We scoured our listings for the coolest warehouses in NYC. After all, warehouses make incredible film and photo locations, as well as great places to throw the perfect dance party or yoga workshop. They’re big. They’re airy. They all have a “vibe” –– ranging from industrial “antique” to creatively romantic. And when you’re filming, it’s nice to find a location with some character. Of course, these are just a handful of the warehouses in NYC. If you’d like to see more, we tons of warehouse listings on Peerspace, bookable for your next event!
Now, without further ado, here are our 10 favorite warehouses:
1. This massive loft in Vinegar Hill
This almost-600-square-foot loft has brick walls and raw wood floors with a nice, weathered look. With 16 windows and 4 large skylights, this space gets plenty of natural light too. Overall, what you get here is a large open space, perfect for a yoga retreat, wedding ceremony, or a daylong photoshoot. You can dress it up or down as much as you’d like, and it can accommodate up to 150 people without much fuss.
2. This industrial space in DUMBO
Down under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass is where you can find this huge space. Obviously, this NYC warehouse has a gritty, industrial feel, as demonstrated from its Peerspace photos. At 8000 square feet with impressively tall ceilings, you’ll have plenty of room for set building and all the technical people you need on set to get your shots. Both floors of this warehouse are underground, so it’s very quiet, and you can make it as dark as you’d like. Who wouldn’t want to explore this place with the lights off?
3. This warehouse-turned-living/event space in Bushwick
This old warehouse-turned-living-space is a popular event space and film location. Check out the photos and you’ll see that it’s a gem. There are still plenty of elements of the old warehouse leftover, but the rest of it has been redone in a posh 1920s New York style (just look at the dark penny tile, claw-foot tub in the bathroom, and gorgeous chandeliers for lighting throughout the place). There’s furniture you’re free to use (or stow away), plenty of cool art, a natural place for a stage — if you wanted to throw concert — and there’s even a photo screen and projector available if you want to show your new documentary here.
4. This 14,000-square-foot industrial space in Passaic, NJ
This gargantuan warehouse in Passaic has 22-foot ceilings and more than ample room and natural light. If you need more light, it would be pretty easy to set up custom lighting here given all the exposed ceiling struts. This is a wonderful event space, as it dresses up quite nicely. And it really stands out as a location for video production. You can easily create multiple sets within the space and still have plenty of room for all your technical crew. We can imagine this place dressed up as an office building, a public high school, a busy war-planning room in the 1940s, an art gallery, and much more. It’s about an hour outside of town, but it’s well worth the trip.
5. This warehouse with character in East Williamsburg
This warehouse in East Williamsburg is part of a larger complex that has been the home to many film productions, including an episode of HBO’s Girls. This particular part of the complex is 2600 square feet, and can comfortably fit 75. The place has that ideal warehouse feel, with its exposed bricks and beams, which is why it’s so popular with NYC’s filmmakers and photographers. There is a hair and makeup room, and another flex space for you and your team to prep. The whole place is heated and ventilated. And you can flood it with water or even set up pyrotechnics, if that’s what your film calls for. Talk to the staff, and they will happily set you up with whatever you need.
6. This brilliant converted warehouse and garden space in East Williamsburg
We sort of love the look of this place — both the indoor and outdoor space. Inside, you’ve got floor-to-ceiling windows with transoms. And between the windows and the skylights, there’s a ton of light bathing every surface. Outside, there’s a quaint little courtyard/garden with a koi pond, some sweet lighting, and an oasis-y vibe. This is one of the most fully-converted of the warehouse spaces on this list. You’ll see stocked bookshelves, a fireplace right out of Architectural Digest, exposed wood-beam ceilings, really nice concrete work, and a number of tasteful additions that make the place both fashionable, and yet still a classic NYC warehouse.
7. This raw warehouse space in East Williamsburg
This particular space is part of the same warehouse complex that we mentioned in #4. This warehouse in NYC is 2000 square feet with weathered white bricks, and 37-foot-tall ceilings. Compared to some other warehouses on this list, it’s definitely raw, so you might have to do some work to get it looking the way you’re imagining. But that’s easy to do, and the owners are very accommodating. It’s a great production facility with lots of practical perks — like the ground-level loading bay that makes it simple to get your crew and gear in and out. This is your blank canvas.
8. This white-brick warehouse with a rooftop deck
A lot of warehouses in NYC are raw, whereas a lot of the others have been redone into fashionable living or event spaces. This place falls somewhere in between the two. The airy warehouse space is bright, painted white, and not too weathered — raw but well kept. Upstairs, there is a furnished sitting area with a piano that is a very popular photography destination. And, this place is also a popular rental for special events, as it also has a 30-person rooftop deck with available barbecue.
This 7000 square foot warehouse space is another popular NYC film location. The ownership here has lots of experience with filmmakers, so they can give you some pointers about how to set the space up for wardrobe, makeup, catering, and so on. The place has great brickwork, nicely cared-for concrete floors, and excellent lighting. One other perk a lot of people like is the built-in bar area, which can either be used as a set, or can be stocked and used as an actual backstage bar to bring your VIPs to (with the proper permits and vendors, of course). And of course the East Williamsburg area is fu ll of artists, filmmakers, and cool businesses trying to change the world, so it’s an inspiring place to work.
10. This bright little warehouse space in Greenpoint
This space is on the small side, but we included it because we sort of love the look of it. Those wooden floors! Wide-planked and distressed, but not distressed on purpose. Bright tall ceilings, lots of light, and just the right little pops of color. No wonder this place is Instagrammed so much. In the 1800s, it was a rope factory, and now, in its new life, it’s a hotspot for filmmakers and photographers. Be sure to ask them about their equipment rentals and their production services. Perhaps they can save you some time and money –– in addition to providing you with this amazing backdrop.
Some parting thoughts
Make sure to search Peerspace to see all the warehouses in NYC we have to offer––as well as all the other cool places that are available to filmmakers, photographers, and people planning events. We’ve got studios, penthouses, bookstores, art galleries, and mansions galore, and that’s just the start. With Peerspace’s help, you can own Instagram, shoot the film of your dreams, or plan a wedding no one ever forgets.