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  • Inside Brooklyn's Sprawling New Tech Hub

    Inside Brooklyn's Sprawling New Tech Hub

    Don't call it co-working. That's the advice New Lab's Communications Director Molly Erman gives to anyone visiting Brooklyn's new anchor in the so-called Tech Triangle. Since opening in June 2016, New Lab could be mistaken for co-working space, albeit on a grand scale. It offers desks and shared space to young companies and small operators. It offers community the way your standard WeWork might. But the crux of New Lab's place in the tech vanguard is the rash of growth-stage companies working in the applied sciences that have taken up residence. Companies with names like 10xBeta, Nanotronics (on whose board Peter Thiel sits), Honeybee Robotics, Graph Commons and Light.  Personalizing your morning smoothie, these companies are not. Their work is in AI and bioengineering and 3D printing. They pursue complex global challenges like worker safety and smart cities. They share in common outsized ambitions and the need for workspace that enables design, engineering, construction, agriculture and lab work. You know, the typical startup demands. This is where they call home for the time being.

  • Would You Work Less for Less?

    Would You Work Less for Less?

    It's the ultimate question in today's workplace zeitgeist: What are you willing to give up for more time off? Amazon is eager to find out, with a pilot flex program offering employees 30-hour workweeks at 75% of normal salary (but all their full-time benefits). It's debatable how progressive Amazon's new program really is. After all, this is a company that has struggled with perception of its workplace culture in the recent past. And as Crowded.com's cofounder Joe Rubin points out, Amazon is merely offering people less pay for less work. Is that really so revolutionary? In today's workplace climate, where people feel stretched beyond their capacity, yes. Right alongside minimal wage growth, excessive work hours and an inflexible work schedule are among the top five reasons people quit their jobs, according to a recent Ernst and Young study.  That same study found that among managers, a workweek in excess of 40 hours was the norm. Would you be willing to give up a little pay for a more flexible work schedule?

  • Open Office Hacks: Partitions

    Open Office Hacks: Partitions

    Like it or not, open offices are here to stay. Too much effiency and a lack of better alternatives have made it so. But that doesn't mean your team is stuck in a nosiy pool of borderless, unproductive space. In this post, we'll focusing on how to use partitions to alleviate some of the well-known problems with open office environments.

  • Imagined Cities: The Nighttime Magic of Nancy Liang

    Imagined Cities: The Nighttime Magic of Nancy Liang

    Welcome to Nancy Liang's dreamworld. The Syndey-based illustrator is coming off recent acclaim for her work on an interactive story about an 83 year-old Hiroshima survivor called Junko's Story.  With her Old Spaces project, Liang has rendered a fictional world capturing the nightime magic of cities that never sleep - even as their residents do. Her animated illustrations include Atlantic City-like boardwalks, quiet suburbs and even remote parts in subtle, animated illustrations. Naturally, we were drawn to the more urban handiwork. Liang's work isn't pure ficiton, though. She uses old landmarks and references to inform her illustrations, like old neon Coca-Cola signs in King's Cross from the 1960s.  “The scenes I depict are a collection of forgotten tales from urban landscapes and suburbia. I like to draw out the whimsy and unthought narratives in these spaces that are otherwise considered as the mundane everyday,” she tells It's Nice That.

  • Why Company Gardens are Primed for a Comeback

    Why Company Gardens are Primed for a Comeback

      "Get some plants!" is becoming a common cry for office culture warriors seeking ways to spruce up the workplace, and for data-backed reasons. The presence of plants has long been linked to a reduction in stress, noise and air toxins in the workplace. Doesn't hurt that they're aesthetically pleasing either. One has to wonder, though, how much tangible difference a few plants in the windows makes to an employee's day. Whether a stressful work environment or a tediously mundane one, furniture is furniture, and as they stand in most offices, plants are definitely furniture. Except you can't sit on them. Which is to say maximizing the holistic qualities plants offer probably requires more active participation. Enter garden clubs.   Company Garden Clubs While residential garden clubs may be on the rise, they certainly don't spring overnight.  In New York housing communities, for example, they usually require some support from a non-profit like GrowNYC and plenty of cooperation from development partners. You can imagine, then, the difficulty in running a garden club out of a commercial space.    ⊥ Read: New York Buildings with Community Gardens   And yet, the company garden isn't exactly a new idea. A few years ago, they, too, were reportedly on the rise.  At the time, providing a corporte garden seemed like a concession driven largely by the recession, a perk intended as a balm for pay grade freezes and slowing business. They were also almost entirely exclusive to big companies with compounds and campuses. PepsiCo in Purchase, NY. Google and Yahoo in Silicon Alley. Kohl's headquarters in Milwaukee. You certainly weren't hearing about them in crammed urban centers with dense populations like New York City. Now it's 2016. Companies aren't just interested in offering perks for the sake of offsetting lower salaries. They're offering great perks because they know they help lure—and retain—talent. They're offering them because happiness is lucrative. And gardening brings happiness to a staggering number of people in the US. By last count, nearly 1 in 3 homes is growing some kind of food in the US, and the presence of community gardens has grown by at least 200 percent. ⊥ Read: The Rise of Company Gardens  

