Is There A Ground Zero For Silicon Alley?

Flatiron districtThere is. Not exactly ground zero, but a strip of real estate where most of the action happens in the scene. According to columnist Jonathan Vatner, the Flatiron district and neighboring Chelsea is where it’s at. What makes them special?

For starters, Google is there.

Second, all the big VC offices are a short walk away.  That’s Union Square, First Round Capital, etc.

Third, the office space is modest but inviting.

Fourth, the leases are flexible and landlords don’t mind tenants who’ll stick around for three years or less.

But in general its reason one and two that are the biggest draws.

Still, since a lot of the tech ‘action’ happens digitally, in a place like New York being a startup affords founders more choices when it comes to work places (apartments, abandoned warehouses, etc.). Besides, young companies tend to be nomadic, either outgrowing their current habitat or moving to a smaller (co-working) space within short periods of time.

Via: The New York Times

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  • http://www.tnl.net Tristan Louis

    Another reason, that the Times may have missed, is historical. The flatiron area is where the first generation of dotcom companies got started. Doubleclick even had a sign on 22nd and Broadway in the 1990s that said “Welcome to Silicon Alley”. Check this picture out: http://www.darrenherman.com/20

  • Staci Goodman

    Hey guys, I’m glad you saw the NY Times article. I’m a recent grad of Wisconsin and started working for Adam’s & Co. Real Estate (the real estate company mentioned in the article). In addition to the companies mentioned in the article (Mashable, Demand Media, Tremor Media and Bluewolf), we are working with a half dozen others on their search new space.

    If anyone is looking for space now or might be in the future I would love to get together.

    Staci
    917-326-5540
    sgoodman@adamsre.com

  • Staci Goodman

    Hey guys, I’m glad you saw the NY Times article. I’m a recent grad of Wisconsin and started working for Adam’s & Co. Real Estate (the real estate company mentioned in the article). In addition to the companies mentioned in the article (Mashable, Demand Media, Tremor Media and Bluewolf), we are working with a half dozen others on their search new space.

    If anyone is looking for space now or might be in the future I would love to get together.

    Staci
    917-326-5540
    sgoodman@adamsre.com

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