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Whether you’re planning a blowout bash for 250 of your office mates or an intimate dinner party for 30, we can accommodate you at one of our three venues:
The Green Building, 501 Union or Sky Gallery.  Food and beverage packages are curated by Purslane, brought to you by the team behind Rucola in partnership with Gowanus Hospitality Group.
Please contact one of our Private Events Managers at 718.522.3363 for more package details.
We look forward to celebrating with you!

Wedding Crashers 2014


(c) Moss & Isaac

We are still dusting the glitter out of our hair and recuperating from another bustling afternoon of Wedding Crashers!  While spending their day sipping on cocktails and sampling bites from foodie heaven, couples had the pleasure of sorting through the very best of the New York Wedding industry!


And not only were we able to host a rockin’ batch of caterers, florists, planners, photographers & more here at The Green Building, we also incorporated our Gallery space “SHOWROOM Gowanus” into the mix by joining our neighboring gardens and hosting another group of amazing vendors there as well!


And if you hadn’t noticed (umm,how could you not??) in more ways than one, our in-house event design collective Starling on Bond made their official debut!! Not only did this amazing group of ladies style The Green Building table and our outdoor courtyard, they also hosted a very enticing champagne and sweets lounge in our speakeasy!

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We were also so very excited to showcase our lovely in-house caterer Purslane making their tasty debut!  Hope you had a chance to swing by, sample their goodies and say hello!!

And never one to let anyone down, the participating vendors came ready this year with all of the glitz, glam and showcasing we expected!


Events by Melissa McNeeley


Gabriella NY and Octavia & Brown


Moss & Isacc


Jove Meyer Events


Quatre Coeur Floral Design


DISH Food and Events

And to top it all off we spent the remainder of our Sunday afternoon with cocktails and treats from Purslane at our sister venue 501 Union!  A venue meant to wine, dine and host sophisticated crowds; Starling on Bond stepped in again by designing both the lounge and Gallery area as well as a lovely mock ceremony site in the Garden!

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We could go on and on for days about it all but take a peak for yourself at this video by Love + Brain films that pretty much sums up Wedding Crashers in all its glory!  Hope to see you there next year!!

Wedding Crashers from Courtney Arcese on Vimeo.


The Green Building Team

*Photos by Moss & Isaac

Love on the Canal

We had a cancellation on Valentine’s Day (sad).  So, yesterday morning our staff sat down to review the calendar together…coffee was drunk, Kara’s candy drawer was raided…and we came up with a BIG.IDEA.  Can we pull this off in three weeks? Are we totally nuts? It’s gonna be a lot of work…plus hectic and maybe a little chaotic…also kinda fun and romantic, right?  Check it out.

The Green Building Presents “Love on the Canal,” a pop-up wedding chapel Friday February 14th through Sunday February 16th, 2014.  Whether you’re planning a shotgun wedding, want to elope on the banks of the Gowanus, renew your vows, or pledge your commitment to a group of  of your closest friends, we’ve got you covered.    We’ll provide the space, the furniture and decor (w/ styling by Starling on Bond, check out their Pinterest board for a sneak peek!), officiant, photographer, DJ, bubbly, passed apps and dessert.  You bring yourself and up to 20 of your closest friends, and a marriage license if this is “for real, FOR REAL.”Join us and some of our favorite wedding vendors for an unforgettable weekend!

Package details are below.  For more information or to sign up, please email  Packages and time slots will booked on first come, first serve basis.

“Faux” Wedding Package ($500):
Not legally binding!  Get married to your best friend(s) or your Valentine’s Day date! The whole thing lasts 45 minutes and can accommodate up to 20 guests! From single to married and back again in less than an hour…Please note this package is only available on Valentine’s Day and includes:
*”Faux” Wedding ceremony
* Ring pops and fake flowers for all involved
* Ceremony and party music from DJ Ryan Rasheed
* Polaroid keepsake from JBM Wedding Photography
* Post-ceremony champagne toast and dessert
* (2) tickets to 501 Union Valentine’s Day party plus discounted entry for the rest of your party

Vow Renewal Package ($750):
The whole thing lasts 1 hr for up to 20 guests (plus the couple!).  Available Friday – Sunday from 10am – 10pm, and includes:
* Vow renewal ceremony
* Bouquet and/or boutonniere
* Polaroid keepsake from JBM Wedding Photography
* Ceremony and party music from DJ Ryan Rasheed
* Post-ceremony champagne toast and dessert
* (2) tickets to 501 Union Valentine’s Day party plus discounted entry for the rest of your party (Friday night only)

“Real” Wedding Package ($1,500)
The whole thing lasts 1.5 hrs for up to 20 guests (plus the couple!).  Available Friday – Sunday from 10am – 10pm, and includes:
* Legally binding wedding ceremony (marriage license must be provided)
* Bouquet and/or boutonniere
* Photography coverage and photo booth by JBM Wedding Photography
* DJ Ryan Rasheed for ceremony, First Dance and cocktail “hour”
* Passed apps, champagne toast and dessert
* Exit in one of The Green Building’s vintage cars

We’ll also have add-ons like up-dos and make-up, a signature cocktail creation, 30-minute portrait sessions, video of the whole shebang and more!  Stay tuned as we’re confirming details quickly. 

