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Thanksgiving Travel Tips From the Traffic Experts

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Charlie Brown Thanksgiving picture is the same sentiment as our midtown Manhattan coworking space.

Turkey for me, Turkey for you, it’s Turkey Time! It’s also time to plan ahead for the Thanksgiving commute; we’ll be departing from our Midtown Manhattan coworking space. Wherever you may be departing from, we compiled a list of traffic tips that will help you plan ahead. Tips are courtesy of data experts at Google and that handy Waze app they acquired back in 2013.

The Thanksgiving Drive…take the week off

The best travel time is Sunday at 6am, after which traffic congestion gets progressively worse.

The worst times for driving are Tuesday and Wednesday late afternoon, with traffic peaking Wednesday around 3pm. Surprisingly, traffic lightens on Wednesday after 6pm – so take the night owl route.

In New York City, traffic is the worst on the actual day of Thanksgiving, between 2 – 3pm. For anyone attending or avoiding the Macy’s Day Parade, here’s what to expect.

Best time for the return trip is Sunday; the worst time for the return trip is Saturday around 4pm.

So, based on these traffic patterns, the best option is to take off for the whole week! ūüėČ

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving picture is the same sentiment as our midtown Manhattan coworking space.

 

 

The Thanksgiving Flight…

No surprise here, the worst time to fly is Wednesday morning and the worst day for return flights is Sunday. Data shows that Sunday’s flights are frequently plagued by delays and cancellations.

Thanksgiving Day and Monday morning are the recommended flight days – and these days also have the cheapest airfare.

 

Trains, Planes, Automobiles…

Back in May, Waze and the Port Authority announced a data sharing partnership. This means that real-time airport, bus terminal, bridge, and tunnel delays are reported on both the Waze app and the Port Authority app. Smartphones just got smarter.

For the 01%…

Private planes and helicopters are always an option too. Traffic problem solved.

If you want more tips, come visit us at our midtown Manhattan coworking space in 1412 Broadway or email us at info@workvillenyc.com! Now that travel plans are all set, we’re ready for the holiday spirit and that delicious Thanksgiving meal.

thanksgiving dinner meal that we're using our free time in our midtown Manhattan coworking space to plan for.

NYC Coworking members network effectively. Picture of group standing in line to shake hands.

Networking tips from NYC Coworking Members

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Workville members are busy disrupting all industries. Our NYC coworking space attracts the best of the best. Their success is a sum of all parts, including expert and agile teams, a clear company focus, strategic marketing, and quality networking to drive customer acquisition. We asked members the hard-hitting question: how do you achieve quality networking?

While a bragworthy amount of connections seems great, the real ROI is when your network understands what you do. Take LinkedIn as an example.  The most efficient LinkedIn users educate their network. Connections should understand your work well enough that they can do the 30-second pitch for you! Post company updates (job openings, awards, accomplishments, and so on). Also post helpful educational articles that are to likely get shared, an action which increases brand awareness for you.

When it comes to networking at events Рtime is money. Our share space members listed their top three favorite events this Fall, and explain why:

InBound 2017HubSpot’s huge event in Boston attracted over 20,000 attendees, which equates to a lot of handshaking and networking. It also had an impressive lineup of speakers, including Michelle Obama, Mario Batali, and Issa Rae. After listening to these speakers, networking is easy. Just mention which speaker you heard, what was funny or wise about the speaker, and that’s the conversation starter!

NYC coworking space cofounder drives in BMW i8 to TechWeek, pictures here with cofounder of DropCar.

Workville’s co-founder, DJ Dashti drives in style to TechWeek courtesy of DropCar.

TechWeek – A benefit of our NYC coworking space’s central location in midtown is the easy commute to events! TechWeek held panels, speaker series, and community events all over the city.

The Workville fan favorite event was open bar cocktail hour. Not because we’re all lushes (plead the fifth), but because it’s a chance to hang out with industry friends and fellow coworking members outside of the office. All of those “we should hang out sometime” invitations¬†come to fruition during TechWeek.

StrtupBoost РWorkville members know the StrtupBoost founder personally. He was a founding member; so full disclosure that this may be a biased favorite. StrtupBoost is a close-knit circle of quality attendees investing in learning, networking, and helping. Nine times out of ten, your contact will send that follow-up email and help with introductions.

To learn more about joining our talented community at Workville, in which networking is a natural experience, email info@workvillenyc.com.

Streaming Netflix while you Work.

