Urban Compass Brings More Tech to the Nabe

Urban-Compass logo
The Real Deal reports that Urban Compass is moving into a 9,000 sf space at 19 Union Square West. This will be the second New York office for the tech-centric residential brokerage firm.  The company is one of the most well-funded startups, raising almost $33 million since its launch in May.  Continue reading

A Subscription Lunch Service in Union Square? City Lunch Club Delivers a New Way to Dine

Are you sick of that same sandwich/soup combo you get for lunch every day?  A new startup is looking to provide the cure for the common lunch.  City Lunch Club just launched, offering a curated lunch from some of our neighborhood’s best restaurants delivered to you daily!  Some of your favorite Harvest in the Square restaurant participants could be delivering high-end-yet-affordable lunches right to your desk!

How it works:
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Mastercard Rumored to Join Tech-Charge with new Union Square Digs


Following a fleet of tech companies that have settled into Union Square over the past several years, MasterCard is rumored to be eyeing its own Union Square space near the tech stars for their new mobile e-commerce technology lab focused on research, development and software design.  According to Crain’s New York, the credit card giant is Continue reading

Wi-Fi? Why, Yes! Where to go in Union Square

union square park
Union Square Park
The Union Square Partnership completed a massive Wi-Fi upgrade and expansion.  The new system features more antennas and an astounding 1,100% increase in bandwidth to support the popular tablet and smart phone devices that have mushroomed since USP’s free Wi-Fi system was first implemented several years ago. Thousands of users have taken advantage of the new system, which can be found under network name USP Park Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi now extends to the pedestrian plaza along Broadway between 17th and 18th Streets. The upgrade was made possible through the generous support of Beth Israel Medical Center and our rooftop partners Vornado Realty Trust, Paragon Sporting Goods and Related Companies.

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Burgeoning Tech Stars Get BID Support

Photo: Jane Kojima, Flatiron Partnership

Photo: Jane Kojima, Flatiron Partnership

The tech explosion has rocked the New York City economy, bringing in new jobs and expertise. Union Square and the Flatiron District are at the very heart of the industry’s growth in the City. To support these businesses, the Union Square Partnership and the Flatiron Partnership sponsored one of General Assembly’s weekly happy hours, for members of the coding power house. Tech companies have had a major impact on the neighborhood, driving the commercial vacancy rate down to 2.9% – the lowest of any New York City market according to Ash Zandieh, Director of TechStarter at ABS Partners.

Israeli Sci-Tech Students Bring Street Lab to Union Square Park

Israeli Students

Today you can stop by a “street lab” tent in the north plaza of Union Square Park and see a variety of student-created technological innovations from the Israel Sci-Tech schools.  Inside you’ll be able to meet the students and view works such as an Android app to identify foods with allergens, a digital system to prevent illegal parking, and a creative way to reduce water consumption during showers. Continue reading

Get Your Small Business Online

Wix Lounge

According to E-tailing Group Inc, 98% of retail customers are online. I mean, you are reading this blog, right? It is now more important than ever to have a professional web presence. On Thursday, January 24th, USP and our friends at Wix Lounge will hold a free small business networking forum: Small Business 2.0. At the event, Wix will provide an overview of the essentials for small businesses going online, including website design and social media outreach and marketing. There will be complementary wine and hors’doeuvres. Deets below.

USP’s Small Business 2.0
Thursday, January 24th – 6:00 PM
10 West 18th Street, 2nd Floor

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 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?