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A New Place To Party

Unexpected spots to throw a toddler birthday bash

New York has no shortage of birthday party venues. But some of the best are way overplayed. So we asked a few experts in the kid-party biz to tell us about their favorite under-the-radar spots to host a birthday bash.
 
Marla Mase of Party Poopers thinks that the Historic Firehouse at 87 Lafayette Street (212.966.4510) is a prime party spot for little ones since the raw space can easily be transformed into a medieval, pirate or princess-themed fête. The expansive basement of the Church of St. Jean Baptiste (184 E. 76th St., 212.288.5082) is also a great blank canvas, according to Fill-R-Up founder, Amanda Poses. Lyss Stern of Divalysscious Moms likes the “secret” party rooms at Mr. Chow (324 E. 57th St., 212.751.9030) and E.A.T (1064 Madison Ave., 212.772.0022). For outdoor space, Seri Kertzner and Michelle Bachman of Little Miss Party Planner dig the West Village loft space Ramscale, for its massive terrace (463 West St., 212.206.6580). And though you may have been to an event at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (1000 Washington Ave., 718.623.7200) before, we’re betting you didn’t realize they accommodate birthday picnics, too.