by Andrea Doyle | March 21, 2019
The shuttered Saks Fifth Avenue in Brookfield Place in Lower Manhattan is about to be transformed into a 73,000-square-foot, multiuse event venue managed by meeting and event venue developer Convene. Opening this fall, the facility will be Convene's largest event space to date.

"Our customers have been looking for Convene venues to host their tentpole events for years, since there is a shortage of spaces that can accommodate large-scale events and conferences in New York City," said Ryan Simonetti, CEO and cofounder of Convene. "We are thrilled to finally open a space to cater to the needs of our corporate clients that need space for conferences, trade shows and summits, while joining the ranks of spaces in Lower Manhattan that host iconic cultural events such as the Tribeca Film Festival and New York Fashion Week, among others,"

The new Convene space will include two large rooms with seating for up to 500 people each, as well as several other areas to accommodate smaller meetings and events. The venue also will include a retail café, where Convene will provide its signature in-building vertical catering program of locally-sourced food and beverages, similar to hotel room service, to Brookfield tenants and the local community. In addition, Convene will partner with Arts Brookfield on Brookfield Place programming, fostering community and cross-pollination among Lower Manhattan workers, residents and business owners.

"Brookfield Place is a destination of choice for commercial tenants and visitors thanks to its high-end design, grand public spaces, unparalleled amenities and year-round arts programming," said Ben Brown, executive vice president of the Brookfield Property Group. "We recognized that sophisticated event and flex meeting space was a component that would enhance the Brookfield Place experience for office tenants and visitors alike. Convene's unique plans for this space, coupled with its exceptional hospitality services, will be a game-changer for Brookfield Place on all fronts."

Brookfield Place marks Convene's sixth location within Brookfield's portfolio and 30th location nationally. "Brookfield Properties has been an incredible partner to Convene for many years," said Simonetti. "Their track record in place-making and creating integrated office and retail destinations goes hand-in-hand with Convene's unmatched event and hospitality-focused experience. This new location will allow us to host an array of large-format events that reflect the dynamism happening at Brookfield Place and across the entire city."