The Sanctuary is ready for your special celebration! We host one event at a time and dedicate our energy to ensuring your exciting moment is uniquely yours. The space is located directly on the East River with a spectacular view of Manhattan. It is a one of a kind location right in NYC!
Our amenities include an indoor and outdoor sound system, newly renovated indoor and outdoor bathrooms, bar and patio-style tables and seating, and event lighting. Tents and banquet furniture are available for rental. We have an in-house catering partner, or you can choose your own vendor and use our ample indoor catering space and prep area. The Sanctuary also has a custom wood-fired pizza oven and outdoor bar with bar service available upon booking. There are multiple locations available for on-site ceremonies, a bridal suite, and renovated guest rooms for those looking to make their event a true destination.
via Public Transportation:
Arrive onto Roosevelt Island by subway on the F train, or for a unique view of the city, take the aerial tramway from Manhattan to Roosevelt Island. You can also arrive by the Astoria Line ferry (catch it from Long Island City or lower Manhattan).
Once on Roosevelt Island, there is a free red Shuttle Bus that loops around the island. Catch it at the public transportation hub and take it to the Octagon stop (888 Main Street). The Sanctuary is a 3-minute walk toward the river to our 851 Main Street address. Walk through the small parking lot of the Octagon (you’ll walk by tennis courts and a baseball field on your left, Octagon on your right). Turn right at the stop sign and follow the road down toward the river to reach The Sanctuary around the corner on your left; it’s a dead-end road.
Instead of the Shuttle Bus, you can also walk along the beautiful Westside waterfront promenade park (alongside the Manhattan skyline) until you pass the pier that looks like a boat bow; The Sanctuary will be on the right. The walk is a leisurely 15 minutes.
The Sanctuary is tucked away on the northwest waterfront of Roosevelt Island, next to the Octagon residential buildings. Drive onto Roosevelt Island from Long Island City, where there is garage parking right when you come onto the island, or try metered street parking along Main St. as you near the Sanctuary address (851 Main Street). There is no parking directly at The Sanctuary; you will be towed.
Uber/taxi drop off is easiest at the Octagon by the red shuttle bus stop. Then it’s a 3-minute walk through the small parking lot of the Octagon (you’ll walk by tennis courts and a baseball field on your left, Octagon on your right). Turn right at the stop sign and follow the road down toward the river to reach The Sanctuary around the corner on your left; it’s a dead end road.
Roosevelt Island Parking Garage information can be found here: https://rioc.ny.gov/299/Driving
Sanctuary space: 1500 sq ft indoor space with bar service, century-old restored stonewall church with original stained glass.
Main patio: 2000 sq ft main outdoor patio event space with bar service. Bi-level/stage area included.
Front yard: 1000 sq ft patio with another bi-level area that leads to building entrance.
Backyard: 500 sq ft intimate garden space
Indoor and outdoor sound system for main event spaces
Catering space/prep area
Indoor and outdoor bathrooms
Bar and patio-style tables and seating (tent and banquet furniture additional rental)
Basic event lighting
Bar service (must be booked when renting space)
In-house catering partner available for hire (or bring in your own vendors)