UrbanSpace is the American division of London’s Urban Space Management.
Eldon Scott established UrbanSpace’s presence in New York City in 1994; prior to moving to the states, Mr. Scott had been instrumental in the success of several London projects, including Camden Lock, Chelsea Gardens and Spitalfields.
Using his experiences in London as a blueprint, Mr. Scott was among the first to successfully bring the retail market model to Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Under Mr. Scott’s leadership, UrbanSpace has undertaken a variety of specialty marketplace projects in locations across New York City, including Grand Central Terminal, South Street Seaport, 57th Street, Madison Square Park, Columbus Circle, Ladies Mile (6th Avenue), Union Square, the Meatpacking District, Downtown Brooklyn and Bowling Green.
UrbanSpace has also built rich relationships with many landlords, including the Trump Organization, World Financial Properties, the Rouse Company, Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the NYC Parks Department.
Rather than overwhelm the neighborhoods in which they reside, UrbanSpace markets are imaginatively adapted to fit the unique characteristics of each site. The goal is to foster creatively rich environments, where local artisans, makers and chefs mingle, exchange ideas and showcase their wares.
UrbanSpace markets give back to the general population, stimulating economic growth and providing vibrant meeting places for consumers.
One such example is the Dekalb Market in downtown Brooklyn, a collaboration between UrbanSpace, Young Woo and Associates and ORE Design + Technology that closed in the fall of 2012. The Dekalb Market vendors were housed in a collection of salvaged shipping containers. The site successfully brought together Brooklyn’s creative entrepreneurs in a community setting, and regularly hosted local bands, performers and community events.
Other recent UrbanSpace successes in New York include Mad. Sq. Eats, a wildly popular food market that showcases the cuisine of popular New York restaurants like Roberta’s, Momomuku Milk Bar and many more. The market is held twice a year in beautiful Worth Square, adjacent to Madison Square Park.
UrbanSpace continues to curate and manage both the Union Square Holiday Market and the Columbus Circle Holiday Market. The holiday markets have become New York institutions, and draw millions of visitors annually.
In January 2013, Mr. Scott announced that UrbanSpace had signed a 10-year lease for the penthouse at 80 Fifth Avenue. The gorgeous space boasts sweeping city views, floor to ceiling windows, and a 2,000-square-foot outdoor terrace and farm. The space is divided up into 15 private office spaces, which will be occupied by small businesses and creative start-ups. The goal is to foster a pleasant, creative and productive workplace for New Yorkers to enjoy.
Mr. Scott and the UrbanSpace team are always on the lookout for new projects.