The Bay Ridge Manor took a good look at itself — and decided to throw out its mirrors!
Owner Patrick Golden — brother of state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge) — said he decided to get rid of the famed reflectors as part of an interior update of the 75-year-old catering hall on 76th Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues, which got its last major renovation more than two decades ago.
“Mirrors, to me, are a thing of the 80s,” Golden said. “It was just something that needed to be done. We needed to spruce it up and give a new look to it.”
Besides kicking the once-ubiquitous looking glasses to the curb, Golden has swapped the Manor’s carpeting for a limestone tile designed to look like wood, installed new chandeliers, and added some gray hues to the hall’s creamy color scheme. Golden said that the idea was to give it the appearance of a carriage house.
“It’s a more modern look,” said Manor’s lord said.
The venue’s first event since the refurbishment will be the Bay Ridge Federal Credit Union’s annual cocktail party on April 3 — but Golden said he has given a few fans a sneak preview of the interior, and gotten rave reviews.
“We’re getting a lot of nice feedback on it,” Golden said.
And the walls aren’t the only things changing: there are also plans to add a few new items to the Manor menu, though nothing is official yet.
But don’t worry, mirror-lovers — you can still catch a glimpse of yourself on a few choice surfaces of the lobby and the downstairs room.Reach reporter Will Bredderman at wbredderma