New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world. Skyscrapers, commuters, the towering Empire State building, Central Park, and Broadway; it's no small wonder the city is attracting a new breed of highly creative workers that prefer sharing their workspaces with one another instead of bland business centers. Coworking can save money too. A-grade office real estate in New York rents for $93.65 per square foot.
So whether you want a coworking spot where you can network and find collaborators, a creative hub where you can share tools and studio space, or just a desk away from home for a few days every week, we have you covered with our list of inspiring coworking spots in the Big Apple.
1. Camp David
Source: Camp David
Camp David is a megaspace located on 36th Street in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. This restored industrial complex is mere steps away from the D/N/R trains and the Brooklyn Waterfront. You can enjoy inspiring views of the East River, lower Manhattan skyline, and the Statue of Liberty.
The interior is slick and stylish, with amenities to meet your every need and mid-century modern design touches like Jean Prouvé chairs, Greta Grossman desk lamps, and Heath Ceramics tableware in the café and coffee bar. You can choose between monthly or daily plans, a private office, assigned desk, or floating desk. It's not cheap though. Membership starts at $300 per month or $1500 per year for access to the work lounge, but once you are there, you won't want to leave.
2. Regus Madison Square Gardens
Source: Regus in 5 Penn Plaza
You'd be hard-pressed to find a coworking spot in a better location than Regus Madison Square Garden. Situated directly opposite Penn Station, this space offers large floor-to-ceiling windows, natural light, and unbeatable views over the Manhattan skyline. The next-door entertainment complex is home of the New York Rangers and Knicks, so you can easily enjoy some after-work entertainment to unwind.
Coworking starts at $679 per person per month, and meeting rooms can be rented from $85 per hour. There are also options to hire an office at $715 per person or to have your virtual office run by Regus from only $149 per month.
3. The Farm SoHo
Source: The Farm SoHo
There are many venues that claim they bring the charm of a rustic farmhouse to the city, but The Farm SoHo has really done it. The founders fell in love with a 100-year-old barn in Southern Missouri, reclaimed the wood, and transported it to New York City, piece by piece. They assembled The Farm themselves, by hand, to create an affordable coworking space for stressed New Yorkers.
The company has partnered with Amazon Web Services, Citi Bike, and Digital Ocean to offer members many unique rewards. There are phone booths, a rooftop space to enjoy, meditation and sleep pods, unlimited black and white printing, mail handling, and 24/7 access for the night owls that need to finish a big project. You can also bring your dog to work! Membership options are highly flexible. You can purchase a day pass for $29, a week pass for $120, or rent a designated desk month-to-month for just $399.
Source: Workville in Manhattan
This boutique coworking space is located just a few steps away from Times Square. As a members-only community, Workville offers plenty of perks for your monthly spend, including ergonomic furniture, an on-site cafe, outdoor terraces, a rooftop lounge, and, of course, a 24/7 doorman. You can rent an individual dedicated seat or open desk for $500 a month, but you can also get a day pass for just $49. There are also several move-in ready offices if you are looking for something a little more permanent.
5. NeueHouse, Madison Square
NeueHouse is located in the heart of the iconic Flatiron District, in the former Tepper Galleries building. Designed by the Rockwell Group, you'd be forgiven if you mistook its stylish interiors for a swanky restaurant. There are flexible layouts, regular cultural programming, and all of the amenities you'll need day to day, including private studios, broadcast and podcast facilities, conference rooms, screening rooms, phone booths, and wellness rooms.
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6. Primary, Financial District
If wellness is high on your agenda, you can enjoy yoga, meditation, and boot camp classes at Primary. Primary is housed in a greenery-filled coworking space in the Standard Oil building. Inside, the decor is flexible and sophisticated, with numerous areas set aside for work and relaxation, including the striking Forest Room, communal lounge, and many business amenities.
The “Glow” membership starts at $400 per month, but the monthly cost drops to $300 if you sign up for a three-month period. You can enjoy 24/7 access, unlimited studio classes, concierge services, conference rooms, and unlimited printing and scanning for your fee.
7. The Yard
Source: The Yard, Lincoln Square
If you are a freelancer desperately in need of coworking spaces on the Upper West Side, The Yard in Lincoln Square is a perfect hub to base yourself from. Just one block from Lincoln Center and mere minutes from Central Park, The Yard features two floors of private and shared workspaces, spacious conference rooms, and lounges that are tastefully decorated and ready for you to use.
Open coworking memberships start at $425 per month, but there are private offices available for rent as well. Your membership gives you access to amenities like an art gallery, bike storage, neighborhood discounts, unlimited coffee, The Yard Network, and secure storage. Oh, and you can bring your dog to work! Nice, right?
