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CoworkingNewYorkCity

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Jelly at House 2.0. Image via Wired Magazine.

Depending on how you measure it, New York City may be home to more coworking spaces than anywhere else in the world. It was recorded as having over 100 spaces in it in 2014, with many more opening and expanding since then. 


History

In a city where space has always come at a premium, New Yorkers have for a long time been finding creative ways to share. In the 1990s, "plug & play" centers gave people a way to get together and share internet connections when connectivity was hard to come by. Early incarnations of the coworking model appeared in the 2000s, as shared workspaces of various kinds experimented with more open and social models.

In March of 2006, Amit Gupta introduced the idea of coworking to NYC. Every other Friday or so, you can meet some of the best and the brightest at Jelly. At the start of October 2006, Noel Hidalgo and Beka Economopoulos opened the first dedicated coworking space in New York, No-Space (formerly called The Change You Want To See). Priced out of Williamsburg, No-Space moved to Greenpoint in 2011, where as of 2018 it it continues to operate as the longest-running coworking space in the world.  

In 2007, Tony Bacigalupo visited Jelly for the first time, meeting Noel and Amit and others, and became enamored with the idea of coworking. He proceeded to get involved in not just Jelly, but another new initiative called Cooper Bricolage. Sanford Dickert, an active organizer in the NY technology scene at the time, found a restaurant called Cafe Fuego, whose owners were open to the idea of hosting workers during the daytime when business was slow. Having negotiated an arrangement with them, Sanford set out to find people to help lead the effort. Tony stepped into the role. 

In September 2007, Cooper Bricolage opened its doors to a grand reception. In the subsequent year and a half, the community would move from Cafe Fuego to Gramstand, which it would call home until it completed its transition to a full-time coworking space, called New York City, in November 2008.

Along the way, more new coworking communities were forming around the city, and existing workspace-sharing businesses were starting to take notice. 

Local Visa & Alliances

New York City does not have a formally organized regional coworking alliance. It is, however, home to a number of Meetup groups and software platforms that help people find spaces. After closing its doors in 2015, New Work City formed a loose alliance with like-minded spaces in New York. 

 

Tools like Deskpass exist giving members access to many coworking spaces throughout New York City

 

  • Deskpass - New York City Coworking & Shared Space Membership 
    • Deskpass offers access to over 30 of the finest Coworking & Shared Workspaces in New York City with a single, affordable monthly membership. Deskpass members can work at the same space up to five times every month or someplace new every day through the use of an easy web app.
    • Try Deskpass for Free for your first month. A great way to try Coworking! 
    • Pricing starts at $49  and the membership is month to month.

 

 

Meetup groups

New York City is home to the headquarters of Meetup.com and a wide variety of coworking-related Meetup groups.

Directories

With such a wide variety of communities in New York, there are unsurprisingly, many ways to connect with them.

Press

As a center of media, New York has been no stranger to press stories about coworking. Among them:

