BP MARKOWITZ TO OPEN HISTORIC BOROUGH HALL FOR WEDDING CEREMONIES ON FIRST TWO DAYS OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY
Judges, rabbis and ministers will be on hand to preside over ceremonies
9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
SUNDAY, JULY 24 AND MONDAY, JULY 25
BROOKLYN BOROUGH HALL
209 JORALEMON STREET
BETWEEN COURT AND ADAMS STREETS
On Sunday, July 24 and Monday, July 25, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz will open historic Borough Hall for wedding ceremonies with free champagne, sparkling water, cake and photographs to celebrate the first two days of marriage equality in New York State.
The exterior of Borough Hall has long been a popular choice for wedding photographs of couples who are married at the Municipal Building across the street. During this rare Sunday opening of the 163-year-old Greek revival Borough Hall—Brooklyn’s oldest public building—couples will be able to be officially married by a judge, rabbi or minister and enjoy the grand Rotunda, historic Courtroom and the newly renovated Community Room as a backdrop for photographs of their special day.
In order to have their ceremony performed by an officiant at Borough Hall, couples must be accepted through the citywide lottery, receive their marriage licenses from the City Clerk at the Municipal Building across the street at 210 Joralemon Street and, if having their ceremony on the same day as they receive their license, have the state-mandated 24-hour waiting period waived by a judge. All couples who meet the criteria are welcome.
Although not required, couples planning to come to Borough Hall on either Sunday the 24th or Monday the 25th can call 718-802-4042 to confirm their attendance.
For more information on marriage equality in New York City, visit www.nyc.gov or www.cityclerk.nyc.gov.