  • The Best of the Flatiron District

    The Best of the Flatiron District

    The Flatiron Dirstrict, which some have been known to call Silicon Alley, has become a hub for tech startups in Manhattan. The increase in companies choosing to call the area home means that more employees are looking to take advantage of everything the Flatiron district has to offer. If that sounds like you, we've done the research already and have created a list of our Flatiron favorites for you to check out! 

  • Is Trendy Office Space Really Functional?

    Is Trendy Office Space Really Functional?

    Fair question: is the trend in hip office space design driven by any hard data? Actual awarenenss of changing work habits and preferences? Or something as insidious as FOMO? This and more below.  

  • Best in NYC Lunch: Chelsea

    Best in NYC Lunch: Chelsea

    When 12 o'clock rolls around and you feel your stomach starting to growl, you know what it means. It's time for you to ditch your desk and escape your office to take on lunch-hour, but New York City can be dizzyingly full of options. That's why, from hidden gems to the most popular NYC eats, we're breaking down the best places for you to grab lunch neighborhood by neighborhood.  

  • A Quick Start Guide to Finding Office Space

    A Quick Start Guide to Finding Office Space

    If you thought finding an apartment in New York was hard... Whether you're actively on the office space market or you're eager to get a head-start on your commercial leasing education, you may have noticed something: Convenient, digestable information on the basics of office leasing can be hard to come by. Sure, you can come across the odd blog post or two. But to complete a basic picture of what it takes to find and rent an office, you have to do a lot of Googling and a lot of reading. And even then it's not always immediately clear - Where to start looking for available space Who to contact in the event you find a great space What you'll really pay when renting an office Why pictures of commercial space can be so hard to come by. Among a host of other considerations. Not to worry. We've set out to clarify and simplify the office leasing process with what we're calling a Quick Start Guide to Finding Office Space.   Download It Now   Here's a preview of what you'll find in the guide.

  • Wondering How Big Your Next Office Should Be? Use Our New Space Calculator to Find Out

    Wondering How Big Your Next Office Should Be? Use Our New Space Calculator to Find Out

    It's one of the earliest questions you need to answer in your search for office space: How big does my office need to be? It can be a tricky question with multiple layers. There's the number of current employees at your company, the number you expect to add in the future, conference rooms to consider, utility rooms to store equipment, a reception desk for admitting visitors, industry standards you could use to try and guestimate all of the above... Or. You could just use our new space calculator and arrive at an answer quickly and accurately. We've rolled out a simpler, more visual interface to help you spec out the office that meets your needs - both now and in the future. Go on, give it a try.

  • The Best of the Financial District

    The Best of the Financial District

    At the southernmost tip of Manhattan is the Financial District. Due, in no small part, to Wall Street and the large number of prominent financial institutions headquartered in the Financial District, New York City has made a name for itself as the most economically powerful city in the world. Despite the finance-forward thinking of the district, FiDi also offers hidden gems that employees in the area should definitely take advantage of! Luckily for you, we've made finding those gems a bit easier and have rounded up the best of the best for you to check out! 

  • How Do People Actually Find Office Space for Rent?

    How Do People Actually Find Office Space for Rent?

    Published July 27, 2016 In residential real estate, a number of sites like Zillow, Trulia and Street Easy have gained traction as the go-to places for people to rent, buy and sell properties. Finding office space has been a little less straightforward. It's not always clear where to find the most relevant listings online, how to get in touch with the right person who can supply information and tour the space with you, and how to make an offer. If you're in the market for office space, here are a few places you might have considered looking. Some come more recommended than others.

  • Office Space of the Week: How to Solve the Wall Art Problem for the Office

    Office Space of the Week: How to Solve the Wall Art Problem for the Office

    Here's something that's easy to take for granted in office space: The art on the walls. How on earth do people choose the artwork for their office? While even a limited selection of art is certainly preferable to bare white walls, is it worth the expense to opt for quality? Will anyone really even notice?

  • Building Classifications: How to Know Your A's from Your C's in Commercial Real Estate

    Building Classifications: How to Know Your A's from Your C's in Commercial Real Estate

    Building classifications in most markets offer a way to tell what kind of condition commercial property is in. Conventionally, the better the "grade" or classification, the more desirable the property, but as we'll see, desirability is largely defined by your own business's needs. Let's review the basics.

