New York City is one of the world’s most expensive and largest coworking office markets, with 1.45 million square feet of new office space delivered in the first half of 2018 in Manhattan alone. As the competition intensifies, coworking companies are looking for new ways to market their services, targeting specific professional groups, genders or communities.
Sometimes, it takes more than material advantages to convince people to join your coworking community. Trying to stand out means flexible workspace owners need to think about more than just a hip office design in a revamped warehouse. Increasingly, efforts are made to attract discerning workers through high-end services, vibrant social events, and many perks, benefits and discounts. Since long-term leases are not an option for holding on to coworking tenants, it makes sense for businesses to try and establish a bond with their clients through a set of shared values, ranging from sustainability and energy-efficiency, to a community-oriented business outlook or creating a more welcoming space for a diverse work force.
We’ve gathered a list of 40 amazing and diverse coworking hubs in New York City. Our entries include venues in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens. Continue reading to decide which option best fits your growing business:
A/D/O is a former 23,000-square-foot warehouse in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood, converted into a creative exchange featuring coworking offices and an exhibition venue for artists and designers. The venue has a fabrication lab, equipped with a laser cutter, 3D printers, a Risograph printer, a large-scale plotter, a CNC milling setup, and a set of woodworking and fine finishing tools, as well as plenty of space for project storage. Proud of your work? The Shop at A/D/O promotes international as well as local talent, providing them with a space to showcase their work. Some coworking hubs might have free snacks and fruit, but at this Brooklyn office space you can enjoy healthy meals with locally-sourced ingredients throughout the day. Located at 29 Norman Avenue, A/D/O hosts several seminars dealing with the intersection of social issues and the design process, as well as research programs and networking events for production partners, mentors and collaborators.
Brooklyn Creative League
The Brooklyn Creative League is a Gowanus office space is a socially-minded, sustainable workspace which supports the local art scene. The company, located at 540 President Street, was founded in 2009 as one of the very first coworking offices in the U.S. It allocates 5% of its profit to different causes and charities and encourages its members to practice “community capitalism,” an environmental-friendly, community-minded business model, and . Members enjoy discounts and perks from the likes of TriNet, Zipcar, JW Photography, Brooklyn Nets and One Medical Group. Share your ideas and connect with professionals and artists during their weekly potluck or other BCL art receptions, or professional events. And should you find it all a bit too distracting, you can always retreat to a soundproof room or booth to give full attention to your project.
Imagine kickstarting your work day with a delicious New York bagel, delighting in the stunning view of the Empire State Building right from your office window. Now you can do just that at Grind’s NoMad office space, located at 1216 Broadway, a few blocks south of Herald Square. The company currently has three-floors of coworking space, private offices and conference rooms in the building and their event venue, also known as the Show Tank, is bookable for lectures and coding courses. Grind is serious about creating a welcoming work environment for women. Its premises include private spaces for breastfeeding mothers and there is a monthly Female Founders breakfast for women entrepreneurs to share their experiences and offer mentorship and support.
Are you looking for a place to meet the brightest minds in science, art, music, fashion and business? Want to rub shoulders with the hottest talent in the food and wellness industry? Head on down to NeueHouse’s Midtown Manhattan office space and get your dedicated desk for $1,500 a month or a private office starting from $4,500 a month. These membership option also allow you and your team to bring your pet along, for an extra $100 a month, per person. If you enjoy a more communal work experience, you can pick the Gallery membership for $900 a month, which grants you access to the hub’s coworking area, conference rooms and social events and spaces. Worried about getting distracted? NeueHouse hands out custom noise-cancelling headphones and has a special membership option for the night owl creative, allowing use of their coworking offices and conference rooms after 5 pm and on weekends. Members also have access to in-house production services and an art exhibition programming.
The guys at Joynture believe that there is no better place to meet venture capitalists and other potential investors than in the heart of the Financial District. Located at 48 Wall St, this Downtown Manhattan office has the makings of a techie dream, with hackathons, pitch nights, classic board game sessions and happy hours aplenty. Members can get help from EWS, the company’s in-house technical consulting firm, offering up to 10 hours of free development services on a plethora of topics, including mobile development, responsive web design, business process optimization and data warehousing. Joynture also welcomes students and writers looking for a quiet place to study and a change of scenery to get those creative juices flowing.
Why not work at ‘the most uniquely designed workspace in NYC?’ The company went searching for the perfect age-weathered barn in the farmlands of southern Missouri, brought it back and assembled it piece-by-piece to form an amazing SoHo office space, with modular oak-barn wood furniture and farmland fixtures from the Midwest. This hand-built workspace at 447 Broadway offers a spacious facility for entrepreneurs and creatives, with great natural light, proximity to all major subway lines and plenty of snacks, tea and coffee to keep you going through your workday. Finally, you can’t have a farm without furry friends, so feel free to bring your four-legged buddy along and enjoy a good day’s work at this pet-friendly slice of Americana.
Bronx Coworking Space
This coworking office in Bronx is just 15 minutes from Midtown Manhattan and welcomes freelancers, small businesses, entrepreneurs and startups looking to pull their resources together and grow their business. Hop on the number 2 or number 5 train to 2825 Third Avenue and visit Bronx Coworking Space. The office is situated in New York City’s greenest borough and merely a short walk away from trendy bars and restaurants, although we recommend saving room for their monthly rooftop BBQ included in the membership package. And they really know how to kick-off the work week, with a shared Monday breakfast, followed by an invigorating Pilates session.
The Austin Space
The Austin Space is a two-floor coworking office in Queens, two blocks down from the Long Island Rail Road and one block from the E, F, M and R trains. The venue hosts the Queens Tech Academy, a series of courses that aim to help people who want to learn how to code without quitting their day job. Take a tour of this collaborative space and get a feel of the environment with the $25-day pass. Not ready to commit to a full-time membership? The company offers a great variety of options to fit your (co)working needs, from late afternoons and nights to using the offices and conference rooms only a few days a month for client meetings and presentations.