Did you know that UrbanSpace operates a shared coworking space right off of Union Square? UrbanSpace Works offers private offices in our penthouse loft space- each with access to wireless internet, printing, conference room space, shared kitchen with espresso machine, and a 2,000-square-foot roof deck with planters. Read More
UrbanSpace is excited to announce a new partnership with The Garment District NYC — a partnership that’s going to bring some mighty exciting things to the Broadway pedestrian malls in the heart of the historic New York district. First up is UrbanSpace Garment District, a month-long food fest running along Broadway from 39th Street to 41st Street.
Stop by the market between September 15 and October 17 for bites from 30 independent food businesses, serving lobster rolls, arepas, duck dumplings, Dutch pancakes, Belgian waffles, Japanese curry, Brazilian bonbons, whoopie pies, paella, wood-fired pizzas and more. The lineup is packed with UrbanSpace newcomers, plus a handful of favorites from other UrbanSpace markets and from within the Garment District. Check out the full vendor list here! And learn more about this and upcoming UrbanSpace projects from The Village Voice and DNA Info.
Only one week of Broadway Bites remains (until October, at least), which begs the very important question: Have you had your gelato–and Korean tacos and mushroom dumplings and Turkish pastries and beer floats–today?
As the market winds down, we wanted to give a special shout to one of the vendors who always puts a smile on our faces, not just because his gelato is so darn good. Luca Meacci is the passionate Italian expat behind the stateside branch of Gelato Ti Amo, which launched in Cortona, Italy, in 2010. Meacci tried the gelato on a visit to his home region of Arezzo in 2011, met with the founders the very next day, and the rest is (sweet) history.
We love Meacci’s gelato for its purity of flavor and its obsessive devotion to top-notch ingredients. Read on to learn more, and get thee to Broadway Bites to taste for yourself!
UrbanSpace: What inspired you to bring Gelato Ti Amo stateside?
Luca Meacci: I have been living in New York for ten years now, and I was missing the taste of gelato that I grew up with! I am from Arezzo and I always go back in September. During the summer of 2011 I went to Cortona and tried some gelato. I immediately fell in love with the gelato and with Gelato Ti Amo. The next day I met with one of the founders about the possibility of bringing Gelato Ti Amo to New York City. I am someone that eats gelato all year round and I thought that it could be great for me to recreate that in the greatest city in the world.
US: For those who don’t know, can you explain the difference between gelato and ice cream?
LM: Yes. It’s very easy for me to answer that. The first difference is that gelato has less fat then ice cream. The churning speed is different. Ice cream is churned faster and harder than gelato to incorporate air into the mixture. Gelato is churned at a slower speed, which means not as much air is whipped into the mixture keeping it dense. Another difference is that Ice cream is heavy on the cream. In order to be legally labeled it is required to have at least 10 percent fat content . We don’t use any cream, we only use organic certified USDA approved Milk. And our fat content is only 4 percent.
US: Again, for those who don’t know: will you explain what sets your gelato apart from the rest?
LM: We get our milk and mascarpone from Mukki Latte, a milk company from Tuscany in business since 1954 and a USDA approved organic certified company, which is a synonym of quality. Just to give you an idea of how quality is important to us, we choose our products very carefully. Our raspberry, strawberries and figs come from Arezzo (Tuscany), lemons come from Sorrento (Naples), hazelnuts from Langhe (Barolo area, Piedmont), pistachios from Bronte (Sicily), chocolate, coconut and mango from the Caribbeans. If you go to one of our locations in Italy you will find exactly the same taste.
US: I know choosing one favorite flavor would likely be impossible, so how about choosing a favorite flavor for each season — spring, summer, winter and fall?
LM: Spring: strawberry sorbet
Summer: pistachio gelato
Winter: hazelnut gelato
Fall: mascarpone and figs gelato
*July 9, 2014: It’s official — Smithfield Market has been saved! And UrbanSpace founder Eric Reynolds has put forth proposals for a Covent Garden-style public market.
*Update! June 30, 2014: Lady Gaga gives a plug to the Smithfield salvation effort! Read the story here — a crowd of Lady Gaga lookalikes marched on Parliament to protest the destruction of the historic market (seriously) — and check out the action on Twitter at #SaveSmithfield
April, 2014: UrbanSpace in London is currently engaged in a high-profile battle to save the historic Smithfield Meat Market, a Victorian era landmark built in 1883, from a controversial £160m plan to scoop out the “innards” and insert blocks of modern shops and offices. The proposed plan would effectively destroy the interiors, leaving only the facade intact.
Despite the success of the public inquiry to save the Victorian era Smithfield Market, which came to a close on February 28th, the battle continues. Henderson Global Investors’ barrister is refusing Save Britain’s Heritage campaigners’ rival plans for the redevelopment of the Smithfield Market in London.
