Next time you’re headed to or from your SoHo meeting rental space, be sure to stop at Housing Works’ Bookstore Café! Located just a few blocks from SoHoSoleil on Crosby Street and Prince Street, Housing Works is the perfect spot to relax with good coffee and a great read. The space itself has a hip and vibrant atmosphere. The large curved staircase and walls lined with colorful books make Housing Works the niche SoHo reading spot that you’ve always dreamed of. The store has such a wide selection of very cheap and interesting works, ranging in any subject you’re looking for. What’s best, is you can take a seat at one of the café tables with your snack or drink and read in the store! Housing Works’ Bookstore Café is usually filled with the coffee and book lovers of downtown NYC, and if you stop by, there will certainly be a seat and a book for you too. We love heading over to Housing Works for a light read and chill session at the end of the workday. Luckily, the space is open until 9pm on weekdays, so you can enjoy it morning, noon or night! The greatest part about Housing Works (including the Bookstore Café) is the fact that they donate all proceeds to the fight against AIDS and homelessness. Next time you enjoy a cup of coffee or buy a book, you could be helping to save lives. So take our advice and check out the Housing Works Bookstore Café near your next SoHo meeting rental!
Holding your next corporate event in a non-traditional meeting space may be a serious step in the right direction for you and your team. There are many reasons managers choose to hold training workshops and brainstorming sessions offsite, whether to re-engage the minds of tired employees, or to get to know new coworkers in a neutral and sociable setting. Whatever the case may be, renting space for your company away from the office will boost the energy, focus, and unity of your team. Here are just a few reasons you should use a unique offsite space for your next meeting:
Get to know the people you work with.
Gathering in an offsite location can be a great move for team-building, especially if new employees have been recently integrated into the company. Meeting at an impartial location will lessen feelings of intimidation and shyness among new employees. When everyone is on unfamiliar turf, it causes you to turn to the individuals around you for familiarity, thus sparking a social environment. And the more you get to know your team, the better you will become at working as a group!
Regaining and redirecting focus.
Sometimes stepping away from the space you see every day, the one you associate with work, can actually open your eyes to new problems and solutions that you didn’t see before. A new environment naturally energizes the brain, and helps you consider things from a new angle. Setting up your team in a non-traditional meeting space can be a positive move, especially if you find your employees in a bit of a creative lull. A fresh atmosphere and a step away from the daily corporate routine will allow your employees to view their projects and ideas in a new light!
Up your work mood.
Offsite spaces in New York City are created with the intent to provide a private, inspiring work environment to you and your coworkers. You will find it impossible to be in a bad mood during a workday in one of these spaces, for they are designed specifically for your comfort and use. Taking your team to a non-traditional meeting space is a perfect way to help them find serenity in the corporate life, and really boost the good vibes within your company!
For even more benefits of choosing a meeting space outside the office, check out this great article on LinkedIn!
Hot summer temperatures call for cool, sweet treats to keep you refreshed! Luckily, there are plenty of options for summery snacks and desserts to keep you going through the workday, or to reward yourself at the end of a long meeting. These are some of our favorite spots for when you need a break from your downtown meeting site:
Bubble tea is the ultimate refreshing beverage, perfect for those sweltering summer days. Bubble tea is a milky, Taiwanese iced tea, with “bubbles” of chewy tapioca balls. Boba Guys, a bubble tea chain with locations in San Francisco and New York, is known for its delicious creations and flavors. Their Canal Street location is just around the corner from our creative meeting spaces, less than a five minute walk down Lafayette Street!
M’O Il Gelato.
Being so close to Little Italy means that you’re in the perfect spot for some delicious, authentic Italian gelato. M’O Il Gelato is located just a few blocks from our meeting spaces and provides a refreshing treat for any time of day! With flavors like tiramisu, caffè, and stracciatella, you can’t go wrong with any of their sweet treats. And if gelato’s not your thing, they also have several varieties of sorbet to choose from.
This shop is a dream come true for cookie dough lovers! DŌ‘s cookie dough is entirely safe to eat, and comes in a variety of different tasty flavors! Because all their treats are so delicious, there is typically a line down the block before they even open their doors. But trust us, it’s worth it! Replace your regular go-to ice cream flavor with a yummy cookie dough treat, and you’ll be refreshed in no time! Located by Washington Square Park, this shop is a hop, skip, and a jump over to Greenwich Village. After a long day of working at your downtown meeting site, it’s the perfect place to grab a sweet treat and hang out by the Washington Square Park fountain.
Maybe your next downtown corporate retreat will consist of people you’ve worked with for years. Or perhaps you will find yourself in a training session amongst new coworkers and higher-ups. Whatever your case may be, self-confidence is your key to success in a corporate work environment. We’d like to offer some easy tips you can follow to improve your courage in the office, and assert yourself in a positive way amongst your colleagues:
You’re there for a reason.
If you find that doubting your own abilities is hindering your creative voice in the workplace, simply take a moment to remind yourself of the position you’re in. You have been employed, thus you are qualified. There are reasons you are part of your work team, and your other coworkers are likely aware of them! When you’re faced with a task or problem you don’t know how to solve, there’s no reason to stress. A job, just like school or life, is a constant learning experience. Your boss knows you’re human, and they are, too. With the help of your colleagues and resources, no work assignment should seem unsurpassable!
Present yourself in your best light.
Even if you don’t know how to solve a problem or are stuck on a project, it’s best to present yourself as if you’ve got it all figured out. In other words, fake it ’til you make it. Pretending like you have confidence in your abilities actually leads to real confidence. Instead of saying, “I don’t know how to do this” or, “I’m stuck,” say, “I tried this, this, and this, but I’m still having trouble.” That way, your boss and your coworkers will know that you have been working hard and still need help. A downtown corporate retreat is the perfect time to showcase your best abilities in both a corporate and creative setting.
