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Bitcoin Center NYC
Bitcoin Center NYC was founded in 2013 in the financial district of New York City, located 100 feet away from the New York Stock Exchange. The center was the "preeminent bitcoin location in the area" and hosted "countless classes, talks, and a trading floor." The center's trading floor, called "Satoshi Square", featured live, in-person trading of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
In 2015, the center's operating company filed for bankruptcy protection following a dispute with its landlord and in the midst of uncertainty surrounding impending regulation of digital currencies by the New York State Department of Financial Services. Afterwards, the center temporarily relocated to Cleveland Place in Nolita and is currently located at 157 Prince Street.
Before 2014, New York's bitcoin community originally met in Union Square and also in a Whole Foods on the Lower East Side. Nick Spanos founded Bitcoin Center NYC as “the city’s only brick-and-mortar institution dedicated to the further adoption of Bitcoin” and to promote education on cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. In the past, the center has helped bitcoin startups through its access to interested investors, experienced personnel in Bitcoin, and various networking opportunities. The center has also promoted bitcoin through events including Satoshi Square, music festivals, lectures, hackathons, and film screenings. The center is the only premier educational institution dedicated to promoting awareness of competing cryptocurrencies.
Elected officials and political candidates to have visited the center to voice their support for cryptocurrency include former U.S. Congressman Steve Stockman of Texas and Maine State Senator Eric Brakey.