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Coworking spaces in NYC have been growing at a torrid pace. These flexible office spaces provide a step-up from working at Starbucks or out of your apartment but are not as committal or involved as leasing a permanent office for multiple years. And increasingly, coworking spaces aren’t just places for your start-up to set up shop with a desk and a legit address (in case you get sick of referring to your apartment as “Suite” to make yourself sound bigger), but now, they frequently also provide educational resources and a vibrant community of fellow entrepreneurs.
While coworking spaces vary, you can generally get an office for a day at a time for around $30, buy a part-time plan, or pay per month. While most of the spaces listed below are in Manhattan and Brooklyn, Sunshine Suites is building a new site in the Bronx in conjunction with the city government, and Loose Cubes is a service that matches entrepreneurs with available office space in many locations.
The growth of coworking spaces is particularly good for NYC where office space is hard to come by and often exorbitantly priced (by startup standards). Coworking spaces allow a startup to find that elusive product-market fit before they’re ready to graduate to normal Manhattan real estate.
So if you’re trying to figure out where to park your startup, here a handy list of 22 coworking spaces in NYC and what they charge as well as a snazzy Google Map below with all their locations.
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160 Varick Street/10 Hudson Square
This is where the ChubbyBrain team resides and was launched by NYU-Poly and the City of New York in July 2009. It also houses NYC ACRE (the New York City Accelerator for a Clean and Renewable Economy). $300/desk for cube space. Offices are more.
36 E 12th St
Coworking space/incubator backed by Polaris Ventures. No fees for companies without funding, six month term, selective admission if you’re interesting to the Polaris team. This is an interesting way for a VC to build relationships with early-stage companies and get a seemingly first-peak at them and build the ever elusive “proprietary dealflow”.
Touted as a “campus,” with lectures and courses available in addition to office space. $500/mo dedicated desk, $300/mo coworking.
55 Broad St, 13th Floor
Partners with the local community as well as technology and media communities such as Pace University, the Freelancers Union, and GuruLoft. Welcoming to students. $300/mo dedicated desk, $25/day.
412 Broadway, 2nd Floor
Moved to its current location in just September of last year. Recently founded the NWC University (NWCU), sponsored by Google and Pearson: classes, workshops, and panels aimed at techies at start-ups. $300/mo flexible desk, $30/day.
Projective Space (formerly Soho Haven)
447 Broadway, 2nd Floor
Home to about 30 start-ups, including Wanderfly. $450-850/mo.
12 Desbrosses St, Bronx; 419 Lafayette St; 349 5th Ave
Three locations in Tribeca, Noho, and the Bronx. Regular events are organized for members, including a bi-weekly networking group and bi-weekly meet-and-greets. $375-525 dedicated workspace, $275/mo co-working.
58 E 11th St
Just opened in May, and built in cooperation with the London Cube. In addition to the class coworking community, members from London will be able to visit the NYC location, and vice versa. $50-600/mo for 5-220 hours of workspace use. Special rate for young entrepreneurs (under 27): $100/mo for 50 hours.
154 Grand St
WeWork Labs just opened its doors on April 1, 2011 and is part of the expanding WeWork community and in fact is located just upstairs of WeWork’s SoHo office. It’s a “pre-incubator” for early stage start-ups: co-founder Matthew Shampine describes it as “a feeder for things like Dogpatch Labs.” $250/month dedicated desk.
300 Graham Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Members are actively encouraged to work together on projects. Also includes several design amenities (such as high-quality printing). Starts at $385/mo, $150/wk, $35/day.
540 President St, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn
A community of writers, entrepreneurs, filmmakers, architects, marketing gurus, journalists, web developers, bloggers, communications professionals, illustrators, and designers. Both professional development and social events. $495/mo full-time, $225/mo part-time.
The Change You Want To See Gallery, 84 Havemeyer Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
A more informal coworking environment; situated in a loft-style gallery. $200/mo full-time, $150/mo part-time.
240 N Henry St, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Perks include disoounts on Zipcar, Moxie Bookkeeping, and legal work with Franqui Law Group, among others. Greenpoint Coworking is also part of the CoWorking Visa program, which allows free access to 200 other coworking spaces worldwide. $350/mo dedicated desk, $25/day.