These Are The Coolest Warehouses in NYC
- Date: February 22, 2022
- Topic: Photography
- By: Peerspace
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 have tons of warehouse listings on Peerspace, bookable for your next event or production! After all, Peerspace is the largest online marketplace for hourly venue rentals. Besides gritty, stylish, and practical warehouses in NYC, we also offer access to one-of-a-kind penthouses, lofts, cabins, studios, and mansions, to name a few. All venues are available to rent by the hour, making them more budget-friendly for productions and events more so than other rental platforms.
Plus, if your event or production needs any extras, such as catering, A/V equipment, camera and lighting gear, and more, contact the Concierge service. This dedicated crew will source the goods from local vendors and deliver it to you at your warehouse!
Now, without further ado, here are our 10 favorite warehouses in NYC:
1. This massive raw creative space in Vinegar Hill
This almost 7,000-square-foot loft has brick walls and raw wood floors with a nice, weathered look. With polished cement floors, exposed pipelines, ductwork, and tumbled brick walls and columns, you have plenty to work with. It also boasts a prep kitchen and colonial-style window grilles. 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 1,600 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 tranquil, and you can make it as dark as you’d like. Who wouldn’t want to explore this place with the lights off?
Another excellent feature about booking venues through Peerspace is that you get to check out genuine reviews from past bookers. And this warehouse has many! Like this one: “Francesca was an amazing host! The studio was perfect for our purposes and they were able to help us out with some last minute rentals. We will definitely be back!!”
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 contemporary style. 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.
According to a Peerspace user who booked this space for a photoshoot: “The space is really nice. It’s very clean, has many photo props and lots of natural light. The owner Cristina is also very friendly and helpful.”
4. This 13,000-square-foot industrial space in Passaic, NJ
This gargantuan warehouse in Passaic has 22-foot ceilings and more than ample room and natural light. It would be pretty easy to set up custom lighting here if you need more light, 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 and television productions. This particular part of the complex is 3,600 square feet and can comfortably fit 50. 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.
In the words of a designer who booked this space for a shoot: “the space was perfect for our fashion company’s photoshoot! so many cute decor in every corner. host was kind enough to make sure we knew how to work the heater, showed us additional lighting, provided a large water pitcher for my team, and made sure we had everything we needed for our photoshoot. the space was worth every $ thank you for everything today! :)”
6. This brilliant converted warehouse in Kings County
We sort of love the look of this place — and, of course, the feel of it because it’s fully heated! Spanning a whopping 6,000 square feet, this moody industrial basement boasts a green room, 8-foot ceilings, and a freight elevator. The hosts offer camera and lighting equipment rentals as well. With 24-hour access and an on-site bathroom, you can rest assured your production can go all night long.
This is another warehouse that gets lots of love from the Peerspace community! Check out what a producer shared about their experience here: “The host was very responsive and communicative – such an easy day!”
7. This raw warehouse space in East Williamsburg
This warehouse in NYC is more than 12,000 square feet with weathered white bricks and 20-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
Many 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 top-rated 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.
A Peerspace reviewer who booked this warehouse for a baby shower shared the following review: “Really wonderful experience! The hosts were amazing and the place was super cool. All of my guests loved the layout and the amount of space. I would certainly book again in the future.”
9. This humongous warehouse and production space
This 18,000 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 setting 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 full 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, as far as warehouses in NYC go. But we included it because we sort of love its look. 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.
A band that booked a video shoot had the following to say about their time here: “We booked the studio for a music video shoot and we have to say, Ruby Bird is among our favorite rented spaces ever. Very vibey and very hospitable. Rebecca was accommodating to all of our needs and was actively enthusiastic about our project. They run a tight ship but are accommodating for the artists they work with. We love Ruby Bird and can’t wait to work there again!”
Bonus: An ice-sculpting factory in Astoria
Here’s something a little different from the others! If you’re hosting an event or production and want a unique venue for the job, why not a working ice sculpture factory?! Its massive windows and doors let in plenty of fresh air and sunlight. Plus, the on-site equipment makes for wild decor. Keep in mind, this isn’t a super large warehouse, though. But at about 1,000 square feet, it’s ideal for you and 30 of your closest friends.
Rent warehouses in NYC on Peerspace
As great as these warehouses are, there are tons more available on Peerspace to see. And remember, there are plenty of 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.
And remember, the Concierge service is only a few clicks away! Rely on these pros to deliver food, drinks, staff, furnishings, equipment, and more! With Peerspace’s help, you can own Instagram, shoot the film of your dreams, or plan a wedding no one ever forgets.
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