The perfect space to host a intimate event without spending a month's rent. Perhaps you’d love to have 30 of your closest friends over for birthday cocktails, but New York apartments are just too small to accommodate your dream soiree? Look no further! We are accepting bookings for your special event: * Wedding * Baby Shower * Bridal Shower * Birthday Party * Anniversary Party * Dinner Party * Friendsgiving * Other Private Events The space comfortably seats 20 people for a sit down dinner and up to 60 people for a standing cocktail event. It’s a furnished environment including a full kitchen where your friends can cook up a storm or your caterers can make themselves at home. Chic but homey, and looks great in photographs. The natural light is beautiful and abundant! To keep our space affordable, set up and clean up is up to you. You may move items, we just ask that you please return them to their original place. That being said, you are welcome to use anything in our fully-stocked kitchen (plates, cutlery, glasses, serving platters, pots and pans, cake stands, etc.) - anything that can be washed and put back, you're welcome to! Please note that the decorations in the space (such as the swooping cloth pictured in the photograph) changes in accordance with the season. We'd be happy to provide you with information about the specific decorations during your rental time. We do not provide speakers or a sound system. Renters can bring a portable speaker from home for background music. Loud music is not allowed (i.e. if you want to hire a DJ, we are probably not the venue for you). Renters are expected to be respectful of neighbors and keep reasonable noise levels at all times. St. Lydia's is a small storefront church space that hosts rentals of all kinds. We are a progressive, LGBTQIA-affirming congregation working together to dispel isolation, reconnect neighbors, and subvert the status quo. Proceeds from all rentals are in direct support of St. Lydia's. Thank you! <3
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Guests may cancel their Booking until 7 days before the event start time and will receive a full refund (including all Fees) of their Booking Price. Guests may cancel their Booking between 7 days and 24 hours before the event start time and receive a 50% refund (excluding Fees) of their Booking Price. Booking cancellations submitted less than 24 hours before the Event start time are not refundable. Learn more
EMMANUEL N. booked a birthday dinner for 15 people
Wow! Are the words that come to mind. My guest and my wife loved this space! It was much more than I expected. Bigger in size and so well decorated. Its just a beautiful ambiance. The place had everything I needed for my Dinner celebration. I would rent this space again in a heartbeat.
Brian P. booked an event for 30 people
You’ll love St. Lydia’s! The space is lovely and had everything we needed. We had 30 people for a 50th birthday party and had enough space for an informal potluck dinner. There was enough space to sit down and chat.
Alison Z. booked a first birthday for 60 people
This space was perfect for our son's first birthday party! all of our guests commented on how great the space was, and we lucked out with a 65 degree day and the kids could run around in their small yard! The kitchen was well equipped and overall the space was comfortable and cozy - perfect when you want to have a party at home, but you live in a small NYC apartment! Julia and team were helpful and flexible and answered all of our questions!
Ifeolu S. booked a baby shower for 60 people
We hosted a baby shower for 40-50 guests and got so many compliments on the beautiful space. Having access to a kitchen that had many of the kitchenware items we needed for serving was a huge help as we self-catered our party. It was also great to support an LGBTQIA-affirming organization. I would highly recommend St Lydia's and would happily book the venue again!
Bill B. booked an off-site for 25 people
Second Time renting the space and just as good as the first time. Would recommend anyone looking for an intimate gathering. Fully stocked with anything you could need for a dinner party or gathering.
Christine D. booked an event for 35 people
This space was perfect for a birthday party I held where I had about 25-30 guests. Three main points: First -- the space truly is beautiful. It felt warm and inviting, with plenty of seating and the lighting at the time was Christmas lights. I think in the description it says something about wanting to have a dinner party but not having enough space -- this really did feel like a (huge) home to have friends to. Second -- the space is very versatile! Part of the party involved a slideshow presentation (I brought my own projector and screen) and there was space and seating for about 30 people to sit and watch comfortably. We didn't even break down the tables, just moved them to the side. Third -- Julia was a dream to communicate with and helped me get in, was super responsive day-of, and great! I highly recommend booking St. Lydia's. It's also close to a lot of great (large) bars so you can take the party over there when it gets late.
Frecia Felina P. booked a 50th birthday party for 30 people
Kiah was very helpful and responsive. The space was both spacious and intimate. I celebrated my 50th birthday party at this space, which we comfortably had about 25 people. What I loved best about it is the rustic feel it provides with the exposed bricks and table tops. Another big factor that lead us to choose this space was the fact that it provided a ton of seating and tables. Overall we were very pleased with the location and would recommend it to others. Felina
Darko L. booked a baby birthday for 20 people
My wife and I hosted our sons first birthday party in this beautiful space! Both Julia and Kiah were very responsive and provided us with all the relevant information and answered all our questions in a timely manner. The place is truly beautiful and the decorations and lighting are great and easily operated from a few switches. Bathroom has a baby changing station which is a life saver if you are hosting kids parties/baby showers. As great as the place was, and this is strictly constructive criticism, there were a few issues that should be worked out. They are as follows and the only reason I am giving 4/5 stars: 1) The place was surface cleaned but the floors were very dirty (beware if you have kids crawling around) . 2) Same with the counter tops which had some food stains etc. 3) In addition, both the garbage bin and recycle bin were full to the top and had to be emptied. When we left we made sure all the garbage and recycling was taken out in the storage box in the backyard. We also swept up, cleaned the tables and left the place how WE would have liked to have found it. I think the biggest problem is the hosts count on the previous occupant to clean the place and as such everyone will have different standards. Lastly I would say that the backyard, which is completely unfinished and unusable is a missed opportunity since it would add so much to this already great space. That said, we would not hesitate to book again and we will definitely book again!