May 13, 2013 By Bill Parry
When Buzzfeed, a news and entertainment website that generates 40 million viewers per month, released its list of The 22 Coolest Places in America to Get Married, The Foundry, located at 42-38 9th Street, was ranked #20.
The managers at the Foundry were caught off guard by the ranking.
“We didn’t even know about it,” said Julie Miller, the event manager. “We only found out about it when one of our vendors sent the list to us.”
Miller said the staff at the 107 year old former metal foundry was super excited and that they “busted out the champagne.”
“What’s really cool is we’re the only ones listed in New York City–and the state,” Miller said. In fact, The Foundry was the only wedding venue in the entire northeast to make the list.
Miller said that having the venue mentioned on a website like Buzzfeed is a real plus in the wedding business. “It helps get the word out about us,” she said.
The Foundry hosts an average of three weddings per week, and sometimes as many as five. The sprawling industrial complex also hosts corporate parties, promotional events and shootings for TV, films and commercials, but weddings are the biggest money maker.
While the publicity generated by the Buzzfeed list is certainly welcome, Miller said, business has been extremely good in any case for quite some time.
“This week, I’ve booked four weddings for next year alone,” Miller said on Thursday. The bookings came in before Buzzfeed’s list was released. However, “We should see its [the list’s] affect down the line.”