Urbanspace makes markets. We cultivate environments rich in creativity – places where local makers collaborate, exchange ideas, and showcase their wares. Fostering community by transforming city spaces, we are motivated to provide the platforms on which artisans and entrepreneurs succeed.
We pack the year with an exciting roster of markets, each featuring an ever-changing lineup of chefs, artisans and makers. We build our markets in the most vibrant thoroughfares of New York City, bringing a dynamic array of food and design to unexpected public venues. Our brick and mortar food hall, Urbanspace Vanderbilt, offers a year-round foodie destination featuring 20+ chef-driven concepts within an truly iconic New York space.
Urbanspace was founded in 1970 as Urban Space Management, the brainchild of developer Eric Reynolds. During its 40+ years of existence, the company has developed well over 50 projects, revamped derelict city spaces, conserved heritage buildings, and created vibrant new places for community and commercial gathering. Its formula: imaginative promotion, close involvement with the arts and, above all, nurturing of small business.
In the UK, Urban Space Management’s projects include adaptive re-use, as well as new construction tailored to the arts and small retail tenants. They include Camden Lock, which draws over 10 million visitors annually, Chelsea Farmer’s Market off the King’s Road, newly built market halls in London and Swindon, renovations of Europe’s 4tholdest rail structure at Bishopsgate, the 3-acre Victorian market building at Spitalfields, the repurposed 1960’s shopping center at Elephant and Castle, and the Container City in London’s Docklands
In 1993, an ambitious market manager named Eldon Scott decamped from the London team and arrived in New York City, establishing our NYC operations with the founding of the Grand Central Holiday Fair. That same year, Urbanspace introduced The Union Square Holiday Market – the first of our outdoor holiday markets in New York. With it’s unbeatable location in gorgeous Union Square, and the always compelling lineup of artisans and makers, the market has come to be known the world over as a preeminent holiday shopping destination for locals and tourists alike. A decade later, we’d duplicate that magic with the arrival of The Columbus Circle Holiday Market, cementing open-air markets as a part of the cultural fabric of New York at the holidays.
Following on the successes of our holiday pop-ups, Urbanspace has always sought to bring the energy of our markets to new locations – each imaginatively adapted to fit the unique characteristics of it’s neighborhood. Like all good things in life, some markets have come and gone: Dekalb Market, Urbanspace Meatpacking, and Penn Plates may only be memories today, but their spirit lives on in our current markets, including culinary favorites Mad. Sq. Eats, Broadway Bites, and Urbanspace Garment District alongside the holiday icons The Union Square Holiday Market, and The Columbus Circle Holiday Market.
In September of 2015, Urbanspace unveiled it’s flagship brick-and-mortar food hall, Urbanspace Vanderbilt, featuring over 20 chef driven concepts inside of the landmarked Helmsley Building at 230 Park Avenue (E 45th & Vanderbilt Ave).
So what’s next for Urbanspace? We’re going to keep making markets! Look out for us arriving as the new operators of the Holiday Shops at Bryant Park beginning winter 2016, and keep your ears open for updates on Bourdain’s forthcoming Pier 57 Market, slated to open in 2019. Check out our affiliated markets at City Kitchen in the Row Hotel, and the kiosks at Times Square. And stay up-to-date with all the latest news about Urbanspace by following us on Instagram.