Great article by Amy Zimmer for dnainfo.com on NYC office space trends. So many more interesting opportunities for small businesses, start ups and freelancers than in the past. Sunset Park’s Industry City has been declared the “it” place (and Michelle Flood was on it from the start!!), Long Island City is expected to be the next hot spot with the Falchi Building attracting tech start-ups. Two other important office space trends are “nice kitchens“, the office amenity of choice for millennials and dedicated space for food trucks! More detailed info below the break.
7. Sunset Park’s Industry City will be the “it” place.
Even with the gut renovations slated for properties all over Brooklyn, the borough still has a “tremendous shortage” of space for creative companies, which is why more attention will turn to Industry City, a 6 million square foot, 16-building complex in Sunset Park that’s home to a range of tenants, including distilleries, gluten-free bakeries and soon, the Brooklyn Nets’ practice space.
The complex is in the midst of a $100 million renovation by Belvedere Capital, Jamestown and Angelo Gordon — the team known for its successful revitalization of the Chelsea Market.
“You’re going to see Industry City come more to forefront as the place to go,” Havens said.
8. Long Island City is next.
Jamestown is bringing is magic formula to the 658,000 square foot Falchi building, a former Gimbels department store warehouse in Long Island City. The Coalition for Queens, a nonprofit focused on supporting start-ups, is focused on turning the area into a tech hub, playing up its proximity to the future home of Cornell Tech across the East River on Roosevelt Island. It’s also going to be home to Doughnut Plant.
9. The must-have for new offices: nice kitchens with spaces to mingle…
Breakfast Mondays, lunch on Wednesdays and Thursday bar nights — architect Scott Spector noticed that a lot of the city’s start-ups were focused on providing meals for their employees to enjoy together. In response, his firm has been focusing on designing larger café and pantry areas with flexible multi-purpose spaces for people to sit together and have meetings.
“Millennials all want access to food,” Spector said. “They’re having breakfast together and they’re getting to know each other. And they’re not only eating in these spaces, they’re meeting in these spaces.”
10. And space for food trucks?
Spector is also designing space for buildings to accommodate food trucks, where they can drive into a building’s loading dock and park, he said, noting that he’s doing this in a Long Island City “tech-type” building whose address he declined to disclose.
“It’s a quirky, fun thing,” Spector said. “That’s how you attract tenants.”