Unless you’re a remote worker or you’ve decided to stay home “sick” today, we all have to get our half-asleep, don’t-talk-to-me-until-cup-of-coffee #2, bodies to work somehow. Do you take the subway and then walk? Or is your normal routine to take the morning commuter train and then bike to your New York office? Regardless, a commute is part of every employee’s day, so let’s take a look at the pros and cons for each form of transportation available in NYC:
Given that we help people find office space, it’s only natural that I often think about my favorite offices in New York. My brain tends to go on tangents pretty frequently, so sometimes I begin to think about my favorite fictional office space as well. I was struggling with deciding which one was my favorite until this past weekend, when I watched the 1999 version of The Thomas Crown Affair for the one hundredth time. As Thomas Crown (Pierce Brosnan) struts through the building he owns right before he sells a company for “13 million more than anyone else was asking,” we see the entrance to ‘Crown Acquisitions’. The movie was filmed in New York and they filmed this scene at the former Bank of New York Mellon building on 32 Old Slip - on the east corner of Front Street in Manhattan's Financial District.
This week’s New York Office Space of the Week is ZocDoc! Growing quickly, ZocDoc is changing how users interact with the healthcare industry by allowing patients to research doctors and dentists, book healthcare visits, and check-in for appointments – all on Zocdoc’s seamless online platform. Even as the company has rapidly expanded, ZocDoc has stayed in its original Soho HQ, located at 568 Broadway alongside other flourishing companies like FourSquare and Thrillist.
Every office has the basics... like WiFi, a printer, computers… the list is endless (especially if you’re at a super awesome startup and tech gadgets and toys are your favorite things to nerd-out over). But, that being said, innovation moves quickly. There’s a constantly evolving and growing list of cool technology out there that is essential for the office. Well, at least we think so! Check out some of our picks:
This week we are featuring Ripple Labs as our Office Space of the Week (#OSOTW)! Ripple is an innovator in the financial services industry, and has developed a system called the Ripple protocol, making monetary transactions as simple as pie! They enable businesses of any size to easily build payment solutions and accelerate the movement of money (of any currency) anywhere in the world. Their work is to evolve the financial industry, making payment systems open, secure, and innovative. Their offices needed to be as creative as the team working there, so they looked to Homepolish designer Leah Ring for inspiration in transforming the space. Their sleek and simple offices are at 118 2nd St. in San Francisco’s SoMa District.
This week we are featuring Collab Creators as our Office Space of the Week! Out on the West Coast, Collab Creators is a full service digital studio - they partner with the most up-and-coming and viral Vine and Youtube talent to ensure that these artists are reaching their full potential. Collab helps these rising stars manage the business side of their work by leveraging social media to build their brands and put out some awesome content. As an upbeat, young company, Collab had to make sure that their office space had the same vibes, so they teamed up with Homepolish and designer Kristen Montero to get the job done! Located in Downtown Los Angeles, Collab’s office is a 3,000 square foot space that incorporates both fun and professionalism.
A couple days ago, we at TheSquareFoot attended Fashion 2.0: The 6th Annual Startup Showcase, an event that exhibited entrepreneurship talent involving the fashion and tech communities. Startups that participated and demoed their products included Kwoller, OnItsOwn, Entrupy, Showroom Manager, and Body Labs. Additionally, the event featured a panel of experts - Ellie Wheeler from Greycroft Partners, Micah Rosenbloom from Founder Collective, and Molly Mulshine from BetaBeat & New York Observer. Check out these up-and-coming startups prepared to revolutionize the fashion industry:
Did you just move to a new office and don't know where to get your lunch noms on? Whether you're looking for a leafy lunch special or some serious southern eats, we've put together a wide variety of delicious dining destinations. The first of many to come, here are several of our favorite spots in Flatiron / Gramercy.
This week we are featuring Sailthru as our chosen NYC Office Space of the Week. A rapidly growing startup that has offices in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and London, Sailthru provides companies with the ability to tailor personalized emails to best match their clients. As this week's New York Office Space of the Week #OSOTW, Sailthru's NYC offices are located at 160 Varick St., in the Hudson Square.
This week we are featuring Barkbox as our New York Office Space of the Week. Barkbox is perfect for the dog enthusiast that we all know and love, delivering an entire box of assorted and new doggy toys and treats once a month to subscribers and their furry friends. Barkbox’s open loft space is cool and collaborative, sleek, unique, and of course it is people AND pet friendly! The space started out as a blank canvas, and was transformed by the creative minds of the Barkbox team along with Homepolish designer (and dog lover) Casey DeBois. As this week’s
NYC has a famous skyline of impressive buildings. Here are the 6 tallest structures in New York City, boasting over 1,000 feet tall!