8. Spaces Flatiron
Source: Spaces Flatiron
Spaces Flatiron describes itself as a “coworking haven,” and by all accounts, they live up to that promise. Spaces offers a welcoming office environment in the Lower East Side, with attractive meeting rooms, lounges, and dedicated desk spaces where freelancers can knuckle down for the day. The neighborhood is unbeatable, with boutique shops and gourmet restaurants all-around.
Coworking memberships start at $255 per month, $109 for 5-day access within a month, or $159 for 10-day access. Members can access any Spaces with their membership.
9. The Quad
Source: The Quad Jefferson Exchange
The Quad at Jefferson Exchange offers individual offices and collaboration space for freelancers and small teams. This three-story building comprises 172,000 square feet at South Jefferson Road, Whippany, with 13 fully furnished offices available for lease. The inside has been decorated with stylish steelcase furniture and bright colors to keep you energized.
There's a state-of-the-art business lounge, training and conference room, barista-staffed coffee bar, media center, telephone and data ports, printing and copying services, and even a game room and massage room so you can relax after work or during lunch. There are many unique perks to this space as well, including an on-site bike share program and fully-stocked art room and art classes.
10. WeWork Gotham Center
Source: Gotham Center
WeWork Gotham Center is located right on the edge of Queens Boulevard and Long Island City. Eleven floors are dedicated exclusively to WeWork, with private offices, lounges, and ample conference rooms to enjoy. The E, M, R, 7, N, W, and G trains are located nearby, along with buses and ample parking at Queens Plaza within walking distance. There are plenty of activities to enjoy after work, including rock climbing at Brooklyn Boulders and art exhibitions at the many galleries in the area.
11. Cubico Coworking Space in NYC
Source: Cubico Coworking Space
Cubico is a creative coworking space located at 433 Broadway in Soho. There are collaborative and event spaces, a courtyard, rooftop patio, and even a cellar to enjoy. All of the amenities you'll need come included with your membership, including a notary, printing, phone booths, and more. Hot desking is available from $199 per month, while a day pass costs a mere $20 per day, and a dedicated desk comes at a price of $500.
12. Regus 1177 Avenue of the Americas
Regus 1177 Avenue of the Americas perfectly positions you to work with some of New York's biggest brands. Feel at home in the Americas Tower, one of New York's tallest buildings. There's a polished granite exterior and a 60-foot-high lobby to make you feel like you've truly “made it.” The top-floor conference suite has some of the best views in the city when you really need to impress your clients, and you can celebrate your biggest wins at Tony's Di Napoli or Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse when you are done for the day. Coworking memberships start at $679 per person per month.
13. Greendesk Brooklyn
Source: Greendesk in downtown Brooklyn
Greendesk is located below DUMBO, next to Brooklyn Heights in one of the top three largest central business districts in New York City. One block away from Fort Greene Park, this area is home to some of the biggest names in business as well as plenty of convenience stores, restaurants, and museums.
Hot Desking starts at just $29 per day, or $199 per month, and you can rent a conference room for just $40 an hour for those all-important client meetings. You can enjoy perks like fruit-infused water, fair trade coffee, 24/7 access, and printing and scanning services.
14. Bat Haus
Source: Bat Haus
Bat Haus in Bushwick has literally become Instagram famous. When a former member posted this iconic image on social media, it became a stock photo shared by news outlets (and even other coworking spaces). Bat Haus offers 2,000 square feet of open space, a backyard, and many legendary networking events. Members can use the space as a rental for baby showers, film fests, or concerts over the weekend.
A day pass costs $25 for 10 hours of access, and if you become a member at the end of your day, you get the day free! There's also a weekly social hour on Thursdays with drinks and snacks included.
15. Serendipity Labs Financial District
Serendipity Labs offers a flexible coworking space in Downtown New York. There are private offices, team rooms, suites, coworking, virtual office plans, and a variety of meeting rooms. On-site hospitality staff and enterprise-grade Wi-Fi will ensure everything goes well. After work, be inspired by the outdoor plaza with rotating art displays and public eventing.
You can get to work via six subway lines or the World Trade Center transit hub, while within walking distance to Wall Street, NYSE, and the Federal Reserve Bank. For shopping, you can walk to Fulton Center. Dedicated desks start from $599 per month.
16. Spaces Meatpacking District
Source: Spaces Meatpacking District
Manhattan's Meatpacking District is one of the trendiest spots in New York City, and Spaces can offer you a desk right in the heart of it. This renovated 1920's building offers a home away from home for creatives and professionals, with inspiring private office and coworking spaces. With a Spaces membership, you can access this location or any of the 3,000 Spaces venues worldwide. Monthly membership starts at $255, but you can also purchase a 5-day or 10-day pass.
17. WeWork 8 W 126th St
Source: WeWork in Harlem
WeWork 8 W 126th St is a slick coworking space right in the middle of Harlem's commercial hub, just blocks away from the 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 trains and the Harlem-125th Street Station for the Metro-North commuter rail lines.