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Walk¬†the halls of our coworking space and you’ll see some multi-taskers working on one computer, and streaming a TV show on another computer. We’re not judging, we’re impressed. It is incredible how technology changes TV watching patterns. Netflix is both the pioneer and industry leader for these changes. As of today, your Netflix subscription will also cost you a whole $1 more.

coworking space member works on one computer and watches Netflix on another computerNetflix produces hundreds of original series (House of Cards!!), and dozens of original movies, documentaries and comedy specials, which has largely attributed to their huge market share. They also smartly set expectations for the customer viewing experience, because streaming media and on-demand videos are not consistent experiences across all devices. So, as a customer, if you have that $7.99 service plan you can stream small definition on one screen at a time. $9.99 service plans enable users to stream in high definition on two devices at once. And for $11.99, users get 4K streaming and 4 devices.

Now we’re breaking the news – $7.99 plans will remain the same, $9.99 plans are jumping all the way up to $10.99 (insert wink), and $11.99 plans are increasing 16% to $13.99. Here’s where you should pay attention…the $13.99 plan is for 4K ultra HD TV and an internet connection fast enough for 4K. ¬†It’s safe to say that Netflix is planning for the future, and they are assuming 4K will be more mainstream and in big demand sooner than we think.

Workville coworking members enjoy watching netflix and attending Netflix events like this one.

Here at Workville, our members in the coworking space are early adaptors and disruptors – we’ll let you know when 4K devices become the norm at Workville.

Feel free to contact info@workvillenyc.com if you’d like to take your own tour of our workspace.

 

The future is CoWorking

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Projections show that by the end of 2017, 1.23 million people will choose coworking space over traditional office space. Coworking space in NYC occupies about 9 million square feet, almost 10% of office space in NYC. Venture Capitalists, Wall Street, and major corporations are investing in the coworking trend while Forbes, Harvard Business Review, and major publications are analyzing coworking with the same fervor as opening day games.

Coworking space in NYC, picture is of Workville's loft style area with members workingIn addition to the obvious advantages (flexible lease terms + move-in ready offices) here are the top three reasons everyone is eyeing coworking:      

1. Meaningful Work РEntrepreneurs choose jobs they care about, which explains that electric buzz in the coworking atmosphere.

2. Collegiate environment РWith so many intelligent people focusing on different kinds of work, shared offices feel like a top university.

3. Collaboration РBecause there is a range of companies under one roof, insular office politics and competitions are not relevant Рinfighting is a thing of the past, or for traditional offices. Members revel in an unspoken code of collaboration and common courtesy.

Workville’s¬†coworking space is the best of NYC because of the talent we attract. We provide the city’s most talented disruptors and thought leaders a productive and friendly space to work. To¬†learn more, signup¬†here¬†for a tour.¬†

coworking space office at Workville with members standing in it

wall of drones. in our NYC coworking space we know how important technology like drones are for recovery efforts.

Drones do Damage Control

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New York City is no stranger to hurricane disasters.¬†Five years on, much of the City, its residents, and its businesses are still recovering from the devastation left by Hurricane Sandy. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, experts rely on new technology to help rebuild: drones. Here’s how drones expedite recovery efforts, and a list of technology companies affiliated with Workville NYC’s co-working space that can also help.

drone flying in stormy gray sky as example of technology that can make a difference. Workville's NYC coworking space also has technology companies making a difference.

The FAA restricts airspace during natural disasters; drones are an exception to that rule. The FAA authorized 43 organizations in Houston to operate drones, including the following: oil and gas companies, insurance companies, media organizations, railroad, and first responders.

Drones capture a live feed so hazardous damage like collapsed infrastructure or oil and gas leaks can be analyzed from a safe distance, and experts can coordinate a response before ever entering an area. Also, for the first time ever, insurance companies are depending on live drone feeds to properly assess and handle insurance claims.

Last year, the FAA rolled out regulations for drones: drones can’t weigh more than 55 pounds, must stay 400 feet in the air, and cannot fly over densely populated areas. So this is the first time the rules and regulations have really been put to the test. Test passed. Drones are proving instrumental in speeding up recovery efforts.

Gold Sachs bar graph of drone sales projections over 8 years. Technology in NYC coworking spaces is on the rise.

