Yes. This is me. I went to check out our newest businesses Om Factory and ended upside down (check out all the blood rushed to my face). I met up with Om Factory instructor Kate (see hanging below) who took me around the new facility. I was surprised to learn just how affordable the classes are! It also is very cool to be swinging around suspended in the air. Om Factory opened just last weekend at they 18th and Broadway, just north of the park. Check them out!
Today Union Square Partnership Executive Director Jennifer Falk joined Mayor Bloomberg to announce and welcome the new Academy for Software Engineering to the neighborhood. The new school will make its home in the Washington Irving Educational Campus on Irving Place, just one block from Union Square Park. Fred Wilson, from the venture capitalist firm Union Square Ventures, is bringing his expertise and connections to the new institution, serving as chairman of the school’s advisory committee (and guest speaker at our annual meeting!). The school received approximately 800 applications for just 103 spots! We also learned from Mr.Wilson that 50% of software engineering positions in the United States remain unfilled today. As the hub of NYC’s tech sector, we’re lucky to have the first high school with a software engineering focus. This new school is an important step to help the city fill the growing demand for software engineers in the district.
If you are looking for an upscale, modern and impeccably designed space to host your next meeting, Vic & Anthony’s is just the right venue. Whether lunch or dinner, you can now impress your clients at the Vegas-inspired chop-house, Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse, located at 233 Park Avenue South.
The Union Square Partnership had an opportunity to speak with Marketing Director, Eric Ostrow, about their newest addition in Union Square. “We believe our restaurant suits this location, particularly on Park Avenue South. There are a lot of exciting things happening around the Union Square area, and we’re glad to be a part of it.”
Featured this week in USP’s Biz & Broker Quarterly, a look at the top ten lease transactions for the Union Square neighborhood. Starting off the year, Tory Burch, a luxury, lifestyle fashion brand , extended its lease and doubled its space, making this designer the largest lease transaction for 2011.
This morning, AM New York took a look at MTA data which shows that subway ridership is at its highest levels since 1950. On weekdays, Union Square is ranked the fourth busiest subway destination (ahead of Penn Station!) with 64,927,178 riders in 2011. On the weekends, the neighborhood skyrockets to the #2 position, beating Grand Central Terminal. A member of the MTA’s permanent Citizens Advisory Committee tells AM New York, “Union Square is a happening place – there’s shopping, and if it’s a nice day, you’re walking around the neighborhood.” Seems like captain obvious is following our blog! ;-)
Last week, Technorati reported on the booming New York tech scene. In recent years, New York City has attracted hundreds of new tech companies as the city continues to transform its economy to one not just focused on finance, but also on the booming technology and information industries. In fact, The Real Deal reported that information and media sectors took over the financial sector in New York City for the first time, accounting for 27.8 percent of office leasing compared to 26.3 percent in the financial sector. Much of this growth has been centered in Union Square – a neighborhood that has seen the lion’s share of new tech firms migrating to the neighborhood. Just in the last few months, the venture capital firm FirstMark Capital decided to move to the neighborhood following companies like Yelp, Jibe, Apple iAd, Net-A-Porter, Mr.Youth, and GroupMe. In 2011, nearly a dozen technology firms have made Union Square their home, leasing in aggregate over 135,000 square feet of office space.
Well aren’t we just looking swanky at the new W New York – Union Square. The hotel just went under an extensive renovation and guests who check in to the historic building on Park Avenue South are in for quite a treat. The new headboards are custom designed to replicate a map of the Union Square neighborhood. Looks like we know where we’ll be booking our next room!