Happy Holidays from KBNY!

2012 was such a wonderful year for Karen Brown New York! We had the pleasure of working with so many wonderful clients and creating unforgettable events for their special occasions.

Here is a video recap of our year in event planning and the charities that benefited from “An Event that Gives Back!”.

5% Goes to Ronald McDonald House New York!

After planning a summer terrace cocktail party for my client’s 40th birthday, he chose the Ronald McDonald House New York for his 5% donation – another Event that Gives Back!

An excerpt from their website:

At Ronald McDonald House New York, we support each family and coordinate emotional and physical services, psychological care, ministry support, wellness programs, tutors, music, art, transportation, activities for siblings, holiday and birthday parties and camaraderie for parents struggling with their child’s cancer diagnosis.”

Party at the Brooklyn Clock Tower!

Today I met my client at his apartment, the famous clock tower of Brooklyn, to drop off items for his birthday cocktail party this weekend. One Hanson Place, a luxury apartment building, was once the Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower and is still one of the world’s tallest four-sided clock towers.

I was in awe of the interior space and my client was kind enough to show me the old bank lobby which is now still used for events and parties.

The building also has an intimate lounge for residents to use for private parties which is where my client is having his cocktail party. It’s a great space with a nice size kitchen and includes a terrace overlooking Brooklyn.

Now that I have dropped off all the bits and pieces everything is set for Saturday’s party; bartender by A-List Event Staffing, catering by Brooklyn Fare and all the other necessary items to make the party complete!

Martini Glasses & Sales Tax!

I spent the afternoon searching for 30 martini glasses for a client’s upcoming 40th birthday party, all which needed to match. You wouldn’t think this would be a hard task in New York City but it was quite the challenge! I ended up at Pier 1 near Union Square but they had less than half of what I needed. The sales associate was kind enough to call the Jersey City location and luckily they had the remaining amount I needed.

I immediately headed to the PATH train and went straight Jersey City. When I got to Pier 1 I went to the counter to pick up the glasses and when the associate rang me up and gave me the total I was in shock! I couldn’t understand why I was paying less for the same glasses in Jersey City than I did in Manhattan? This is when I discovered that the sales tax in Jersey City is less than half of what it is in NYC! I’m not exactly sure when but New Jersey created an program called Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) which is supposed to help “foster an economic climate that revitalizes designated urban communities and stimulates their growth…”.  Needless to say, at a tax rate of 3.5% I may need to start doing more shopping in Jersey City!

Eat, Drink & Be Married!

Today I was out and about shopping for a client’s upcoming 40th birthday celebration, mainly looking for vintage cocktail and martini glasses. Fishs Eddy on Broadway in the Flatiron is a perfect place for this sort of thing so it was the first stop on my list. When I arrived I was intrigued by their window display which is a mannequin covered in spoons and made into the shape of a wedding dress. Being a wedding planner I thought this was a clever idea, especially being peak wedding season right now!