 

Here at Workville, we are awed by the importance of technology in recovery efforts. Below are the companies affiliated with our NYC coworking space that are also  helpful resources:

  1. Telport¬†Ninja – Document your home by filming a virtual tour before the storm hits, in case you need to submit an insurance claim after the storm.¬†(Here’s an example of a¬†virtual tour in our NYC coworking space. It’s a very detailed video experience.)
  2. Rapid SOS – Transformative technology, including wearables, can connect you to first responders and provide helpful direct data links from IoT and connected devices.
  3. Nuzzle – This is a waterproof GPS collar for your pet; the pet’s location is tracked through an app on your phone. Veterinary history can also be synced with the app, which is important for pets that are temporarily in shelters and foster care.
  4. Last but not least, while this is not affiliated with our midtown Manhattan office, we think it’s very important to know. Click here for the official FTC Hurricane guide. ¬†

To learn more about the innovative work happening at Workville, contact us directly or click here for a tour. 

Has the Garment District gone tech?

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In short, the answer is yes. Our coworking space location is now described as Silicon Alley.  Our Midtown Manhattan neighborhood is experiencing an influx of technology driven companies and fast-casual restaurants. Which is pretty exciting for lunch time breaks Рyes please to WitchCraft, Lukes Lobster, Mexique, Sushirito, and the list goes on!

The question remains though, what happened to the Garment District?

Now a coworking space neighborhood, picture from the 1950's Garment District shows two men pulling rolling racks with dresses.According to an article published in¬†Crain‚Äôs, ‚Äúthe number of Garment workers has declined by 83% [since 1984],‚ÄĚ largely due to the globalization of the marketplace. Fashion companies used to occupy about 1 million square feet of office space in Midtown Manhattan. The fashion industry is feeling the pressure of displacement; their ecosystem depends on designers, wholesalers, showrooms, and buyers working in close proximity. So, the Mayor‚Äôs office and Economic Development Corp are planning to recreate a 200,000 square feet Garment District in the Industrial Space of Sunset Park, Brooklyn. This is also part of a larger South Brooklyn revitalization plan. We‚Äôre willing to bet SoBo will be the new place to know.

Workville's loft style coworking space. Memers working from desks. Every seat is taken. Laptops and books on the tables.

Midtown Manhattan is emerging¬†as the¬†epicenter for disruptors and tech companies because¬†of the central location. It’s an easy commute with easy access to ALL public transportation. This is important for attracting talent from all over. (Brooklyn, New Jersey, Long Island, Harlem, Connecticut, Uptown, Downtown‚Ķ)

When we first opened Workville in February 2016, we understood the importance of a centrally located coworking space. Location was our foundation for attracting talent. Next, we set-out to foster a welcoming environment for growing startups and thought leaders. The perks of having three terraces and natural sunlight are added bonuses to the member experience.

We’ve quickly become a leading coworking space in NYC, attracting the best-of-the-best. Every day we see the neighborhood around us become better and better too, with Summer Streets on our front stoop, Hudson Yards opening soon, and Bryant Park‚Äôs hub of entertainment and pop-up markets.

Want to be a part of the leading community, centered in the hub of disruption and growth? Contact the Workville team at info@Workvillenyc.com to learn more about the best coworking space in NYC.

Workville's coworking terrace. In conversation and one man is looking at his phone. Both men are in early 30's and very hipster looking - one with bear and one with long hair. Table with red chairs in the forefront.

 

Travel to Bali

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Seems like Bali is the place to be these days. In our coworking space everyone’s Instagram reads like an ad for Bali’s exotic landscape and beaches.

Tanah Lot Temple is one of Bali’s most important landmarks, famed for its offshore setting and sunset backdrops. It has an ancient Hindu shrine perched on top of an outcrop of trees. This is one of the images frequently seen on Instagram feeds in our coworking space. Read more at: http://www.bali-indonesia.com/magazine/tanah-lot.htm?cid=ch:OTH:001

Here’s the¬†tough question though, is the destination worth the travel time? Departing from our midtown Manhattan coworking office, total travel time is around 30 hours! Flights aren’t direct, the best option is¬†a layover in Hong Kong.

An article published earlier this year in¬†Forbes¬†convinced us that YES, those 30 hours are worth the time. Described as experiential and luxurious, 2017 was the first year Forbes Travel Star Awards listed Bali. Tourists describe the experience as “authentic luxury”.

Turquoise map showing where Bali is and the popular travel spots in Indonesia. We are showing the image of the map to help plan our trip from our coworking space.