  • The Best of the East Village

    The Best of the East Village

    For companies who call the East Village home, or those that soon will, we've picked out the best-of-the-best establishments in the area to help you ensure that you're making the most of your neighborhood. We've covered everything from coffee shops to workouts, so be sure to keep reading if the East Village is where you dwell. 

  • How to Keep Work Interesting for Your Employees During the Dog Days of Summer [Infographic]

    How to Keep Work Interesting for Your Employees During the Dog Days of Summer [Infographic]

    We are in the middle of the Dog Days of Summer, which I just learned A.) has astronomical origins as an idiom and B.) corresponds to actual dates on the calendar. Who knew?

  • How to Pick the Right Location for Your New Office

    How to Pick the Right Location for Your New Office

    Something you read about with more fequency now is companies (especially in tech) choosing to make a statement with the location of their new office. Not the office space itself. The location. The building or neighborhood your office is in can convey a powerful message about the status of your company. You may not even be looking to make a "statement" with your new location, but on some level, every business makes a symbolic calculation in the process of finding new office space. Thoughts like, "Will a cool new SoHo locale boost my brand?" or "Will being the only company in my industry to move into the Empire State Building cement our leadership position?" start entering the consciousness...  

  • By Design: How to Introduce More Joy to the Office [Infographic]

    By Design: How to Introduce More Joy to the Office [Infographic]

    Recently we discussed a few ways to make the office more like home. While we haven't encountered much resistance to that idea yet, we're not above admitting that it could be picked apart little. For many, home simply isn't condusive to productivity. Even if their jobs allowed them to work from home, many wouldn't - they'd have to find someplace else, like a cafe, to get on a roll.  That's what makes home "home" - it offer comforts away from the steady pulse of the work day. That being said, at a glance, office space commonly veers too far in the other direction - the direction of discomfort and anxiety. Even the most stylish offices that are all but de rigueur for the tech and creative industries still haven't quite figured out how to make employees comfortable. At least not when it comes to the part of the floor where they actually spend most of their time: their desks. Why does that matter? The evidence that employee happiness yields better results for the entire company is starting to mount. Naturally, much of that discussion orbits territory like management styles and more thoughtful benefits. But the physical spaces employees inhabit throughout the week are big pieces of the happiness puzzle, too. If you're looking for more ideas on how to bring a little more joy to your space, the team over at Justworks has you covered. Check out their infographic below.

  • Deciding on a new office? Try putting it to a vote

    Deciding on a new office? Try putting it to a vote

    Mediamath, the ad tech company headed by CEO Joe Zawadzki, recently relocated to 4 World Trade Center in New York's Financial District, and it's both the first privately held company and the first tech company to do so. Impressive stuff, to be sure. But even more impressive is the way they ultimately chose their new downtown digs. They put it to a vote. Previously located in Midtown, where much of their media partners and advertising counterparts work, the choice boiled down to another Midtown locale and 4 World Trade Center.  

  • Office Space of the Week: How to Design a Startup Studio

    Office Space of the Week: How to Design a Startup Studio

    There are offices, with standard arrays of open space, desks and meeting rooms, and then there are "startup studios." The offices of Betaworks falls into the latter camp.

  • Best in NYC Lunch: Flatiron District

    Best in NYC Lunch: Flatiron District

    When 12 o'clock rolls around and you feel your stomach starting to growl, you know what it means. It's time for you to ditch your desk and escape your office to take on lunch-hour, but New York City can be dizzyingly full of options. That's why, from hidden gems to the most popular NYC eats, we're breaking down the best places for you to grab lunch neighborhood by neighborhood.  

  • Best in NYC Lunch: SoHo

    Best in NYC Lunch: SoHo

    With a dizzying number of options for lunch in New York City, it's easy to become overwhelmed. If you have an office in SoHo and don't have time to pour over Yelp reviews looking for the perfect lunch-hour escape, this is the perfect post for you! From hidden gems to the most popular eats, we're breaking down the best places for you to grab lunch in your neighborhood. 

  • The Best of Chinatown

    The Best of Chinatown

    From where to eat, to how to unwind, New York City is full of options and it can be hard to narrow down your choices. If you have an office space in Chinatown, we've done the hard work for you. Take a look at this list to make sure that you're in the know about all of the best things your area has to offer! 

  • A Guy is Going Around Rendering New York's Windows as Illustrations, and It's Pretty Awesome

    A Guy is Going Around Rendering New York's Windows as Illustrations, and It's Pretty Awesome

    For a city as architecturally rich as Manhattan, it's easy to take its dizzying array of styles for granted. When most of us aren't glued to our phones or spacing out to music, we're certainly not following one of New York's oldest addages when it comes to appreciating the city: Look Up. Well, that's just what graphic designer Jose Guizar is doing with his Windows of New York project.  

  • People are Working From Home More Often. Is That a Good Thing?

    People are Working From Home More Often. Is That a Good Thing?

