42-38 9th St, Long Island City, NY 11101
In 1906 The Alba Metal Foundry was the main supplier of steel for the Long Island City area, however, the manufacturing side faded out by the 19070s and in 1982 the Du Val family purchased the property restoring the 3,00 square foot space and began hosting events in the early 2000s. Today, The Foundry finds new life as a popular event space loved by wedding couples who love New York architecture with a side of nature.
What I love most about The Foundry is the freedom that a bride and groom have to truly create a wedding day that authentically reflects who they are. Brick walls meet glass rooftops, and the entire venue is a blank canvas with a rustic urban touch which enhances, and doesn’t limit, any design or décor ideas.
Ceremonies can be held in the Main Space which is often home to crisscrossing Edison lights, floral displays or drapery. Light cascades down through exposed iron beams from the stunning glass ceiling. A meld of red bricks, iron, and light create a raw canvas ready to embrace your ideas. The cool industrial vibe becomes industrial chic with even just the simplest touches and it quickly transforms into an intimate space for friends and family to witness the vows. Outside in the Courtyard couples can choose to hold their ceremony beneath the climbing ivy and blue skies, or they can have the space tented.
Receptions inside the Main Space often make fun use of The Mezzanine above, which also lends itself to taking creating stunning images as it wraps above the room on both sides. The Mezzanine is a great spot for hosting a cocktail hour, as is The Greenhouse, both flooded with light and the textures which make The Foundry a talking point for guests. Another thing wedding couples appreciate about The Foundry is the industrial kitchen and the ability to for a couple to hire the caterer of their choice.
An amazing space in its own right, The Courtyard, with the lush greens, brick surroundings, and views of the Queensboro Bridge and Manhattan, provides an amazing portrait backdrop for a ceremony, reception or formal portraits. Watch the sunset and dance underneath the stars while the small din of the city mixes with the music; it’s nothing short of cinematic.
Usually, when someone says, “Lights, Camera, Action!”, at The Foundry, it’s because they are filming for a movie or a TV Show on the location. However, what I’m talking about is the endless amount of light and shadows and arches doorways which allow me to grab my camera and capture all the action of the day: the connection, the emotion. Light shadows, lines, and the arched brick doorways are historical characterizes that mix with natural elements is any photographer's dream. In today’s world where artistry, creativity, and authenticity are demanded by couples and desired by guests, The Foundry is a place that offers all of that complete with views of the Manhattan skyline.