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With its continued popularity, Madison Square Park is called the “Other Central Park” by The Observer

Madison Square Park LawnThe Observer recently wrote up a piece called The Other Central Park: Madison Square Park’s Residential Renaissance that is worth a read.

They look at the rise and fall and rise again of the One Madison ultra-luxury condo tower, now claiming resident owners such as Tom Brady & Giselle, plus Rupert Murdoch, as well as the flourishing restaurant scene and other residential projects to show how Madison Square Park is becoming one of the (of not the) premier residential neighborhoods in New York City.

Mr. Murdoch’s choice of Madison Square Park represents perhaps the most heavyweight endorsement to date of the neighborhood, which has, in the last few years, become known as a favorite of celebrities.

Coworking spaces in the Flatiron, Nomad, and around Madison Square Park, a definitive list

The Madison Square Park is clearly a hotspot for startups not only in New York City but in the United States, and a lot of these startups begin with a simple desk or office in a shared co-working space. Here is a look at some of the options in the Flatiron, Nomad, and Madison Square Park neighborhoods (NOTE – please send any additions or modifications to

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    Wix Lounge (235 West 23rd Street | 646-862-0833): A bit west of the neighborhood, but this is a free co-working, event and exhibit space for creative professionals from 9am-5pm Monday through Friday on a first-come first-serve basis.

  • Grind (419 Park Ave South | 646-558-3250): Prices range from $35/day to $500/month for a shared desk from 8am-midnight. Amenities include free Intelligentsia coffee, a conference room, and phone booths for calls.
  • NeueHouse (110 East 25th Street | 212-273-0440): A nice looking space for solopreneurs and small businesses (1-10 people) with shared table space, and private offices, plus a conference room and a screening room. Memberships start at $450/month and go up. They even have The Canteen with food directed by chef, Gregg Drusinsky (Casa Mono, Lupa and Le Bernardin).
  • TechSpace Chelsea (44 West 28th Street | 212-905-7712): There are 62 office suites. Private offices start at $1250/month. TechSpace Flatiron (18 West 18th Street | 212-905-7725) Private offices start at $1250/month. There are 22 private office suites. The person who answered the phone for these locations was oddly unfriendly and offered no other helpful info so I personally would skip this one. Who needs attitude at your work space.
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    COWORK|RS (115 E 23rd Street | 212-738-9581): Communal desks, private offices, meeting rooms, and a lounge, with fast internet, HD projectors, printers, copiers, free coffee, tea, and beer, foosball, ping pong and video games. Pricing ranges from $350/mo for a shared space and $800 and up for a private office.

  • Studio Guild (18 West 27th Street): A wind powered space with 3 floors of desks for creative and tech types. All desks are $515/month (some with Empire State Building views!). There is a big conference room and shared internet.
  • (42 West 24th Street |212-691-0609), Hot desks for $299/month, Desks for $499/mo., offices for$1900-$2500/month. Amenities include conference room w/ tv monitor, internet, and 24/7 access.
  • OfficeLinks Hub (460 Park Avenue South | 877-649-5071): The space has big windows with a skylight streaming in natural sunlight. Provides a secure technology infrastructure, meditation room, phone booths, state of the art meeting rooms as well as private office space. Dedicated desk- $750, Full time membership – $500, Part time membership- $229, Day Pass- $35.
  • In Good Company Workplaces (16 West 23rd Street | 646-810-9195 AND 401 Park Ave South | 855.593.9675 AND 349 5th Avenue | 646.747.7127): This space is for women entrepreneurs and features desks, private offices, a conference room, classes, and networking.
  • wework (79 Madison Avenue; 855-593-9675): Amenities include B+W / Color Prints; Copy/Scan, Conference Rooms, Free Beer, High-Speed Internet & Wifi, lounges, Organic Coffee, Private Phone Booths, health insurance solutions
  • The Yard (234 Fifth Avenue at 27th Street): The Brooklyn Coworking Space is expanding further into Manhattan with shared desks (~$400-$500) and private offices (-$800 for single person offices) starting July 1st, 2014, just north of Madison Square Park. There is also a rumor that another Yard space will be opening in the Flatiron soon.
  • Coalition Chelsea (122 West 27th Street | 646-201-5508) Dedicated desks from $395/month and private offices from $1000/month.
  • Coalition Union Square/Flatiron (902 Broadway at 20th Street | 646-201-5508): Shared desks from $250/month and private offices from $1500/month.
  • General Assembly (902 Broadway): They actually shut down their co-working space to make room for more classes.

New luxury rental The Centurian Building opens today in Nomad

1182 broadwayThere is a new high-end rental building in Nomad – The Centurian Building (1182 Broadway at 28th Street) was heavily renovated over the last couple years and now is available for move-ins. It’s one of the highest-end rental buildings currently in Nomad and is situated between the blocks which house the Nomad Hotel and the Ace Hotel.

It was not too long ago that this building was busted and residents were forced to immediately vacate, because unbeknownst to tenants, the building was allegedly illegally converted from a manufacturing building to a rental building.

In fact, I lived there from 2004-2007, and had no idea it was an illegal rental building. I loved it back then because it was a big open real loft space with high ceilings and big windows, even if the street scene below was crazy at times with wholesalers/importer/exporters, impromptu freestyle street rap sessions on a static-y amplifier, and huge counterfeit busts in the various nearby buildings.

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But then the Ace Hotel took over 29th Street, the Nomad Hotel set up between 27th and 28th, and all the retail (Opening Ceremony, Maison Kitsuné, Jung Lee home decor) and restaurants (No 7 Sub, SweetGreen, John Dory, The Breslin, The Nomad) that followed began the transformation of that stretch of Broadway. Needless to say a lot has changed, even if there are still a ton of wholesalers and import /export shops uglifying some amazing architecture from the early 1900′s.

So the original illegal rental building was discovered by DoB, shut down, and now has re-emerged as a beautiful, luxury rental building.

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It’s a fairly stunning renovation with high ceilings, sub-zero refrigerators, Bosch washer and dryers, and Zuma soaking tubs. Units reportedly start around $5800 and go way up from there.

You can find more info, photos and floor-plans at




Flatiron startup expands press release distribution, closes the gap with expensive news wires

Distribition Sites 031114 340Flatiron-based, the affordable press release distribution startup (and cousin website of MadParkNews), has just announced that it now syndicates its releases to over 100 regional news sites including, Nation’s Restaurant News,,,,, International Business Times, the Miami Herald, Hawaii News Now, Minyanville and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. They are also a Google News source and mention each release on Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon, and other social media sites.

“We are looking to rapidly close the market gap between our affordable press release service,, and the more expensive press release services out there” said Brian Scully, CEO of “If you are getting great press coverage out of your current service, stick with it. But if not, then there is no need for a press release service to cost more than $50 per release, or even $100-$1200. That is outrageous for what you get in return. We price it at $39 so you can get your news out there at a fair price.”

Unlike the more expensive services, charges just $39 per press release, which includes images, links, embedded video, social media profiles, and a newsroom at no extra cost.

Rupert Murdoch reportedly buys top 4 floors of One Madison park condo for 57.3 million

BusinessWeek is reporting that News Corp Chairman (and Fox CEO) Rupert Murdoch is reportedly buying the top 4 floors of the new condo development One Madison Park (23 East 22nd Street between Broadway and Park Ave) for 57.3 million. The 4 floors (57-60) total about 10,160 square feet putting the price at a staggering (and likely […]

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