Today more than ever we are witnessing an upsurge in startups driven by the DIY and customization movement. With the tools of creation and production being placed into the hands of consumers through CAD design programs and access to 3D printing, it makes sense that people today demand a higher level of individualism from the experiences and products they buy. As a result, we were not surprised to see the number and variety of shared office spaces in New York blossom the past couple of years.
Co-working spaces are perfect for budding entrepreneurs and businesses, allowing teams to feed off one another’s energies, inspiration, and ideas while offering an abundance of different amenities and low cost perks. Below is a comprehensive list of the best spaces New York City currently has to offer.
Alley NYC: 500 7th Ave., 17th floor, New York, NY 11215
Whether you’re an entrepreneur, programmer, or designer trying to make it in this crazy startup industry, the Alley NYC is a great space for you to cultivate your creations. While yes, it may be located in the tourist trap area of Times Square that almost all New Yorkers try to avoid, this shared working space is renowned for taking people out their comfort zones and pushing them towards real growth by giving them the necessary tools to succeed through mentoring, events, activities and office space.
The Grind: 419 Park Ave South, 2nd fl and (coming soon!) 1412 Broadway, 22nd floor, New York, NY 10018
Established for those free radicals who would rather work in a community than a company, The Grind is a members-only workspace that reinvents the way we do business. Located in Kips Bay and soon to open a new office in Murray Hill, The Grind gives new business professionals the opportunity to sign up for daily or monthly use of its spaces.
We Work Labs: 175 Varick, 4th floor, and 222 Broadway, 20th floor, New York, NY 10007
We Work Labs is the self-proclaimed “best place to grow an early stage technology startup.” Enabling startups with a multitude of connections through mentorships and events, members get surrounded by investors, advisors, service providers, brands, marketing and product professionals, and fellow entrepreneurs to really get their visions off the ground and into the final stages of development and action. In addition to Labs, We Work is striving to become the largest office spaces in the country, with over seven locations in NYC, two in San Francisco, and one in Los Angeles. (We’ve worked out of three of their spaces, and loved them all.)
Fueled Collective: 568 Broadway, New York, NY 10012
With a family of twenty of some of the most exciting startups in New York City, Fueled is not just an office but a true collective. Located next to the likes of Foursquare, ZocDoc and Thrillist, it’s hard not to feed off the energy of successful startups in the area.
Green Spaces: 394 Broadway, 5th floor, New York, NY 10013
Green Spaces is a unique open office shared space and event venue that comprises of 75% social enterprise and 25% cross-disciplinary collaboration. The supportive infrastructure and inviting coworking office space breeds innovation and growth as well as significant advances across various industries.
Projective Space: 447 Broadway, New York, NY 10013
Projective Space is a carefully curated collection of New York based entrepreneurial ventures. United by the key principles of leveraging human potential, design, and collaboration, Projective Space seeks to amass a community that is greater than the sum of its parts in creating disruptive yet advancing innovation.
New Work City: 412 Broadway, New York, NY 10013
New Work City takes the stance that if you are working for yourself that doesn’t mean you have to work by yourself. Encouraging self-employed entrepreneurs to get off the couches and to (heaven forbid) stop talking to the cats, this coworking space plays off group mentality to help keep the creative driven community motivated and accountable for work.
Hive at 55: 55 Broad St., 13th floor, New York, NY 10004
Open to freelancers, entrepreneurs, startups, telecommuters, and small businesses, the Hive at 55 boasts a comfortable but affordable coworking space that adapts to meet your needs. Growth and community are fostered at the space through weekly workshops, seminars, and Meetups.
NeueHouse: 110 East 25th St., New York, NY 10010
Considered to be the Soho House of working spaces, NeueHouse seeks to cultivate ambitious innovators; whether you are the solopreneur or a team of up to ten, private memberships are available. The space breathes new energy into the companies, bringing with it an energy of expansion and dynamic inspiration.
Whether you call it a collective, community, or family, co-working spaces have the ability to draw on the mutual skills of those within and out of your respective industries. Why not consider the possibility of redefining the term ‘office’?
Third Wave Fashion has been your fashion tech think tank since 2011. We publish the first ever printed fashion tech magazine, Third Wave. Follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our newsletter to stay on top of the latest in fashion tech + wearables. Christi Reid is an Editorial Intern for TWF.
Image via Projective Space