One of the most palatial and stunning venues available in New York is easily Leonard's Palazzo of University Gardens. Its white monolithic exterior betrays very little about the grandeur held within, only hinted at by glimpses of huge circular marble staircases circling upwards seen through the massive front windows.
The three tiered fountain that stands in front of the building is inscribed with the words "La Dolce Vita" in reference to the Fellini movie of the same name which explored the eye popping lifestyles of the rich and famous, and Leonard's Palazzo definitely earns the right to reference this. The phrase "la dolce vita" literally means "the sweet life" and when one walks through the front doors of Leonard's Palazzo they are undeniably transported from University Gardens to some sort of parallel Disney fantasy world.
Known for hosting some of the most unforgettable weddings and talked about bar mitzvahs and sweet sixteens, the staff at Leonard's Palazzo go above and beyond to blow the minds of those in attendance by making sure the service ambiance and food all match the dazzling quality of the building's eighteenth century palatial architecture. Everything down to the furniture seems to have been transported through time from the palace of Louie the fourteenth. People rave about their sweet sixteens and their anniversary dinners and such, but what it seems most effective for is fund raising. People such as Bill Clinton have been known to host events here with large amounts of success.
There is a variety of annual events that take place here as well including the upcoming NYPD DESI Society Annual Dinner and Awards night which takes place Friday April 1st. The NYPD DESI society is a non profit official fraternal organization that represents South Asian American officers in the New York City Police Department. This group has become more active in recent years to fight anti-Muslim sentiment that has become rather pervasive in recent times.
The following week Leonard's Palazzo will be filled with realtors and real estate brokers for the LEAN Forward NY Regional Conference, with a list of speakers populated by top brokers and authors all intent to help reinforce this years theme which is "Be your own storymaker."
With a venue such as Leonard's Palazzo, its easy to see why the crowds come swarming to University Gardens to help fund support and be part of these and similar events.