It’s all supply and demand (in NYC, at least)

As you probably know, the commercial real estate market in NYC is hot (and it’s really not great for tenants.) Demand is skyrocketing due to the burst of new businesses on the scene. The problem with this demand in NYC is that there’s no way for building owners to accommodate with supply. In most cities when demand is great, there’s room to build out and expand the city limits (i.e. urban sprawl.) Companies can move farther away from the city center for cheaper rent, which also drives prices down in the city because demand goes down. Makes sense. In NYC, the main problem is there’s no room to build out, and what space does exist is being quickly absorbed by new companies. For example, Chelsea only has 20 million square feet, with only 4.2% currently vacant (this was 6.6% last year, but 2.4% was already leased). In addition, only 168,000 square feet is scheduled to be added this year. The combination of low inventory being taken quickly, with no new space coming on the market means options are lacking and pricing is going to keep going up.

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NYC buildings in Hollywood

Hollywood might be in LA, but some of the most famous and unforgettable film and TV scenes have been shot in our favorite city. From Holly Golightly's entrance in Breakfast at Tiffany's to the opening scene of Manhattan that makes us fall in love with NYC all over again, we could go on and on about our favorite NYC based movies. Here are 8 great buildings and offices made famous by NYC movie and TV scenes.

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Where to get your coffee fix: Flatiron/Chelsea

If you're like us, most mornings you need coffee, and you need it now. While there are hundreds of places surrounding your NYC office to get a coffee fix, it can be difficult to navigate the sea of cafes that will get your almond milk latte exactly right. From quick on the go cups to cafes perfect for hosting afternoon meetings, here's 8 coffee spots to try if your office is in Chelsea or Flatiron.

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Cool co-working spaces: NYC

One of the most FAQ we receive is "When is it time to search for our own office space as a company?" We recommend to companies that if if their team has under 5 people (and they aren't planning on rapidly growing in the next 6-9 months) and aren't ready for the 3 year minimum lease that landlords require, to consider a co-working space. Co-working spaces are the perfect option for when you're not quite in need of your own office, but are over working at home in your pajamas.

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Guest Post: Using videos for your business

This is a guest post by Shakr. Shakr makes drag-and-drop simple for small businesses and individuals to create professional-quality videos using photos and video clips. Go create your first amazing video at Shakr. It’s free to make and share and you only pay for upgrades if you want.

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How to work in an open office

We've discussed the pros and cons of an open office , but many times team members don't have a choice in what type of office in which their company operates. Although open offices have been known to make employees feel like they are part of a more laid-back environment and are definitely trendy in tech startups, they can sometimes be damaging to productivity, especially if you're introverted and need privacy.

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Ready For The Next Chapter

This week, we officially announced that we’ve raised $2 million in a seed round of financing led by Primary Ventures, with participation from RRE Ventures, Triangle Peak Partners and a roster of strategic angel investors. Sounds fancy, we know.

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Does listening to music impact your productivity?

It's become common practice to plug in headphones and listen to music throughout the work day, especially if you're at a desk job working on a computer (and coincidentally, 7 out of 9 members of TheSquareFoot team are plugged in right now.) But, does music have any impact on your productivity positively or negatively? We searched around and the answer is...sort of. Here are the pros and cons of listening to music during your work day.

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10 things you need for your desk (that you might not have thought of)

We already know that your work space can greatly affect your mood, help you concentrate at work , and generally make or break your entire work day. If you're like most people, you have the essentials on your desk: computer, notepad, empty(ish) coffee cup... and that's about it. Here are 10 desk items you might not have thought of that will make your work day just a little bit better.

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