On Friday, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio released the latest designs for the Union Square Tech Hub, a $250 million project that aims to create a central convening point for technology training and networking as the Big Apple tumbles into the increasingly digital future.
As evidenced in the designs released by the mayor s office, 14th street s new tech tower looks like what would happen if you asked Ikea to build a white-collar prison.
According to the mayor s office, the hub—also known as 14th @ Irving its cross streets — will generate 600 good paying jobs, and serve as a new home for Civic Hall that will include a digital job training facility for all New Yorkers.
This massive broken Rubik s cube will be erected in the heart of New York City s Union Square, which in recent years has become home to Best Buy, Whole Foods, Forever 21, and Sephora.
The tech hub will be erected between NYU s Palladium dorm once home to a famous nightclub of the same name and a Trader Joe s. It will take the place of P.C.
Richard & Son, a local family-owned TV and appliance chain that s been in business for over 100 years, which will move into the basement of 14th @ Irving.