The Prince George Ballroom is owned and operated by Common Ground, a nonprofit that provides affordable housing for homeless & low income New Yorkers. 100% of net proceeds from ballroom events support this mission.
Built in 1904 with an addition in 1912, The Prince George Hotel was a key fixture in the vibrant Madison Square neighborhood, with prominent guests such as playwright Eugene O’Neill. The hotel was designed by architect Howard Greenley in the Beaux Arts style, and had many classical and Neo-Renaissance flourishes. Its ground floor included grand common areas including the Ladies’ Tearoom, the English Tap Room, the Hunt Room, and a spacious lounge that would later become The Prince George Ballroom.For decades, The Prince George Hotel and its restaurants were favorite gathering places. Even in the 1960s, well past its heyday, the hotel continued to draw middle-class tourists visiting New York. But as tourism experienced a steep decline in the 1970s, The Prince George, along with many smaller New York City hotels, lost its grandeur.
With the rise in homelessness in the 1980s, private hotels, including The Prince George, began accepting contracts from New York City to house homeless families. During this period, 1600 homeless women and children occupied The Prince George, in conditions that rapidly deteriorated into squalor and danger. In 1989, after years of chaos, families were moved out by court order and the hotel was closed, remaining vacant for nine years.
In 1996, Common Ground acquired The Prince George Hotel, and with the help of government agencies and corporate partners, transformed the building into permanent supportive housing for homeless and low-income single adults.
The Prince George Ballroom, as well as the adjacent Ladies’ Tea Room and Gallery are now event spaces available for rental with proceeds supporting the expansion of Common Ground’s housing development work.
To learn more about Common Ground and its mission, please visit www.commonground.org.
The Works Catering is owned and operated by Housing Works, a nonprofit that fights to end the dual crises of AIDS/HIV & homelessness. 100% of profits go directly to the mission of Housing Works, Inc.
In 1990, five members of the famous AIDS activist group ACT UP—Keith Cylar, Charles King, Gerri Wells, Eric Sawyer and Virginia Shubert—decided to dedicate themselves to serving one of New York City’s most neglected populations: the tens of thousands of homeless men, women, and children in New York City living with HIV and AIDS. The activists called their new group Housing Works because they believed that stable housing was the key to helping HIV-positive people live healthy and fulfilling lives and to prevent the further spread of the virus.
The organization runs a chain of twelve thrift shops, a bookstore, a catering company and a screen printing business as social enterprises to support their work and lower their dependence on grants and donations. They also provide health care and legal aid services. The group has satellite offices in Albany, New York and Brooklyn, New York.
In early 2010, Housing Works became involved in providing assistance to victims of Haiti's earthquake, especially those living with HIV/AIDS, by re-building three health clinics.
The Works Catering produces high end Weddings and Special Events at the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in Soho and throughout NYC. 100% of profits go directly to the mission of Housing Works, Inc.
To learn more about The Works Catering and its mission, please visit www.theworkscatering.com.