The Ephemera House

An enormous pine tree looms up in front of the brown, shingled tower of this handsome home. Step up the porch steps and step back in time. Place your fedora hat on the hall rack and gaze at the 1930’s – 1940’s glamorous oil portraits gracing the staircase wall. Victorian settees, antique wallpaper, and ephemera can be found in every corner and on every wall.

Square footage: 3,000 interior, corner lot with a small yard (Parlor, bedroom, 2 children’s bedrooms, dining room, kitchen, sunroom, bathrooms)

Amenities/Details:

  • Furniture, artwork and props as seen in the pictures
  • Parking on the property and street for trailers and cars

The Natural History Museum

Founded in 1881, New York City’s only general interest museum explores the arts, natural sciences, and local history through permanent and changing exhibitions and welcomes over 65,000 adults and school children to a comprehensive array of programs. Located just two blocks from the Ferry Terminal, visitors can embark on a voyage through time in the Staten Island Ferry exhibit, get close to exotic insects, see rocks glow in the dark along with oddities in the Hall of Natural Sciences and experience the life of Staten Island’s first inhabitants, the Lenape. I know this fantastic museum well; I had a solo art exhibit there. – CvB

Square footage: 4,000 interior, with a pretty, small park-like fenced-in garden.

Amenities/Details:

  • The props and furniture in the pictures may be available for use, the art may require special clearances and restrictions
  • Parking on the grounds, street, and in a nearby lot for trailers and cars

The Highline Gallery

The city is currently turning the old raised highline railroad tracks into a long outdoor park running from Chelsea to the Meatpacking district. The highline goes through this building. You can see the underside of the highline structure in the ceiling of the gallery. The art shown usually has a punk feel to it, and the whole place has a hipster vibe.

Square footage: 800
Location: Meatpacking district, west side of Manhattan

Amenities/Details:

  • Furniture, artwork and props as seen in the pictures (some art use may require permissions)
  • 1 bathroom
  • Street-level storefront space

The Church Gallery

This former urban church is now a white, sleek art gallery. The gallery has soaring ceilings, detailed moldings, hardwood floors, and even a hip basement lounge room with rustic stone walls.

Square footage: 3,000, 15 foot ceilings on the 1st floor, 20 foot ceilings on the 2nd floor

Amenities/Details:

  • Furniture, artwork and props as seen in the pictures (some art use may require permissions)
  • 3 bathrooms
  • kitchenette
  • 300 watt state-of-the-art sound system,
  • Street-level stand alone building
  • 200 person limit for events

The Lofty Gallery

Are you looking for a quintessential NYC loft but sick of trying to shoot in Manhattan? Look no further, The Lofty Gallery is for you. This art gallery cum loft has soaring ceilings, huge windows, white walls, and some columns. The bonus features are working pocket doors, long white-windowed corridors, and large bathrooms.

Square footage: 15,000 square feet (most areas are modern and white, but some are older-looking)

Amenities/Details:

  • The art may require special clearances; restrictions may apply to its usage
  • Parking on the grounds for trailers and cars
  • The art can be de-installed temporarily

The Hansel and Gretel Victorian

Enter this pretty gingerbread cottage-mansion and be drawn deeper inside by its perfumed scent. Once inside, a perfectly frightening bear-skin rug and a variety of taxidermy fauna greet you. Children best stay away from the brick fireplace hearth! Perfectly period-dressed mannequins, musical chairs, antiques, and statuary draw you in deeper. A tiny child’s corset is laid upon a small, pretty bed while music box dolls animate to dance for arriving guests. I half expected to find Miss Havisham pining away in a corner upstairs but instead I found sun poring through gothic-arched windows and shedding light upon dreamy bedrooms and hallways.

Square footage: 3,500 interior, 1/3 acre (Great room, parlor, dining room, music room, library, kitchen, master bedroom, child’s bedroom, sewing room, bathrooms, attic)

Amenities/Details:

  • Furniture, artwork and props as seen in the pictures
  • Parking on the property and street for trailers and cars
  • A pretty yard with the home set back a good distance from the street

The Aristocratic Apartment

A European princess visiting New York City would feel perfectly at home in this grand apartment. The lofty home is one half of an Upper East Side townhouse.  The flat has soaring ceilings, intricate ceiling moldings, three marble fireplaces, pocket doors, built-in window shutters, unique antique furniture, gorgeous woodwork, museum quality paintings, and curious objects d’art. A wooden spiral staircase off the parlor leads upstairs to a glittering bedroom with an Italian glass chandelier. A terrace with a spiral staircase off the dining area leads downstairs to a private garden. The townhouse also has a traditional staircase leading to the double door parlor entrance. From the massive ballroom chandeliers to the bejeweled taxidermy peacock (it was a former pet who died of natural causes), the eclectic décor is dripping with quirky glamour. At the end of the block is the lovely Gracie Mansion (the mayor’s residence), the Hudson River and the beautiful Carl Schurz Park. Note: There is also an unused dentist office in the basement of the townhouse that might be available for rent as well.

Square footage: 1,800 (Floor-thru parlour, open kitchen, dining room, one bedrooms, two bathrooms, terrace, private yard, hallway)

Amenities/Details:

  • Furniture, artwork and props as seen in the pictures
  • 3 fireplaces
  • 2 bathrooms

The Old San Juan Villa

A stunning fifty-two room mansion. The ancient villa sits high on the Old City’s North Wall with stunning Atlantic Ocean views and breezes. Created by joining six interconnecting townhouses, the villa houses an artist and her life’s work in painting and sculpture. The magnificently decaying stone and plaster walls harken back to a time when pirates looted and pillaged in the Caribbean. The villa features brick patios, antique arches, ausubo beams, private stone nooks, a sunken open-air waterfall pool, and a multitude of sculpted fountains. Nineteen gardens and five active art studios are tucked away between twenty-two beautifully appointed guest rooms. A Venetian-style music room houses a grand piano.

Square footage: 23,000 (Fifty two room mansion)

Amenities/Details:

  • Furniture, artwork and props as seen in the pictures
  • Grand piano
  • Pool
  • Fountians
  • Gardens
  • Roof decks
  • Ocean views