Manhattan might be known for its skyscraper office buildings, but there’s also a huge work from home population — and these co-working spaces are better than any cubicle
The freelance culture is booming in New York City. Plus, more companies are opening up to the idea of a flexible work schedule. So, that means there’s more demand for workspaces. And like everything else in the Big Apple, you have plenty of options when it comes to choosing a co-working site. Whether you want a cool vibe, tons of amenities or don’t want to pay a penny to work on your next great idea, there’s a spot to get the creative and productive juices flowing.
These are the best ones.
#1. HUB Seventeen (114 Fifth Avenue)
This spot on lower Fifth Avenue is truly a hidden gem. Not many people know about it, but those who do love it. The space is located downstairs at the Lululemon Flatiron store and is filled with long tables with outlets, cute phone booths for making calls, and plenty of other fun seating like swings and couches. There’s also a kitchen for you to prep any food you bring, as well as free water. Best of all, it’s entirely free, and no reservations are needed.
#2. The Wing Soho (52 Mercer Street, 5th Floor)
The Instagram-famous co-working site has gained a lot of traction over the past couple of years for its women’s only policy, chic pink decor, healthy bites, and cultural events. And while there will be five spread throughout the city by 2020, one currently stands out among the rest. The SoHo location also has the Little Wing, which is a babysitting service members can use for two or three-hour sessions. It’s open to kids ages six months to six years. They also host classes like art and yoga for your little ones.
#3. Made by We (902 Broadway, Manhattan)
We’ve all heard of WeWork. But it doesn’t always make sense for those who need space occasionally. Enter Made by We. It’s the company’s first on-demand co-working where you simply pay by the minute, and no monthly membership is required. You can reserve your spot at a table, couch, or conference room and take advantage of the in-house Bluestone Lane who will deliver food to your chosen place. They also have conference rooms for rent, locker rooms, and a front-of-house retail spot to browse for cool items.
#4. A/D/O (29 Norman Ave, Brooklyn)
You won’t even realize this former warehouse is a coworking spot. Located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, A/D/O has an onsite restaurant, art installations, and a courtyard. There’s also plenty of after-hours events in the space, and artists and designers have access to professional-grade equipment to work on their projects. Memberships start at $350 a month for a flexible desk.
#5. Freelance Hub (30 John Street, Brooklyn)
Freelancers rejoice! This community space in DUMBO was created by the Freelancers Union, Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, and the Made in NY Media Center by IFP. Together they set up a hub that freelancers can use up to four times per month. What’s more is benefits information, financial management, and legal assistance are all available for free.
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