    According to a recent study, people are logging more hours on the job than ever before. And quite often they're doing it from home. A new Bureau of Labor Statistics report found that on average 38 percent of business, finance and management professionals complete some or all of their work remotely. That's a far cry from just a few years ago when, in 2010, just 2 percent of employees did their work remotely. What's responsible for the change? It's no secret people appreciate more flexibility when it comes to their hours, but employers are actually starting to comply. Nearly 7 in 10 hiring managers use workplace flexibility programs to recruit and retain talent, while nearly a third of companies invested in expanding or introducing such flex programs last year. But more flexibility can be a double-edged sword for employees.  A recent Ernst & Young study found that the majority of people are extended beyond the traditional 40 hour work week. 67 percent are logging anywhere from 2 - 5 hours more per week, as work and home life converges.  

  • Ominous Sign? Why Commercial Banks Are Downsizing

    Ominous Sign? Why Commercial Banks Are Downsizing

    Commercial banks are shrinking - at least in terms of real estate space. Bank of America now has 23% fewer branches in the United States as compared to 2009. Many commercial banks within Manhattan are choosing to shed branches or downsize. Wells Fargo, for example, downsized by splitting its 4000 square-foot space with HSBC. This trend does not indicate tough times for the banks, but rather, reflects a fundamental change in consumer behavior. Online banking, mobile applications, ATMs, electronic checking, and the increasing prevalence of e-commerce are lessening the need for consumers to rely on brick-and-mortar bank branches. This change in behavior represents a win-win for both consumers and the banks. Consumers willingly choose to rely on brick-and-mortar alternatives due to the added convenience. The banks themselves save money through lower rent expense, and fewer salaries payable to tellers. At the same time, consumers’ comfort level with certain aspects of online banking has not yet caught up to the available technology. Though nearly every bank offers the ability to open an account online, 81% of Americans still prefer to open an account at a brick-and-mortar location. When applying for a loan, 83% prefer going to a brick-and-mortar location, while only 9% prefer using the internet. Still, foot traffic to banks has been considerably reduced. A select few activities are disproportionately accounting for this shift. For example, 64% of Americans feel comfortable using digital channels to pay bills, and 54% for transferring funds. My personal hunch? Activities typically viewed as causal are being performed online, while transactions with greater stakes (taking out a loan, opening an account) are being performed in person. Society therefore implicitly places more trust on in-person interactions than those that take place online. Based on this line of reasoning, I expect retail banks to continue downsizing real estate space as internet-savvy generations age and our society becomes increasingly trusting of technology.

  • The Best of Chelsea

    The Best of Chelsea

    Is your company located in Manhattan's Chelsea district? Are you thinking about relocating your office to Chelsea? If you answered 'yes' to either of those questions, you should read on. We've rounded up some of the best things the area has to offer, and we know you're going to want to check them out! 

  • Best in NYC Lunch: Tribeca

    Best in NYC Lunch: Tribeca

    Lunch in New York City can be overhelming. There are so many options to choose from, and sometimes it's hard to resist just going to the bodega on the corner for another sandwich. But we know you can do better than that! From hidden gems to the most popular NYC eats, we're breaking down the best places for you to grab lunch neighborhood by neighborhood.  

  • Sunset Park: Brooklyn's Next Business Mecca?

    Sunset Park: Brooklyn's Next Business Mecca?

    June 30, 2016 With each passing year, Brooklyn sprouts a new "it" neighborhood. It seems like ages ago when it was Williamsburg. Then it was Fort Greene. Prospect Heights. Bushwick. The list goes on. For the business community, DUMBO, Downtown Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Navy Yard (aka the Brooklyn Tech Triangle) have recently attracted intense interest, thanks to numerous redevelopment efforts and a high-volume of both incubators and startups. According to a new Cushman & Wakefield report, you can add Sunset Park to your list of neighborhoods to watch, naming it one of the 100 Coolest Neighborhoods. What sets Sunset Park apart? The report cites the opening of Bush Terminal Park and the resurgence of Industry City as major factors. It also notes that millennials make up about 27 percent of the neighborhood, with a mean household income just north of $81,000. A boom in commercial real estate appears to be underway, with both the Brooklyn Nets and Time, Inc., nestled in the aformentioned Industry City, moving operations to the neighborhood. For more, check out the full report.

  • What Do Employees Look for in a Startup? Tell Us What You Think

    What Do Employees Look for in a Startup? Tell Us What You Think

    As attitudes shift about work habits and conditions, the idea of "startup work culture" has grown in appeal. The overriding perception is that startups approach work environments differently than more established companies, and that this difference is one of their biggest selling points in competing with said companies for top talent. That's where you come in. We need your help in getting to the bottom of startups' appeal and what employees really want when it comes to workplace culture, perks, and office space.

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