Montauk Club: Dream weddings smothered
Rachel McLennan envisioned herself in a flowing white gown, posed on the
steps of Park Slope’s historic Montauk Club on her wedding day.
But after signing a contract with the club last year, she found out in
May that Brooklyn’s 122-year-old architectural gem would be covered by
dark scaffolding on her big day. Not to mention the port-o-john parked
in the yard.
“Of course that’s exactly what you want to get married in,” said a
sarcastic McLennan, who is planning an October ceremony. “I cried
hysterically in front of the club when I saw it. I was devastated.”
McLennan is one of six brides who say they were misled by the Montauk
Club: Each woman paid an $1,800 deposit before being told — in one case,
10 days before her wedding — that the facade of the building would be
draped in scaffolding.
Greenpoint resident Jeniza Ketay’s husband spotted the scaffolding 10
days before their May 21 nuptials. Racing to find a last-minute venue
was nothing short of “traumatic,” she said.
“I was in shock,” said Katie Dixon, 29, a bride who hoped to use the club as a backdrop in photos.
“We just have to move forward because we don’t want there to be a shadow over the wedding.”
No refund, but a deal on food?
The $1,800 to $2,500 deposit to reserve the site is nonrefundable, said Joseph Callahan, a lawyer for the Montauk Club.
According to Callahan the club still offers a pristine interior; he says
two brides signed up just last month to have their weddings there,
despite the scaffolding. And besides, he says, the netting would only
distract for “a minute and a half walking up the steps.”
The club also offered disgruntled brides a 15 percent discount on catering.
All six disgruntled brides have acquired attorney David Schwarz to fight
for refunds. He said he is trying to get their money back and if not,
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