Coworking Spaces in New York

  • Brooklyn Coworking (aka No-Space) | Greenpoint 

  • The Farm Soho 

  • The Yard | Herald Square  
  • Industrious | Manhattan 
  • Spacious | La Sirena 
  • Green Desk | 68 Jay Street 
  • Spacious | Toro  
  • Spark Labs | Bryant Park 
  • CoLab Factory 
  • Work Better | Bryant Park 
  • Quest Workspaces | New York 
  • Blender Workspace 
  • NYC Office Suites | Midtown East Building 
  • The Vaan Group | Workspace Williamsburg 
  • iLoftSpace | West Side 
  • The Yard | Williamsburg 
  • NYC Office Suites | Graybar Building 
  • Kin Spaces 
  • Bar Works | Times Square  
  • The AAWW - a creative, collaborative loft space in an ultra-convenient Manhattan neighborhood. It is newly renovated is perfect for any serious individuals or organizations looking for a home base. There is an access to a kitchen, microwave, two bathrooms, external area cleaning service - and possibly conference or event space rental.
  • AlleyNYC - Located in Midtown Manhattan, AlleyNYC is a coworking space that fosters entrepreneurs, startups and all-around awesome people. We're at 500 7th Avenue on the 17th floor. Come out for a free trial week. 
  • Breather -  Breather is an on-demand network of over 100 beautiful meeting & shared work spaces all over New York City—from the Financial District, to Midtown, to Brooklyn—that can be reserved for any length of time.
  • Brooklyn Creative League - Workspace + community of creative professionals in Park Slope/Gowanus. 1 block from Union St. R-train.  
  • BrooklynWorks@159 - South Slope finally has a great coworking space of its own.  Private office suites, 24/7 access, and tons of amenities, all starting under $500 for your own office!   If you would like to be productive, grow your enterprise and collaborate, then your workspace is here.  We launch in January, 2013.  Join us. (site
  • Carr Workplaces - We offer executive suites and coworking options at incredible locations with top-rate service so you can get to work. Check out our centers at 200 Park Ave, 745 Fifth Street and further out in Westchester. (site)  
  • Coworkrs - Currently has 3 co-working locations in New York City, located in the Financial District, Brooklyn and the Flatiron District. They provide 24/7 access to private and shared office space for startups, entrepreneurs, VC backed businesses, small to mid sized companies and creative freelancers. Have questions give us a call at 212-738-9581 or email join@cowork.rs to get in touch, and they will happily arrange a free tour of our space. Coworkrs offers flexible short-term, month to month membership contract options, which allows startups and growing companies the ability to expand or downsize easily on-site, pay as you go, take advantage of amenities and business support services, and rent affordable private office and shared desk work spaces. 
  • DUMBO Startup Lab - 68 Jay st. #718. Coworking, classes and events for entrepreneurs, freelancers and innovators in the heart of DUMBO - Brooklyn, NY. (Website) (Twitter) (Facebook)
  • The Farm SoHo - 447 Broadway 2nd Floor (917) 722-5027 membership@thefarmsoho.com Join NYC’s most engaged community of designers, developers, social change agents, artists and entrepreneurs that have converged to share ideas, innovate and learn in a collaborative and nurturing environment. Located in the heart of SoHo, the hippest district in Manhattan, close to all the major subway lines (A,C,E,B,D,F,M,N,Q,R,6 & 1) and hottest tech companies such as Squarespace, Meetup.com & Square, The Farm SoHo will wow you and your guests with its rustic charm and inviting environment. Click Here to Book a Tour at our Coworking Space in NYC.
  • Fluent City - 143 Skillman Avenue, off Graham Avenue stop on L train. 347-889-7377. Fluent City is housed in a 5000 square foot space divided into 10 rooms all available for short and long term use. We love coworkers, including freelancers, small businesses, and groups needing space to meet! Access , microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, and more. Email rentspace@fluentcity.com to get started!   
  • Fueled Collective - Located at 568 Broadway in Manhattan's SoHo district, the Fueled Collective is a shared office space that now hosts more than 20 startups that have two to 16-person teams. Housed In the same building with other notable startups such as Foursquare, ZocDoc, and Thrillist, its freshly-renovated space boasts twelve-foot ceilings, themed conference rooms, wide desks and ergonomic chairs, and a flexible layout that encourages innovative spark. The Fueled Collective also has a kitchen with a big sitting area and a ping-pong table. What's even better? It offers a snack bar piled high with snacks and a refrigerator stocked with coconut water and other fizzy drinks. The Collective is owned and managed by mobile app developers Fueled. Wanna be a part of the Fueled Collective? Email collective@fueled.com to get in touch, and they will happily arrange a tour of our space.
