Friday, September 3, 2010

Day 14: The Real Estate Tour

Photo of the Day: Looking For Potential

Two field trips in a row! Our organization is looking to move to a new location by January because our current space is being donated pro bono, and we want to really create a home of our own that fits our brand. Our boss took us to visit to two different possibilities, each with distinct advantages and disadvantages. One of the offices, pictured above, was a historical structure at E. 20th Street and Broadway near Union Square. We loved this building because it was in the heart of the city near restaurants, shops, and parks and really reflected the Taproot Foundation's energetic persona. The space itself was beautiful with lots of natural light and wood flooring, but it had no central air-conditioning, which was a major concern given the recent heat wave and the legendary frigid winters. Little inconveniences like the slow and noisy elevators and creaky floors became significant discussion topics.

The other option was an unfinished building at 220 Church Street recently taken over by Gap, one of our big corporate partners. We entered into a huge, cathedral-like lobby that gives the entrance to the office a sense of gravitas. There is a lot of potential in the interior since we would have a say in the build-out of our floor, but the major drawback is the location, which is in a somewhat dead part of town with mostly government offices. Subway access is not as convenient, and there are fewer lunch options. We are still very much torn between the two spaces, but we will be aggressively pursuing both and hope one of them pans out. I'm looking forward to learning where I'll be working for a better part of the year, and I'll be sure to let you know where I'll end up.

In other news, I'm heading to Washington, D.C. for the Labor Day weekend! My next few posts will be off-theme for the blog, but I'll be sure to still keep you updated on my adventures.

Alex, the marketing manager, admires the natural light in one of the buildings.

Option No. 1: A historic building at E. 25th Street and Broadway.
The view from the office window.
Option No. 2: A blank slate to build our office.
An example of what our corridor could look like.
Another view out the potential office's window.
The lobby had vaunted, arched ceilings.
A grand entrance for visitors.
Lunch on the house at Goodburger!
A delicious turkey sandwich and sweet potato fries at Bus Boys & Poets in Washington, D.C.

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