As you may know, we’ve been on the hunt for a new Manhattan Mediation Center for what seems an eternity. Having burned up beaucoup shoe leather hoofing it all over Manhattan with a bevy of brokers, we’ve just signed the lease on a great space.
Where are we gonna be? 111 John Street, 6th Floor. It’s located ever so close to many subway lines, via the Fulton Street stop. It’s a dignified, respectful space that will provide clients, mediators and staff with an environment conducive to building peace. 111 John is a 27-floor, art deco gem, built in 1929. It has shiny, shiny doors. The best part: we won’t be hamstrung by the hours of operation in our current building, which is closed to clients during lunch and after 4pm. We’ll be able to serve more people, when they’re available and need us most.
It’s also a swell hood — lots of places to browse and eat and stroll. Lemme tell you, we’ve looked at a pretty broad spectrum of spaces. There was the deluxe pad with great skyline views, but well beyond our modest non-profit budget. There was the super cheap place in which a hobo and (we think) a dog were secretly living. As it often works with NYC real estate, the right place materializes at the last possible moment.
Now it’s time for the myriad moving minutia of packing, painting, a few minor renovations, tech set-up, etc. We hope to be in situ by mid-November, and our goal is to not miss a beat with our clients. We’ll likely move in around the time of our November 14th PeaceRaiser…which will be a great opportunity for you to learn more about us, network, and help us pay the rent. Of course, we’ll also have a housewarming party once we’re settled in…stay tuned.
To our board, our funders, our staff, our mediators, our friends and families — thank you ever so much for your leadership, patience and support during this wild ride.
Yours in solidarity,
CEO, New York Peace Institute