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Faces & Places for Special Events: New York

Faces & Places for Special Events: New York

The Place: Hudson Terrace

The Scoop: Opened in May, Hudson Terrace combines exquisite interiors with a selection of all-season outdoor spaces, making it one of New York's most versatile event settings. The 13,000-square-foot venue doesn't just accommodate 800 guests but treats them to red carpets, Swarovski chandeliers and spectacular city views.

The Buzz: Clients can't get enough of the site's sumptuous design and technical details, which include imported heirloom woods, handcrafted tiles, one-of-a-kind video-monitor “chandeliers” and wireless connectivity. Of special note are the main-space Salon, bedecked in jewel tones and tooled leather, and the spectacular Rooftop Garden Lounge, which features Japanese willows, glass-sided cabanas and temperature-regulated mahogany flooring.

The 411: Hudson Terrace
621 W. 46th St.
New York, NY 10036

The Face: Olivier Cheng

The Biz: Olivier Cheng Catering & Events

The Scoop: While they might seem unlikely qualifications for a caterer, Olivier Cheng's degrees in architecture and business administration are in fact “a perfect match” for his field, he says. The entrepreneur-minded Cheng mixed his understanding of brand-building and modern design with a passion for fabulous food. The result: one of New York's most celebrated catering firms, with a devoted band of high-end, celebrity clients.

The Buzz: A staff of top chefs from leading restaurants ensures that Olivier Cheng's food — a contemporary take on New American cuisine with European and Asian influences — is the finest it can be. Guest favorites include truffled grilled cheese, rack of lamb with sweet onion soubise, and wild striped bass en papillote with truffle butter sauce.

The 411: Olivier Cheng Catering & Events
12-16 Vestry St.
New York, NY 10013

The Face: Bobby Taylor

The Biz: Taylor Creative/Taylor Creative Props

The Scoop: Frustrated with the lack of modern furniture rentals available for his work with an annual fashion trade show, Bobby Taylor decided to take matters into his own hands. Taylor Creative Props, the company he launched as an offshoot of his event design firm, has since become his primary focus, and a source of standout rentals for big-name events both nationally and internationally.

The Buzz: Cutting-edge and infinitely cool, Taylor Creative Props stays ahead of the curve by sourcing new products three times a year at international furniture markets and custom-crafting furniture collections for clients' specific design and branding needs.

Big Gigs: “Sex and the City” film premiere after-party; Super Bowl XLII VIP tents; Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

The 411: Taylor Creative/Taylor Props
150 W. 28th St.
New York, NY 10014


Brooklyn's Bridge Furniture & Props introduces the white leather swivel lounge chair — a sleek seat on a splayed chrome base that blends beautifully with other pieces for a sophisticated, modern look.

New decor pieces from Pink Inc. include the versatile DNA structure — perfect for events with backdrops and good lighting — and the Cove, which creates corners and nooks.

Debuting this month from Fifth Avenue Digital, the FAD E-Portfolio online photo album allows viewers to “flip” fully customized pages of event photos.

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