WeWork Parts Ways with Sean Black, Turns Out Hating on Jersey City is Uncool

2
sean black wework jersey city
Sean Black (on left) | Credit: CoreNet Global NYC

Following his less-than-flattering comments about Jersey City last week, Sean Black and WeWork have parted ways, according to The Real Deal.

It’s unclear whether Black resigned, was let go, or if the comments played a role in the departure. Both Black and WeWork declined to comment. Based on the timeline it’s more than likely related to his negative Jersey City comments.

To recap, according to Real Estate Weekly:

Sean Black, an executive vice president at WeWork, told attendees at a CoreNet panel at the Grand Hyatt in Midtown that his firm is looking closely at Bushwick to open its next outpost, because, unlike Jersey City, it’s “cool.”

“Brooklyn has really emerged as this epicenter of where people want to be,” said Black. “If you look at Jersey City, it’s so far ahead relative to a lot of different product it has, but it doesn’t have life, it doesn’t have vibrancy, it’s not cool, it’s got no vibe.”

Maybe Black wasn’t paying attention a decade ago but Brooklyn wasn’t always cool. Brokers then would have laughed at the mere thought of Bushwick ever being cool. Yet 10 years later, Brooklyn is the epicenter of all that is cool. Let’s see what another 10 years brings.

As for now, it appears WeWork has sided with Jersey City on the cool question.

--

Have something to add to this story? Email [email protected].

Click here to sign up for Jersey Dig's free emails and news alerts. Stay up-to-date by following Jersey Digs on Twitter and Instagram, and liking us on Facebook.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I agree with Sean Black. The downtown area is nice and quiet, but not a cool place to live. And the rest of JC has a long way to go.

  2. Who cares if it’s cool? HIPSTERS! Plus rich trendy wannabees… Who needs them? You should have a section: if you move to JC, chill and adapt, don’t force your attitude on us.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here