Hospitality is inherent to the Balinese culture: ‚Äú[an] ability to read guests, think ahead and anticipate their needs.‚ÄĚ Service is gracious, thoughtful, and personalized. Rather than ‚Äú‚Ķjust watch[ing] a ceremony, you are welcome to join in‚ĶDon‚Äôt be surprised if your waiter invites you home to enjoy a family meal or if a driver takes you to his temple ceremony. Openness and sharing is a key part of their culture.‚ÄĚ

So, while we love our coworking space in NYC, we are now completely sold on this Bali trend as well. We love the idea of Bali’s open, sharing, hospitality driven culture. Since our team takes pride in creating a¬†professional, friendly, and inspiring environment, we’re thinking the trip can classify as market research. ūüėČ Now, we just have to look into that airfare‚Ķ

To learn more about how Workville offers a unique, personal experience in our NYC coworking space contact info@workvillenyc.com and sign-up for a tour!

 

Workville’s President Wins 33 Under 33 Award

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Earlier this month, Worville’s President won a StrtUpBoost 33 Under 33 Award. Congrats, Sue!

The 33 Under 33 Awards serve as an opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of some of the best, most innovative individuals currently doing business in the New York City startup space.

Nominations came from members of the startup community, who then voted in 11 different categories: B2B Tech, B2C Tech, Venture Capitalist, Developer/Dev Shop, Fortune 500 & Professionals Integrated with Startup Ecosystem, Social Media, Marketing, Community Organization and Events, and Legal & Accounting.

Workville’s President Sue won in the Community Development category for fearlessly transitioning from a career in fashion to running one of NYC’s greatest coworking spaces and working as an integral force in NYC’s startup community. Sue is committed to helping startups grow their business, network effectively, and develop products to make the world a better place.

Without Sue, Workville would not be the successful ecosystem it is today. At its core, Workville is the warm, hospitable NYC office space that it is because of Sue. We’re so proud of her and the hard work she’s done to grow and develop the coworking community of New York City. Congrats, Sue!

If you’re curious to see how Workville is different than other NYC coworking and office spaces, please schedule a tour and find out!

NY Begins Preparation for 2024 Total Eclipse

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As reported in The Daily News, “this week‚Äôs solar eclipse was just a warm up act for the big show seven years from now ‚ÄĒ and tourism officials are already getting ready.”

That’s right, a total solar eclipse will once again grace North America in 2024, and this time it will pass directly over New York state.

The totality zone of total darkness will cover a wide stretch of New York, from Buffalo through much of the Finger Lakes and Adirondacks. New York City will see 90% of the sun blocked out, compared with 72% of the recent solar eclipse, which brought most of Midtown to a standstill on Monday afternoon.

With just a two-hour drive from NYC to the totality zone on April 8th, 2024, tourism officials are already planning campaigns to intice visitors and logistics to support what may be a massive influx of visitors.

‚ÄúWe can definitely be one of the epicenters of the country,‚ÄĚ said Patrick Kaler, President and CEO of Visit Buffalo Niagara, which promotes tourism in Western New York. ‚ÄúWe are going to do our best to roll out the red carpet to welcome everybody who wants to come.‚ÄĚ

Here at Workville NYC Coworking and Office Space, we’re excited to once again watch a solar eclipse from our private terrace on the 28th floor. Certainly, our members were excited to watch the eclipse on Monday.

What other NYC coworking space can offer such prime eclipse views! Workivlle’s midtown office space provides more than just workspace. Workville provides a space to call your own. And just 5-minutes from Penn Station, Times Square, and Bryant Park, our members are in the center of it all. Including the eclipse of 2024. See you then!

Will Robots Take My Job?

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In the age of AI and increasing automation, it’s not outlandish to wonder about job security. Will advancing technologies make your job role obsolete?

Self-driving cars are probably the best example of this. It’s not long until truck drivers, taxi drivers, and¬†chauffeurs are a thing of the past. Perhaps even pilots are in danger of being replaced or automated. In fact, the website WillRobotsTakeMyJob.com lists pilots as having a 55% chance of being replaced by robots. Taxi drivers? That’s a hard 89% for you guys, sorry!

Business Insider, Mashable, and Time have all reported on the accuracy of this website. Really, it’s only a matter of time until the robots and AI are capable of replacing humans in some of these job roles.

Makes you wonder how AI and robots will factory into the NYC coworking space landscape. New York City offers a variety of office space and hospitality that is built upon the human touch. At least that’s how we operate at Workville!

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