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Apr 28, 2004: Also Wanted: A NYC Venue

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Hi all; a quick query to those of you who know NYC well: Steve Krug and I will be doing a roadshow stop in Manhattan this fall, ideally in September, for two days of seminars. We're looking for a venue that provides theater-style seating for 100-150 people (though we'd consider a larger space too), and are hoping you might have suggestions.

We typically bypass the hotel/rubber chicken circuit for nifty alternative venues like art film houses, auditoria at colleges, museums, and zoos. We've had good experiences at the SF Exploratorium's McBean Theater, Zoo Atlanta's Coca-Cola World Studio, and especially the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago. Does anything similar come to mind for NYC? A room at one of the museums, or NYU or Cooper Union? Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

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Comment: James Spahr (Apr 28, 2004)

FIT has a really spiffy auditorium that the AIGA has used in the past (plus it's right next to Penn station for the bridge and tunnel crowd), as does the New School. There's also the Public Theatre (don't know if they rent that out)...

I could definitely find out how you could get into the theatre at Pratt, but in reality Pratt is a PITA to get to, so I'd use that as a last resort.

Comment: James Spahr (Apr 28, 2004)

FIT has a really spiffy auditorium that the AIGA has used in the past (plus it's right next to Penn station for the bridge and tunnel crowd), as does the New School. There's also the Public Theatre (don't know if they rent that out)...

I could definitely find out how you could get into the theatre at Pratt, but in reality Pratt is a PITA to get to, so I'd use that as a last resort.

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