• NatGeo Theater Gives Meeting Planners an Entirely New Atmosphere for Events

    An Ocean of Possibilites

     
    FROM THE Spring 2018 ISSUE
     

Located in the heart of Times Square, National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey, an experiential venue, is an exciting new venue in New York City. Created by Academy Award-, Grammyand Emmy-winning designers, the space offers an immersive undersea experience for guests, including interactions with on-screen sea otters, humpback whales and great white sharks. Guests can even pledge not to use plastic water bottles in order to keep the oceans clean. The space was designed to foster interaction with guests and an interactive cocktail reception can hold up to 600 guests, with seated dinners for smaller groups. 

“The technology behind it is really phenomenal. It really is an extremely high-tech space,” says Karen Shackman, president of Shackman Associates New York, the venue’s preferred event planning company. Her favorite parts of the space include interacting with the sea otters and walking through an “undersea water heaven.” The venue also boasts a prime location. “In New York City, location is so important and there’s nothing else like it in the area,” she adds. 

Sixty-two guests gathered for the Northeast M+E Best of 2018 readers’ choice awards on Aug. 16 at Upstairs at The Pennsy in New York City. The event’s presenting sponsor was Kalahari Resorts & Conventions; the bar sponsor was Bear Creek Mountain Resort & Conference Center; and the “green” carpet sponsor was Topgolf. Event partners included Acute Inflections, Jamie Rosler from ComedySportz, Drawing Booth, Eclipse Events, Flowerful Events, Pat LaFrieda, The Pennsy Food Hall, Sabi Sushi and Wizard Studios

 

It’s all in a day’s work for Julie Sawitz, the 21 Club’s director of private dining.