New York Tent meets the challenges of a demanding city with style and attention to detail.
Providing tent and event services in a city where traffic is always an issue, trucking restrictions reign and residents are increasingly demanding is a New York City kind of challenge. For some people, conditions like that might make them feel like they’re a small cog trapped in a big and impersonal machine. Not so for David Tannenbaum, CEO of New York Tent in Bohemia, N.Y., which is located along the south shore of Long Island. “We pride ourselves on the sense of family we create as a part of our corporate culture,” he says.
New York Tent primarily serves the Tristate area, including several wealthy localities. From high-end social events to weddings and festivals, sporting events that include the New York City Marathon, and seasonal installations, the staff meets the challenges of a demanding clientele with a mission of flawless executions and installations. “Our clients appreciate this about us and adore our attention to detail,” Tannenbaum says.
The company was founded by Steve Trebing out of the back of a flower shop in 1994, and has since expanded beyond his wildest dreams. (New York Tent was acquired by Kuzari Group LLC in 2013, and Trebing remains an interest holder in the company.) Currently, it serves clients out of a new 60,000-square-foot facility that includes a state-of-the-art wash facility, water softening system, custom light table and RF welder. The facility allows the staff to inspect, repair, wash and dry more than 24,000 square feet of material each day.
To christen the new facility and spread the word, New York Tent hosted a marketing event on-site in April 2015, dubbed “Concert and Cocktails.” The event featured the musical stylings of The Movin’ Out Band and Blues Traveler. “We installed a new Arcum structure and used the event to showcase our capabilities,” Tannenbaum says.
Keeping clients coming back and satisfied requires Tannenbaum and his team to stay current on the latest trends. “Our clients are always looking for something new, fresh and different,” Tannenbaum says. “We really try to embrace new trends and implement them in an easy, functional and cost-effective way.”
To that end, this year the company invested heavily in various products, including Arcum structures in various sizes, glass walls for tents that normally cannot accept glass, new lighting fixtures such as LED Org Spheres, economical wood floor coverings manufactured in-house and dance flooring in new, fresh colors.
New York Tent shows its support for the city it’s named after when the need arises, such as supporting the 2012 Hurricane Sandy relief efforts by providing tents in a variety of applications.
“Our assembly teams responded to the immediate need, creating communities of temporary shelters and operations offices for disaster relief professionals and technicians who worked around the clock in support of New York’s relief efforts,” Tannenbaum says.
As New York Tent enjoys extraordinary growth, Tannenbaum is also optimistic about the tent and event market as a whole. “All indications in our market are that clients in the rebounding economy are planning more special events than in the past few years,” he says. “They still aren’t spending money freely, but seem to be investing to create truly special, one-of-a-kind event spaces.”
New York Tent
Year founded: 1994
Employs: 150 peak, 40 off-peak
Primary business: Special events