Happy 2014!

Well, hello, 2014.  We’ve got some resolutions.  #1 – Drink more green juice.  #2 – Update this blog on a regular basis! It’s been sad and neglected for far too long.

We’re curious, dear readers (is anyone out there?): What do you want to know?  Besides the usual posts with news about what’s happening around the venue (and there is a LOT! It warrants a separate post, for sure), what’s interesting to you?  Posts about how to pull of a wedding here without a caterer? Floorplan ideas?  Recommendations for restaurants in Gowanus? Comment, share, talk back, hold us to it.

And newlyweds, we’re coming for you.  We’ve had hundreds of weddings at the Green Building over the past three years, with so many interesting, creative, engaging couples.  We want to show them off, and tell their stories.    Email me at if you want to nominate someone to be profiled.

PS – Love this latest article from the Huffington Post about the Five Lies the Wedding Industry is Selling (But We’re Not Buying.) Couldn’t agree more about favors (vendors, don’t kill me.)  I can’t tell you how many chocolates end up in the trash (or even worse, on the desks of our staff, causing us to break resolution #1).  If your favor feels like an after-thought, nix it.

PPS – How great is this photo by Katie Osgood? Reminds me of Weegee.


Brooke / Director of The Green Building


New Services in 2012!

In addition to our beautiful rental space, we offer the following services:

In-house event planning, including vendor recommendations, timeline creation, staffing plans and more. Whether you love the idea of our raw space but need some guidance pulling everything together, or you’re more hands on, we’ll work together so that you can relax on your big day.

Lighting and sound packages.We’ll help you design the look (and sound!) of your event.Want a light curtain behind the DJ?Globe lights strung across the ceiling? A short film playing during cocktail hour? We can make it happen.

Pop-up 1,200 sq ft outdoor space. Perfect for cocktail hour or dancing underneath the stars! Tenting is optional.

Custom cocktail creation and bar consultation. Let one of our experienced staff create a special bar menu for your event, including specialty cocktails, mixers and garnishes.

Please contact us at 718.522.3363 or at for rates and availability.

Video of Lauren and Bennett’s wedding

You are going to love this video of Lauren and Bennett’s wedding. How cute and kissy are they? And their dog as ringbearer? Get out! Film by Tree of Life Films. If you haven’t checked them out yet, you must. A joy to work with. Stay tuned for more photos of Lauren and Bennet’s big day.

JP + Sheala’s February Wedding!

HUGE day for photos! Up first: JP + Sheala’s gorgeous February wedding. Peep Tory Williams’ blog (www.torywilliams.comfor photos of this beautiful couple and their big day! Delicious food by Naturally Delicious and florals by one of our new faves, Congrats JP and Sheala! We wish you lots of love and happiness.


Holiday Party Packages at The Green Building

‘Tis the season for eating, drinking (and singing!!?) Whether you’re planning an intimate night with family and friends or a blowout company bash, The Green Building can take care of every aspect of your holiday party, so you can relax with your guests. 


Once they arrive at The Green Building, your guests can:

-Dig into one of six food packages from Mexicue, Food Freaks, and Wafels and Dinges

-Toast friends and co-workers during three hours of holiday-themed open bar service by The Green Building Bar

-Entertain you (or embarrass themselves) with the20,000-song Karaoke set-up

-Dance to your own, expertly curated iPod playlist or an excellent DJ from Scratch Events 

 -Strike poses in a custom photo booth, with the option to brand photos with your company’s logo

The Green Building’s holiday party packages—which also include tables, chairs, clean-up and event staff—start at $85 per person. (Sales tax and gratuity will be billed separately.) To book, contact the Director of Events, Brooke Morris Rasheed at or call 718.522.3363.

Colleen + Tom at the Green Building!





Who’s hosting an event for the NYC Wine & Food Festival?

Oh that’s right. We are!

We are so incredibly excited to be hosting Edible Brooklyn’s “Brooklyn’s Bounty with Adam Richman” on October 1 from 7 – 10 p.m. Here’s the description:


Adam Richman hosts the hit TV show Man vs. Food but for one night he’ll be returning home to showcase the top morsels in BK. An emerging culinary hot spot, it is time that this Borough is given its due. Brooklyn’s Bounty is a night to snack on the best this dining destination has to offer. Join Adam on a journey down Flatbush Avenue and the delicious morsels from all his favorite haunts. DJ MIkey Palms will spin the tunes that will make Brooklyn rock! Producing the event is Edible Brooklyn magazine, the community publication that keeps the culinarily curious up-to-date on everything happening in the food world. Enjoy cocktails, local wines, and music in a laid back atmosphere in downtown Brooklyn.

Confirmed Participants:

Acme Smoked Fish Corporation Bark Bierkraft   Brennan & Carr Buttermilk Channel Café Glechik Colonie Cooking Channel Ice Cream Truck D. Coluccio & Sons Der Kommissar Fette Sau Four & Twenty Blackbirds Gorilla Coffee L & B Spumoni Gardens Liddabit Sweets McClure’s Papa Perrone’s Peppa’s Jerk Chicken Solber Pupusas The Chocolate Room Vinegar Hill House

Check out the event’s website for tickets and for updated mouth-wateringly amazeballs participants.

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