Henderson’s intention is to redevelop the derelict General Market buildings, which once sold meat, fish, fruit and vegetables, into an office building scheme with shops and restaurants. The $266 million plan would “mutilate” Smithfield’s interiors. Eric Reynolds, the founder of UrbanSpace Management, which is working with Save Britain, hopes to enable the spirit and fabric of the historic Smithfield Market buildings to be preserved. The alternative refurbishment plan would retain a significant amount more of the original architecture than Henderson’s plans.
Milly & Earl is a Brooklyn retail hot-spot like no other. The items they carry are as varied as NYC itself, while still carrying with them a unified voice and aesthetic. From their popular nautical themed items to the geometric necklaces and bracelets seen hanging from the necks and wrists of so many young New Yorkers, Milly & Earl aims to keep things classy and classic while still looking forward and staying ahead of the trends. This year, we’re lucky enough to have the team from Milly & Earl participating in our flagship event, the Union Square Holiday Market. Read More
We’d love to share additional press about our new shared office space at 80 Fifth Avenue. Thank you Mary Johnson at DNA Info for chatting with Eldon and writing about our exciting new venture!
For desk-bound New Yorkers who crave a little nature during the work day, a new option in the Union Square office rental market combines urban agriculture with the daily grind.
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It’s been a very exciting day here at UrbanSpace! Our new office was featured in today’s New York Post, on Page 4 of the Commercial Real Estate section.
The New York Post’s Lois Weiss chatted with our own Eldon Scott about the gorgeous new office – dubbed UrbanSpace Works. Not only will our team call the 5,000-square-foot penthouse of 80 Fifth Avenue home, but we will also be renting small (1-8 desk) offices to likeminded businesspeople.
A new penthouse aerie for urban entrepreneurs will include an outdoor deck and private farm plot along with indoor desks and chairs. The 5,000-square-foot UrbanSpace location at 80 Fifth Ave. at 14th St. near Union Square will also offer lots of light and air from operable large windows, shared conference rooms, a kitchen and data connections.
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Looking to wow your clients with an impressive new office space in 2013? UrbanSpace to the rescue! We’re in the process of renting out small office spaces for 1-8 people in the penthouse of a gorgeous 18-story building near Union Square.
Each resident of UrbanSpace Works will have a desk that overlooks a one-of-a-kind 2,000 square foot indoor and outdoor seating area, including a rooftop farm. Not only will you have a beautiful view and a serene work environment, but each desk also comes with a private plot, soil and irrigation. Cultivate your green thumb while you work!
Conveniently located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 14th Street, these recently renovated office spaces offer unparalleled natural light and have fantastic, unbroken views of the city.
Each office has access to the outdoor space, along with shared conference rooms, printers, kitchen and data connections.
Email us at email@example.com for more information, or to schedule an appointment to see the space.
As our Union Square Holiday Market vendors continue preparing for opening day (TOMORROW), we want to take a moment to spotlight one of our newest additions: Toby’s Estate Coffee.
Since opening in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in January of this year, Toby’s Estate has quickly established itself as a leader in the specialty coffee category; they received the highest score from The New York Coffee Guide, and have received glowing reviews from The New York Times and New York Magazine, among many other outlets.
Toby’s Estate is dedicated to providing the highest quality coffee roasted in house, and offers a fully immersive coffee retail experience in its Brooklyn space, which has been designed to showcase the traceability and transparency of the bean from crop to cup. Toby’s Estate has an established green bean coffee buying program, and works on a direct farm relationship basis with coffee farmers on trips to origin six months of the year.
“Brooklyn and its artisan products have been receiving an increasing amount of acclaim from international food critics, and we are excited to broaden that experience to Manhattan,” says founder Toby Smith.
At the Union Square Holiday Market, Toby’s Estate will serve a range of espresso and filter coffees, using distinctive high altitude Arabica coffees from around the globe. The coffee menu will feature an array of single origins including coffees from Colombia, Kenya, Guatemala, and Brazil. Toby’s will also serve a range of bakery items from artisan Brooklyn bakers alongside bags of freshly roasted coffee beans and coffee brewing equipment to gift or use at home.
Rest assured that the UrbanSpace team will be drinking plenty of Toby’s this holiday season! Their booth is conveniently located next to our Information Booth.
See ya there.
-The UrbanSpace Blog Squad
We’re mere days away from kicking off the nineteenth annual Union Square Holiday Market, and we’re excited to introduce you to our amazing 2012 vendors. From Humble Chic NY to 4MULA, from Momofuku Milk Bar to No Chewing Allowed, we’ve got an all-star group on board this year.
One of the most exciting developments this season is UrbanSpace’s partnership with the geniuses at Apparently Inc on an new iPhone app called here. The here. app will provide visitors with an interactive map of the market, vendor profiles, discounts, deals and event calendars. We think this is going to be a great addition to our holiday markets and help our smartphone-wielding customers get the most out of their shopping experience.
The Union Square Holiday Market will be open from Friday, November 16th until Monday, December 24th; market hours are 11:00am to 8:00pm Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 8:00pm Saturday, and 11:00am to 7:00pm Sunday. The market is closed on Thanksgiving Day.
Looking forward to seeing you at Union Square this holiday season!
-The UrbanSpace Blog Squad