We recently attended the NYC TechBreakfast, where some awesome up-and-coming companies breaking into the New York tech space demo-ed their products. The panelists at the event included Authentik Time, LaundryPuppy, SkillBridge, TELLLER, and Jetco Research. Aside from hearing from these entrepreneurs, this TechBreakfast was unique in that there was an additional “Ask a VC” section after the presentations. It was unique and insightful to hear questions from the entrepreneurial audience answered by the other side - so we would also like to say thank you to the representatives from Basset Investment Group, Red Sea Ventures, ffVC, High Peaks Venture Partners, and Brand Foundry Ventures for all the knowledge!
Going green isn't just a personal commitment to the environment - companies can also do it on a large, corporate level. Here are some companies doing big things (literally, we're talking about HUGE eco-friendly office designs) for the go-green movement, in innovative and unique ways.
Working from home can be a great choice (see you later, commute!) but it can also be filled with distractions and work/life imbalances. As your business grows, you might decide it’s time to rent out a separate office space for your business. When you do, you’ll want to know the tax implications of this decision. Thankfully, taking tax deductions for a business rent expense is fairly straightforward. Read on for a look at the difference between expensing a home office, versus a separate office space.
This week we are featuring General Assembly for our New York Office Space of the Week. GA is an extremely innovative, enthusiastic team that is revolutionizing the education industry - and they have an office to match! I’ve been lucky enough to wander around both of GA’s open spaces - they have the perfect layouts for classes and events, and for this week’s New York Office Space of the Week #OSOTW! Their two spaces are located just around the corner from one another, at 10 East 21st St. and 902 Broadway, both in the Flatiron District.
Snacks are a seriously essential part of the workday… but are you torturing your office mates so you can get your noms on? No one needs a hangry coworker, but make sure you’re not being a discourteous diner either! Here are 11 of the worst snacks to bring to the office:
The NYTimes published an article this Tuesday from Rebekah Campbell titled, “Why I Ditched My Co-Working Space.” In her article, Rebekah touches on some of the pain points often associated with working in a shared space. These include issues like noise, not having a permanent desk or private space, and too many distractions.
Today kicks off (no pun intended) the semifinals of the world cup. From 32 teams, we are now down to the final 4. Today's match between Brazil and Germany features two of the worlds most storied soccer countries facing off in Belo Horizonte. There are lots of articles out there predicting winners based on the teams' performances in the tournament to date, the health of their respective starting lineups, and other things that they feel are pertinent. We feel there is a glaring hole in their analysis: the state of their office space leasing markets. What follows is a high level head to head comparison between the top two markets in Brazil (Rio and Sao Paolo) and Germany (Berlin and Munich)
Looking for a little midday pick-me-up? A little noontime noms before lunch? Or maybe just a yummy reason to stretch your legs and get away from your glowing computer screen? Here are some snacks we think are the best office-friendly options to satiate your grumbling gut (or ADD).
This week we are featuring Idean for our Austin Office Space of the Week #OSOTW. Idean is a global innovator for digital user experiences across all platforms, with a space as creative as their team! Their crazy cool open office is located at 713 East 6th St., in Downtown Austin.
With July 4th right around the corner, one can’t help but daydream of beaches, fireworks, and fun in the sun.
We recently attended the Start Up Demo Series featuring newer Financial Tech (dubbed FinTech) companies in New York. The event was sponsored by NY Entrepreneurs Business Network with panelists from ff Ventures, Lerer Ventures, Harmony Ventures and Klifer Capital.
Working remotely is incredible, but it has some downsides.
This week we are featuring Greatist, a team that is seriously motivating their extensive community of followers (us included!) to make healthy choices in our daily lives. As this week’s New York Office Space of the Week #OSOTW, we got a chance to tour Greatist’s cool and quirky space, located at 18 West 27th St. in the Flatiron District.
This week’s New York Office Space of the Week #OSOTW is Viyet’s beautifully designed SoHo loft. Viyet's office space is located at 584-588 Broadway and the building includes tenants such as FunnyorDie.com and Rolling Stone Magazine.
I recently attended an event unlike most tech slash networking events, fittingly titled “Wellbeing in the Workplace: Mind. Body. Environment.” As part of the small talks speaker series presented by Turnstone (@turnstone #TSsmalltalks) and sponsored by Steelcase, this event left me feeling calm, collected, and ready to take on the busy day ahead!
There are a variety of theories about office space and employee satisfaction. But what about curating your office environment to create an overall inspiring company culture, and to attract new talent? Does the presence of standing desks at your company make you a superior employer to one that utilizes the standard cubicle-ridden space?
Everyone knows New York is quickly becoming one of the best places in the world to be a tech company. We thought it would be fun to show where some of those companies have their NYC office space
More and more employers are allowing some of the the traditional office roles to become telecommuters.