Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Skylight One Hanson Hosts 'It's All About Brooklyn!' to Officially Launch the Taste of Brooklyn's High-End Potential Industry

Event to Showcase Select Brooklyn Small Businesses and Introduce a Beautiful, Historic Venue to the Community

BROOKLYN, N.Y., Jan. 20 -- The Skylight Group will officially introduce its new high-end Brooklyn venue to the New York special events industry at a launch party this Thursday, January 21st. "It's All About Brooklyn!" will feature hors d'oeuvres, drinks and desserts from many local vendors to show traditionally Manhattan-focused event planners the current caliber of the borough's offerings against the backdrop of one of its historical masterpieces. The 15,000 square-foot venue is located on the ground floor of One Hanson Place, a beautifully refurbished residential tower that for years was the iconic and historic Williamsburg Bank Building.

The original bank hall serves as the main event space for Skylight One Hanson. The venue features original details including intricate marble floors, carved teller stations and an impressive 40-foot mosaic of New York as a Dutch colony. It also boasts a vaulted 63-foot ceiling with images of the zodiac in the night sky. On Thursday, party guests will be given a sneak peek into the original bank vault, which provides a modern art deco contrast to the Romanesque space above, and will also be available for events. The inner workings of the vault's jaw-dropping 36-ton doors will be beautifully lit by L & M Sound and Light to enable the NYC event industry to discover a new use for this historic underground space.

The event will showcase some of Brooklyn's finest local businesses, including:

Great Performances, the exclusive caterer for the Brooklyn Academy of Music, which sits adjacent to Skylight One Hanson and is best known for crafting food and beverage menus that celebrate the borough's distinctive flavor

Stinky BKLYN, a European-style cheese shop with a serious Brooklyn edge located just a mile from One Hanson

Wine Cellar Sorbets, purveyors that cater to the sweet tooth

Brooklyn Brewery, which started with a stand on the streets of NYC, and is now one of the 40 largest breweries in the country

Cakeman Raven, one of Brooklyn's most cherished bakeries, will provide a custom-designed cake that Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz will cut towards the end of the event.

"Skylight One Hanson offers a beautiful event space in Brooklyn's most iconic architectural landmark. Plus, it's conveniently located for guests arriving from the 'outer borough' of Manhattan – and I guarantee that once they see all that Brooklyn has to offer, some of them won't be going back!" joked Markowitz, President of the Brooklyn Borough.

"There is a real demand for special event venues located within architectural monuments both in Manhattan and in Brooklyn," said Jennifer Blumin, President of the Skylight Group. "The space's historical ties to the community make Skylight One Hanson the ideal setting to bring New York's event industry together with the best of Brooklyn's local vendors."

About One Hanson

One Hanson, also known as the Williamsburg Savings Bank is a true Brooklyn icon. This historic landmark, known for its four sided clock, has been reborn into 179 luxury residences, most with views of New York Harbor, and the Brooklyn and Manhattan skyline. One Hanson Place is located at the center of four vibrant neighborhoods and is surrounded by many of Brooklyn's rich cultural institutions such as The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Brooklyn Museum and The Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. Building amenities include Luxury Attache's concierge services, a Sky Lounge, a fitness center, a children's playroom and a high floor common terrace. One Hanson brings Manhattan luxury and lifestyle to Brooklyn. For more information, visit

To schedule a viewing of the luxury residences located above Skylight One Hanson, or for more information about the property, please call: (718) 233-6600 or email:

About Skylight Group

The Skylight Group is a Manhattan-based event space management firm that specializes in re-conceiving spaces and converting them for high-end event use. With a portfolio that includes Skylight Soho and Skylight West in Manhattan and Skylight One Hanson in Brooklyn, the Skylight Group is known for providing full service and an extensive network of resources to its discerning clients, who include Ralph Lauren, the Whitney Museum, Vogue and Google. Managing every part of the process from inception and construction to long-term operations and marketing, The Skylight Group hosts several hundred events per year, which run the gamut from fashion shows and gala dinners to weddings and photo shoots.

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