|NYC & Co. at NYSE|
NYC-area meeting planners had their own moment last week, when NYC & Company hosted a tri-state event at the iconic New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Wall Street. The evening began with cocktails in the gilded, filigreed Board Room, where part of the fun was considering who else had walked across the elegant carpets over the last century. FDR? Richard Nixon? Ronald Reagan, for sure, and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. And were there such gorgeous flowers on the mile-long conference table when Martha Stewart was on the board of directors?
After drinks, we moved down to the trading floor, which was closed for the day but still seemed to vibrate, thanks to the news and financial market tickers which continued to flash above the floor all evening. A jazz trio played standards, as meeting planners visited with 35 local sponsors and dined on New York City–centric hors d’oeuvres.
The trading floor, which holds up to 500 for a reception, has been available to the public for corporate and other events since early 2010. Additional NYSE venues can be used for dinners, meetings, and receptions.
By virtue of their contact with innovative decor, fabulous venues, and the latest food and beverage options, meeting planners can be famously hard to impress. But the buzz proved that an evening at the NYSE can wow even the most jaded — not to mention the line of planners waiting to have their picture taken at the balcony where the opening bell is rung twice a day to signal the start of trading.