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WGAE Announces It’s Moving Downtown
Dear Writers Guild of America, East Member:
You may recall that in our New Year’s letter we mentioned that we would soon have news to share about an exciting new move for the Guild.
So here it is: the Guild really is moving. Downtown, at the end of June, construction gods willing. Our new address will be 250 Hudson Street, just above Tribeca, between Broome and Dominick.
Why? Several reasons. First, our lease at 555 West 57th was up for renewal, and with the real estate market being what it is, this seemed the perfect time for a change. Commercial rents have dropped and incentives are being offered to new tenants. We decided to take advantage of the opportunity, securing a fifteen-year lease for better space at a cost far below what it would have been just a few years ago. And we have a new landlord eager to work with us.
Also, 250 Hudson is in one of the most dynamic neighborhoods in the city, especially for people in our business. Many of our new neighbors are media and entertainment companies and the area has become fertile ground for digital media and a variety of other start-ups that are so essential to our continued growth. What’s more, our new address is close to mass transit, making access to the office easier than ever.
But perhaps most important, the new office will be designed for your needs as well as those of our hard-working staff. There have been a lot of changes in the union and the business since we first moved into West 57th, and the new space will reflect that. As just one example, our organizing staff is now six strong and they will be able to work for you more collegially and effectively at 250 Hudson than in the old space.
We think you’ll find the offices more open and inviting. We’ll be able to host more events than we have been able to in the past – there’s even a rooftop deck with views of the city that we’ll be able to use for certain special occasions. And there will be a writers’ room – if you’re in the neighborhood, it will be a place where from time to time you can come to work, discuss projects with your colleagues or just take a quick break.
Work already is underway, and once it has been determined, we’ll let you know the official move date. When we’ve settled in, we hope you’ll stop by, have a quick tour, take advantage of what we have to offer and become involved in what we do.
This is your union, and this move is designed to make you more an integral part of it than ever. We look forward to seeing you downtown.
Lowell PetersonExecutive Director