5 Things New Yorkers Don’t Know About Guastavino’s
Guastavino’s has played host to many of New York’s most spectacular weddings, social events, corporate events, and charity fundraisers. The event space is a designated New York City landmark but, to many New Yorkers, the history and character of the venue remains a mystery.
Guastavino’s is a Historic New York Landmark
The Queensboro Bridge opened to the public on March 30th, 1909. The beautiful arcade underneath the bridge (what is today Guastavino’s) served as a year-round farmer’s market known to locals as “Bridgemarket”. Unfortunately, Bridgemarket suffered the same fate as many New York area businesses during the early 1930s and was forced to close down. The area was taken over by the New York Department of Transportation who utilized the space until the 1970s.
On November 23rd, 1973, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the Queensboro Bridge a landmark, including the large areas below the bridge, which were described as notable. For more info about the history of Guastavino’s, visit the History page on Guastavinos.com
The Guastavino Family Designed New York
Most New Yorkers probably couldn’t pick the name Rafael Guastavino out of a history book, but they would certainly recognize his architectural designs. Guastavino and his family are responsible for dozens of buildings around New York City. Over 100 of his designs, including Guastavino’s, have been designated as historical New York landmarks. His work includes:
Grand Central's Oyster Bar
American Museum of Natural History
Western Union Building
The Plaza Hotel
St. Paul's Chapel
Guastavino’s fingerprints can be seen all over the city, totaling nearly 400 structures in all. Our event venue is a Guastavino family signature piece from top to bottom, complete with soaring granite arches and Catalan vaulted tile ceiling.
Our Head Chef Was Featured on The Food Network
Guastavino’s Head Chef Arvin Dhansew has been known to impress New Yorkers with his innovative dishes using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Did you know that he also impressed the judges on The Food Network’s cooking-competition show “Chopped”?
Before joining Guastavino’s in 2014, Chef Arvin competed on an episode of “Chopped” entitled, “Raw Enthusiasm”. The young chef’s dishes included:
Oysters w/ cardamom & apricot compote
Pan-roasted pork with pickles
For dessert, a sugar cookie sandwich with miso sauce
The Chopped judges praised Arvin for his use of exotic spices and fresh fruit. While the appearance may not have lead to a full-time position as a Food Network personality, the experience drove Chef Arvin to push his cuisine even further towards perfection. It is this passion that continues to delight guests at every event Guastavino’s hosts.
Guastavino’s Acoustics Make It a Unique Concert Venue
Guastavino’s classic architecture, with its arches and high ceilings, makes it a unique concert venue. The venue has hosted a range of musical performances, from rock acts like The Arcade Fire and Scott Weiland (of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver fame), to Lady Gaga and Kanye West.
Guastavino’s Once Hosted a Skate Park
Guastavino’s is known for hosting upscale corporate and social events, but the venue has also opened its doors to more “street culture”. For Sprite’s “Street Couture Showcase”, Brooklyn-based skateboard startup Coda Skateboards built a ramp customized to fit in Guastavino’s front garden. Pro skaters entertained guests as they entered the event, while inside they were treated to break dancing performances and a “street couture” fashion show.
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