Check out the sexy new roof deck on CLAY Health Club + Spa

Yowza! CLAY Health Club + Spa just reopened their renovated rooftop in time for their 10th anniversary in Union Square.  This June, yogis will be able to bask in the warm summer air in special sunrise and sunset classes on the renovated rooftop.  Union Square Blog was lucky enough to get a special free tour with CLAY’s manager, Chris, and learned some pretty awesome tidbits about the exclusive gym that we wanted to share.  First of all, CLAY caps membership so there are never lines for equipment and members are sure to get the classes that they want.  WHAT?  Having dealt with other gyms in this city, we think that is pretty damn cool.  CLAY’s other feature include the high quality gym equipment you’d expect at an upscale gym, a Natural Cafe with curated menu options from a nutritionist, personal saunas, and spa.  Lastly, CLAY doesn’t try to imprison all members to a 1-year contract.  Monthly memberships are available for those transient New Yorkers always on the go.  We give this place two enthusiastic thumbs up.  Check it out!

New School’s University Center Tops Out

The ongoing transformation of the Union Square neighborhood hit a significant milestone yesterday with the topping out of The New School’s new University Center on the corner of 5th Avenue and 14th Street. The new building, designed by SOM’s award-winning architect Roger Duffy, will add 375,000 square feet of much-needed classroom space, an auditorium, library and 608-bed student residence. In addition, the building will make 14th Street a little greener, garnering a gold rating from LEED. At the topping out ceremony, The New School President David E. Van Zandt thanked former New School President Bob Kerrey for starting the ambitious project, the Durst Organization for developing the new academic center with the environment in mind, and Tishman Construction.  President Van Zandt also gave special mention to the Union Square community thanking them for their patience and understanding through the construction process. By the end of the year, the new building will don a new skin, providing further relief from noise to nearby residents, as the construction moves inside the building.  The new University Center building is expected to open for the Spring 2014 semester. 

University Center [New School University]

Need a Tech Job? Union Square is hiring!

See the giant red dot with 126 tech companies?  Yeah, that’s us.  So the economy has been kind of meh lately.  That’s why the city created this awesome map to help all you techies find the jobs of your dreams.  You can be playing pinball in your sprawling Union Square Office while dreaming up your next coding adventure at some of the biggest and best companies and start-ups this side of the Rocky Mountains.  Come on, what are you waiting for?  Check it out!

Union Square hit the Silver Screen

So apparently a little movie called UNION SQUARE debuted at last year’s Toronto Film Festival.  While the majority of the film was shot inside an apartment and revolved around the characters’ relationship with each other (and not our beloved neighborhood), we are excited to see Union Square on the silver screen.  Anyone see this flick?

Union Square center of the New Tech City, report says

For those of you who have not been paying attention, the media has exploded with coverage of the tech boom right here in Union Square.  We, of course, have been chatting about this since our blog launched 2 months ago.  First, the Center for the Urban Future published a major report about New York City’s tech sector, placing Union Square the epicenter of the new software-based economy. The report analyzes the explosion of digital startups founded in New York over the past five years—with data on nearly 500 New York startups. 

Of course all this report also comes at the heels of a MoneyTree report published by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association that concluded of the seven leading technology regions in the United States, New York City was the only one to see an increase in the number of VC deals between 2007 and 2011. 

Did we mention that in February Crain’s New York also released a list of the top 10 most active venture capital firms in the city and Union Square neighborhood is home to 5 of them?

Getting Sandy with Evelyn’s Playground

Today our gardeners replaced the sand in Evelyn’s Playground.

Union Square Top Dining Destination for Techies

Photo from FourSquare

Techies are getting their food-fix in Union Square, according to a FourSquare survey conducted by Business Insider.  Some of our favorite neighborhood spots made the list like Coffee Shop, Friend of the Farmer, and City Bakery. Business Insider surveyed 20 “cool kids” (whatever that portends) to comb Foursquare and create what they call “tried-and-true” tech hotspots.  Check em’ out.

25 Bars And Restaurants Where Cool New York Tech People Schmooze [Business Insider]