  • Grind - 419 Park Ave. South, 2nd Floor, NY, NY. Daily and monthly memberships available at this beautiful, open collaboration space on Park Ave. Apply to become a member on our website, and drop in at one of our monthly speaker events! (website) (blog) (twitter) 
  • No-Space / Brooklyn Coworking -- No-Space (formerly called The Change You Want To See Gallery) opened in 2006 as New York's first dedicated coworking space. It moved venues and is now located at 67 West Street, Suite 304 on the waterfront in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, next door to beautiful Transmitter Park. The space is run by a non-profit organization that works at the intersection of art, activism, and technology. Monthly desks are affordable and the environment supportive and friendly.
  • Post Road Coworking - Post Road is a new coworking space on the DUMBO waterfront in Brooklyn. The views are spectacular, the vibe is relaxed, and the space is perfect for founders, hackers, artists, freelancers, and other creators. We're at 10 Jay Street, Suite 300A, across the street from the Brooklyn Roasting Company. Visit our website (postroadbk.com) or email Bryan (b@bmuir.com) to join us. 
  • Projective Space - Located at 72 Allen Street in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Projective focuses on consumer facing, tech startups. Of course, innovative business to business startups are always welcome! We see Projective Space as a symbiotic community where members have opportunities to connect with others and learn, as well as reciprocate and give something back of their own. Some of Projective Space's in-house companies include Bespoke Post, Zokos, Indiegogo, Rentshare, among many others. You can see a list of these startups at www.projective.co/members
  • The Austin Space - A coworking space located in central Queens, New York. 24/7 access, located at 108-14 72nd Avenue, Forest Hills. A spacious two floor collaborative workspace with a lounge area and a meeting room. 
  • QuickSuites - coworking space located in the heart of Manhattan. Tech innovators, entrepreneurs, creatives and professionals can get a private windowed office, receptionist, support services, and all the amenities that larger companies enjoy.  
  • Space-4-Work - The newest co-working space in Manhattan, fostering a varied and vibrant community of startups and small business owners. A flexible and convenient co-working facility - newest social connectivity platform for tech-preneurs! 214 Sullivan Street, #6B (Greenwich Village)
  • QNS Collective -  premiere coworking space in Queens, New York, located at 36-27 36th St. A collaborative workspace, event and education destination for creatives,  entrepreneurs, and small businesses. Drop in today & get work done. (Website) (Facebook) (Twitter)
  • The Metropolitan Exchange - coworking space for architects, urban planners and designers 
  • Jelly - Coworking in various locations around NYC, including Bryant Park, Williamsburg, and Tribeca. Jellies usually occur every other Friday, and they generally take place in someone's living room. Jelly is always completely free! (Manhattan & Brooklyn)  
  • Con Artist Collective - A Shared Artist Workspace & Gallery, located at 119 Ludlow st. in the Lower East Side. Space for about 100 artists, with an active and thriving art collective.
  • The Productive  -  coworking studio located at 40 West 38th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, dedicated to providing an energetic working environment for entrepreneurs and creative professionals. Open Desks for as little as $130/mo, access to Computer Stations with the editing and design software. http://www.facebook.com/theproductive  
  • In Good Company WorkPlaces - Full-Time & Part-Time office solutions, designed for Women Entrepreneurs and Business Owners. Join us to work, meet & learn! (Flatiron, 23rd & 5th, Manhattan) (twitter)
  • SoTechie Spaces Co-Working Space - 28 W. 39th St, 4th Floor, NY, NY. Midtown Co-Working Space - Full-time, Part-time, Daily Drop-Ins, Telecommuter Specials, Conference Room. (website) (twitter) (facebook) (linkedin)
  • Input Lofts - home to a diverse community with a wide range of talents, skills, and perspectives. Located at 58 East 11th St, 8th Floor, NY,NY.  
  • WeWork, 11 NYC Locations SoHo (3), Midtown, and Meatpacking, Madison Ave, NoMad, Flatiron, Bryant Park, Financial District - 24 hour access, Private offices for 1-20 people, awesome fun and collaborative environment, weekly events. (Website) (Twitter) (Facebook)
  • The Lounge @WeWork - Open desk, open seat policy offering memberships by the Day, Week and Month. Awesome fun and collaborative environment with weekly events. (Website) (Twitter) (Facebook
  • Workhouse NYCNew office community, providing unique creative office space in the heart of Midtown with a Downtown look and feel. Caters to a variety of users and budgets, from Coworking spaces to pre-built, private office suites for 20+ and everything in between. 

 

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