This week's is taking a different approach. Rather than taking photos of the outside of a commercial building and asking readers' opinions on what you hope to see there, we'll take it one step further, take a tour, and ask if you want to be here.
David Waltzer is a bankruptcy lawyer who rented a full floor of a beautiful office space at the corner of Franklin and South Broadway over a year ago. At the time, he operated several offices with paralegals and administrative assistants in various NYC locations. But he was moving his family to Sleepy Hollow and had this vision of consolidating his staff and his offices into one location closer to home. “I wanted to walk and ride my bike to work, which is how I want to live.”
The catch was his staff lived near his other offices in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Call Waltzer overgenerous but he offered to pay for everyone to commute to Tarrytown, which at first “they were eager to do.” This soon started "taking a toll," both on his bottom line and on his staffs' energy. “They were just dying.”
So now Waltzer basically works alone in a 3,000 square foot space, complete with men's and women's bathrooms, a full-size kitchen, a waiting room/lobby area, conference room and six small office spaces.
His staff has returned to their own offices, and in true contemporary fashion, and since "having a coworker makes a difference for morale" they communicate by teleconferencing on big television sets. Waltzer gave us a “tour” of his other offices, waving to his staff in Brooklyn and Manhattan on the big screen, and then he showed off the sunny and renovated office space he hopes to share with other companies or independent workers.
Individual spaces can range from a negotiable $500 to $800 (including Internet and utilities), long or short-term, or Waltzer's willing to work out a deal for the whole thing, save for some square footage he needs to save for himself.
And because we wanted to know more about the state of bankruptcy/foreclosure/credit debt in Westchester, all of which Waltzer helps people and businesses recover from, we'll check in with him soon in another article on his day job.
For now, Waltzer would like some company. “It's the nicest space in Tarrytown and I looked all around,” he said, citing the river views, dedicated parking spaces, elevator, skylights, and, of course, good company.
Contact David Waltzer at 973/224-0714 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 65 South Broadway, Top Floor, Tarrytown.