Enjoy comforting meals at Sylvia's, shop along 125th Street, or enjoy mingling with the community in one of the many attractive shared lounges. The decor was inspired by the Harlem Renaissance with spaces like The Stoop, a wooden elevated seating area with nooks that feels like a basketball court or a stage. Natural warm wood finishes, vintage art, and eclectic furniture make this a great space to work.
18. Launchpad Huntington
Source: Launchpad in Huntington Village
Launchpad is located in Huntington Village, Long Island, within walking distance of restaurants, bars, dry cleaners, shops, and more. There are conference and meeting rooms, Verizon FiOS Wi-Fi and TV so you can hook up your own VoIP phone, a kitchen and recreation area, and access to Launchpad events where you can meet and greet angel investors and mentors. The only downside is that your business has to have a tech angle, but you can call Launchpad to find out if you qualify. There are month-to-month, 3-month, 6-month, and 12-month memberships up for grabs. Flexi Desks start at $229 a month, and a dedicated desk comes with a $349 price tag.
19. Spaces Chrysler Building
Source: Spaces Chrysler Building
What could be cooler than working at New York's most famous address, the Chrysler Building? With an Art Deco lobby, exclusive elevator, and designer offices, you'll step into luxury from the minute the doors open. Spaces takes up four floors of this iconic skyscraper, and you can take a seat for just $255 per month.
Source: Nomadworks 1216 Broadway
Nomadworks owns a massive workspace at 1216 Broadway, just a stone's throw from the Empire State building on the northern side of the Nomad district. The site is the coworking spot of choice with members that include single freelancers to huge teams of up to sixty. It's close to every major train line and many restaurants, bars, and hotels.
You can buy a multi-pass for just $19 per day to gain access to phone booths, coffee, and Manhattan views. You can also buy rooftop access or rent a five-person podcast studio containing all of the equipment you need to create your recording. Meeting rooms are rented at $30 an hour.
21. Based In
Source: Based In
Based In is situated in Chinatown/Bowery, just five minutes walking distance from Tribeca, SoHo, Nolita, and LES. The company says its vision is to “build a world where every day is about creating the unimaginable,” and they have indeed attracted some of the best creative freelancers and companies to their space since their 2015 launch. The location is conveniently located near a Citi Bike station and the subway. A dedicated desk membership with shelving, storage, lounge, and café access costs $550.
22. The Commons
Source: The Commons
The Commons is a friendly and affordable coworking space on the Upper East Side. They offer therapy offices and meeting rooms for rent, in addition to hot desking and private office rental. There's plenty of La Colombe coffee and Serendipitea to enjoy at the many coworking tables in the plant-lined mezzanine, with quiet phone booths, a café, kitchens, and a lounge.
Membership starts at $395 or $195 for part-time coworking. You can also rent the space for nights and weekends only at $195 per month, or purchase a day pass for $39.
Kinspaces offers virtual offices and private desks in its 3000 square foot office space in Soho. We love the wide desks, ergonomic chairs, and kitchen with its white quartz countertops. Amenities include 24/7 access, high-speed internet, a conference room, phone booths, mail and package handling, printing and scanning, and snacks.
24. WeWork 1460 Broadway
Source: WeWork 1460 Broadway
WeWork at 1460 Broadway occupies 13 full floors in Time Square, just steps away from the Theater District on the corner of 41st Street. It's within walking distance to all the major subway lines as well as the shuttle to Grand Central, and just one block from the iconic Bryant Park.
The interior is filled with eye-catching art, slick wallpaper, neon signs, and more. The community bar offers coffee and fruit water, and it has a custom marquee movie sign that is perfect for Instagram. There's also a wrap-around roof terrace overlooking Time Square. Bring your laptop (and your dog) and take in the sights.
Why Should You Work in Coworking Spaces?
Coworking spaces come jam-packed with benefits. For one, when you're working from home, there's no shortage of distractions that can pull your attention away at any given moment. But in a coworking space, you'll be surrounded by ambitious colleagues who are dialed into their work, and that can be inspiring in itself.
There's also plenty of amenities. High-speed internet can oftentimes be faster than what's available at home. There's event space to network with other freelancers, nice dining options, private studios to host podcast recordings, a private office (if you need the extra silence), and more, depending on the coworking space you choose.
Coworking spaces are a great way to break through the social isolation that can come with being a freelancer. It's an opportunity to see some friendly faces from people who are in the same position as you. It also helps with establishing a clear boundary between work hours and personal hours.
Choosing the right coworking space as a freelancer is about more than finding a space to plug in your laptop. You need to feel inspired by the space and the people around you. Coworking companies can provide classes, mentorship, and opportunities for networking that you wouldn't be able to access otherwise.
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