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Coworking in New York City

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Jelly at House 2.0. Image via Wired Magazine.

With more than 250 coworking spaces in NYC – 2017, Pickspace helps you search, find and book a workspace by hour, day, month or year. Scroll down to see all the coworking spaces in New York.

Top Coworking Spaces in New York City


History

In a city where space has always come at a premium, New Yorkers have for a long time been finding creative ways to share. In the 1990s, "plug & play" centers gave people a way to get together and share internet connections when connectivity was hard to come by. Early incarnations of the coworking model appeared in the 2000s, as shared workspaces of various kinds experimented with more open and social models.

In 2006, Amit Gupta and Luke Crawford started Jelly, which was a simple gathering that happened on a weekly or biweekly basis at their loft apartment in midtown. Around the same time, Noel Hidalgo returned home to New York from San Francisco, having met with the original coworking organizers there and freshly inspired to bring the modern coworking concept to New York. He worked with Beka Economopoulos and others to open New York's first coworking space as part of an activist artist space in Williamsburg called The Change You Want to See.

In 2007, Tony Bacigalupo visited Jelly for the first time, meeting Noel and Amit and others, and became enamored with the idea of coworking. He proceeded to get involved in not just Jelly, but another new initiative called Cooper Bricolage. Sanford Dickert, an active organizer in the NY technology scene at the time, found a restaurant called Cafe Fuego, whose owners were open to the idea of hosting workers during the daytime when business was slow. Having negotiated an arrangement with them, Sanford set out to find people to help lead the effort. Tony stepped into the role. 

In September 2007, Cooper Bricolage opened its doors to a grand reception. In the subsequent year and a half, the community would move from Cafe Fuego to Gramstand, which it would call home until it completed its transition to a full-time coworking space, called New York City, in November 2008.

Along the way, more new coworking communities were forming around the city, and existing workspace-sharing businesses were starting to take notice. 

 

Local alliances 

To date, New York City does not have a formally organized regional coworking alliance. It is, however, home to a number of Meetup groups and software platforms that help people find spaces. After closing its doors in 2015, New Work City formed a loose alliance with like-minded spaces in New York. 

Meetup groups

New York City is home to the headquarters of Meetup.com and a wide variety of coworking-related Meetup groups.

Directories

With such a wide variety of communities in New York, there are unsurprisingly many ways to connect with them.

Press

 

NYC Digital | What’s up with all the coworking space directories?

The number of coworking space directories seems to be growing as fast as coworking itself. Maor Cohen of Pickspace provides us with a quick overview of how the top directories differ. Maor Cohen | March 28, 2017 http://www.digital.nyc/content/maor-cohen

Coworking Manhattan As a center of media, New York has been no stranger to press stories about coworking. Among them:

Spaces

Closed

  • 3rd Ward
  • Makeshift Society 
  • New Work City
  • Nutopia