The Sanctuary is a waterfront, restored century-old stone church on NYC's historic Roosevelt Island. Sweeping views of Manhattan, the East River, and its bridges. Location is near the Roosevelt Island lighthouse, parkland, and piers. Main indoor church space is now converted into a flex event space with a 40 ft marble bar and catering prep kitchen. Original beams, stained glass windows, alter, and pulpit (moveable). Attached to the church space is a renovated 3-bedroom house with 1 full bath and 2 half baths. Fireplace parlor room and main living room on the first floor. Outdoor areas include a wood-gated back courtyard, a front bi-level patio, and our main outdoor 4000 sq. ft patio terrace at the side of the church. The terrace has an outdoor bar and wood-burning pizza oven.
The venue is a chess school and club founded and run by one of the best coaches in the United States, Grandmaster Maxim Dlugy. Grandmaster Dlugy worked with World champions Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov and is himself a former World Junior Champion. His small group classes are focused on improving kids and adults chess as quickly and effectively as possible by giving them special exercises to immediately begin competing with each other. This process energizes the students best, getting their creativity to its peak potential, which leads to improvement in thinking patterns. For little kids who are just starting out, the Academy offers some of the top instructors in the New York area with over 20 years of experience each in teaching kids chess through fun stories and games. The Academy organizes tournaments on weekends and Tuesdays to help kids and adults practice what they learn and get an official U.S. Chess Federation rating, which will track their progress. Open daily.
Production booking accepted preferably, 7pm onwards.
Photo Shoots, Filming, Weddings, Team Building, Dinner Parties and more. 35 person capacity. Welcome to our unique space. Once a local church, this building has undergone extensive renovations. With a professional sound system (and in-house soundboard), a projector, and 4 full floors, this church converted house is the perfect space for your next event. By booking our events space you agree to abide by the house rules.
Note: The bedrooms and office areas will be out of bounds but available for an additional fee.
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