Don’t be afraid to admit your mistakes.
If you mess up on an important project, it’s better to admit it and identify where you went wrong, instead of trying to cover it up or pretend you didn’t notice. This will allow you to do better next time, and will show your boss and your coworkers that you are brave and confident. It will also open up a collaborative environment and allow your coworkers to help you fix the mistake, thereby improving your workplace relationships. At a downtown corporate retreat, it’s easy to invite your team to weigh in on the problem and brainstorm ways to improve your project. Admitting when you were wrong also instills confidence in your coworkers, boss, or employees that they can come to you when they make a mistake, which will undoubtedly happen eventually.
For more ways to be radiate confidence and your next downtown corporate retreat, check out this article from Inc.!
If you find yourself looking for something to do near your downtown meeting space this fall, head over to The Center for Italian Modern Art! Located on Crosby and Broome Street, just one block from SoHoSoleil’s meeting spaces, CIMA is available to the public for hour-long guided tours that feature the gallery’s impressive collection. The ten dollar entry fee is well-worth the spectacle of works, including some paintings by De Chirico, one of the most notable Surrealist masters. The body of artworks is specifically Italian, making for a uniquely curated collection. It is fascinating to see the many forms that Italian modern art has taken over two centuries, from revival sculpture, to avant-garde expressionism. At CIMA, you will find a diverse array of pieces that will make you reconsider the definition of modern art, and in particular, the modern art of Italian culture. Plus, CIMA is located on the west end of Little Italy, so there are guaranteed delicious eats on every surrounding block. The center is closed for the summer, but it’s never too early to start planning your visit to their fall exhibition of Alberto Savinio’s iconic works! For more information about CIMA, check out their website!
As summer temperatures rise, productivity falls. Showing up to work sweaty, hot, and thirsty is no way to start the day. Research shows that even small raises in temperatures can negatively affect our ability to focus and efficiently complete tasks. Summers in New York City can be especially grueling, when you’re forced to wait ten minutes for a train in a full suit on a hot subway platform. That being said, working in an offsite event space is an effective way to restore motivation and productivity among your employees. Allowing everyone to collaborate in an open, creative space changes up their regular routine and saves them from the monotony of the office. Even just being in a big, air-conditioned space can kickstart productivity because it gives you and your company room to create, brainstorm, and relax in comfort. The stuffiness of the office and the familiar surroundings can be the gateway into letting the summer heat make you unproductive. Next time you feel the heat getting to you, consider switching things up and bringing the office to an offsite event space. For more information on how rising temperatures contribute to lack of productivity, check out this article from Forbes.
If you’re unfamiliar with New York’s different boroughs and neighborhoods, it can be tricky to get to your creative meeting place smoothly and on time. The subway system is notoriously nightmarish this summer, which means that if you’re relying on public transit to get to your meeting, you will definitely need to leave extra time to accommodate any delays or incidents that could affect the subway lines. Unfortunately, it can be even more stressful because Internet connectivity is often a problem in several stations and subways across the city. And if you’re coming from a different country, you could also have problems using the Internet to find your way around, unless you have an international travel plan. In order to avoid potential snags navigating a city as large and complex as New York, check out this helpful article from The New York Times!
Any city photographer should know where to get the best slice near their SoHo photo shoot location. Lunch breaks are crucial to keeping up your energy on set, and pizza never fails to fill you up. Margherita NYC is the perfect spot to enjoy an authentic brick oven pie. Located on the corner of Grand and Mott Street, Margherita NYC offers lovely indoor and outdoor service at a reasonable price. Not only is the restaurant a staple in the SoHo restaurant community, but it also falls in the heart of Little Italy. And who better to team up to make a pizza than Italians and New Yorkers? Our favorite pie on the menu would have to be the classic Margherita – no wonder why they made it the name of the restaurant! The brick oven crust is always cooked to crispy perfection, while the inside stays cheesy and flavorful. Luckily, Margherita NYC is just blocks away from our creative meeting spaces, so when the workday is over you can look forward to dinner in the neighborhood! So take our advice and check out Margherita NYC, a convenient and tasty pizza spot just steps away from your SoHo photo shoot location.
Let’s face it, executive meetings can be daunting. All the big-wigs in your company in one place, making big decisions and big plans. You need to be on your A-game, whether you’re still climbing the corporate ladder or you’re already a top executive. Before your next New York executive meeting, pick up a few simple daily habits that will prepare you for what lies ahead. For example, the most important thing you can do each day is question everything. This means that you need to stop taking what people tell you as fact. Question what you hear from your boss, your employees, the news, social media, and analyze where this information came from. Doing this will prepare you to develop new ideas at your executive meeting, and will help you better make decisions since you know how to interpret the information that comes your way. For more important habits to begin cultivating, check out this article from Inc.
When the whole company gets together for a New York offsite event, it can be easy to get lost in the shuffle. Even working in breakout groups, there are a lot of competing voices and ideas vying for attention at all times. As you probably know, New York is a hub of business and culture, which means that the people you work with here are always “on” and coming up with new, innovative ideas. That’s why it’s important to know how to stand out in a crowd of your peers. Knowing what to do in order to be noticed (in a good way) by the higher-ups is key to advancing your career. One important way to do this is to ooze confidence. Follow the age-old advice: “fake it ’til you make it.” Even if you’re not actually one hundred percent confident in your abilities, pretend that you have no doubt in yourself. Your colleagues, manager, or boss will undoubtedly take note and peg you for someone who knows what they want. For more ways to stand out at your next New York offsite event, check out this article from Inc.