Flushing’s historic catering hall, Terrace on the Park, unveiled a $9 million makeover on Wednesday.
The redesign consisted of more than 3,000 square yards of carpeting imported from England, 3,000 gallons of paint on the outside of the building, more than 75 new LED lights and 1,500 feet of LED strip lights throughout the facility, and refurbishing of some of the venue’s signature event halls.
Terrace on the Park general manager Bruno Marques said that the renovations were focused on modernizing the facilities.
“You always have to keep up with the times and keep everything refreshing and try to offer something new to all your clients, whether it be corporate or social client, a wedding or a bat mitzvah,” Marques told the Queens Tribune. “You really need a nice little refresher.”
The Penthouse, which adjoins the outdoor Rooftop at the top of the building to provide panoramic views of Flushing Meadows Corona Park, was given new “height-enhancing” coffered ceilings, new plaster panels, custom-built bars, LED lighting and new carpeting. The Rooftop was reconfigured with new stonework, landscaping and LED planters.
Meanwhile, the Grand Ballroom, Crystal Ballroom and Regency Ballroom were refurbished with new zebra-wood panels and sconces as well as LED lighting that can be customized with special effects for a variety of events.
Among the biggest changes was the addition of a new “Promenade Level,” which sits just below the ballrooms on the top floor. The Promenade Level consists of the Lotus and Marquis suites, which offer reception and meeting spaces that can accommodate up to 200 people. The Promenade Level was used during the World’s Fair as a lounge known as “Drinks Around The World,” but fell into disuse before being revitalized in the latest redesign.