Coworking Spaces For Every Creative Type
Coworking space (noun) – Membership-based workspaces where diverse groups of freelancers, remote workers, and other independent professionals work together in a shared, communal setting. ~ Harvard Business Review
No matter what professional field you’re in, coworking spaces can be an oasis from your regular workplace or work routine. These spaces fuel a sense of community and collaboration as you sit amongst individuals working for a range of companies, non-profits, and startups—an experience you won’t find at your local coffee shop. Not to mention many coworking spaces host networking and social events, as well as workshops. So whether you’re a freelancer, entrepreneur, creative, or just looking to hit a deadline—there is a coworking space for you. We’ve compiled a list of spots around New York that are sure to get your creative juices flowing.
*Note: While we broke them up into categories, each space can be used by anyone – so start exploring!
For digital designers + storytellers:
This coworking space is, “designed to support and connect the next generation of media and tech entrepreneurs, innovators and artists with industry resources, events, mentorship, and educational opportunities.” The 20,000 square-foot space in Dumbo, Brooklyn has workspaces, classrooms, and exhibition venues. Hosting events and classes in VR, filmmaking, marketing, and more, Made in NY is, “a new kind of co-working space and exhibition venue designed to connect and incubate the next generation of artists and creators.”
For the lifestyle + wellness types:
In the Financial District, Primary is a coworking space and ‘health center’ combined. The simple, sleek aesthetic, filled with greenery and flowers, has a tranquil-vibe that is sure to keep you focused. Not only will you find a juice and granola bar, but the space offers yoga, meditation, bootcamp, and cardio classes weekly. If wellness and productivity go hand-in-hand for you, this space is your new best friend.
For fashion, media, and film types:
This “home for the creative and the curious” is a luxurious Madison Square space with an upscale feel (and higher price tag). With an event space, library, and restaurant, this 5 floor building has plenty of room for working, and hosts year-round cultural programs, music events and dinners. NeueHouse caters to, “the modern day media, fashion, and design leaders.”
For the avid collaborator:
In Bushwick, Brooklyn, Bat Haus is a workspace where, “members share resources, share space, and share respect.” This coworking space offers no single offices and instead has long tables and open space (including a backyard), emphasizing a collaborative environment—networking encouraged. However, make sure to get your work done by 7pm–the office turns into an event space in the evenings.
For the ladies:
This coworking and community space brings together women of all different passions. Located in the Ladies Mile Historic District, The Wing has an airy, light aesthetic. Not only does the space have work areas and meeting rooms but also, “a phone booth, an extensive all-female library, a cafe with food, wine & cocktails made by women, a beauty room, showers, and a lactation room.” Requiring an annual commitment, this workspace is catered to a community of women dedicated to collaboration and fostering new ideas.
For all entrepreneurs, creators, freelancers and thinkers:
This 9,000 square-foot space has both communal areas and individual offices. The space is used by everyone from freelancers, entrepreneurs, students, and more. As the name implies, the loft finds its home in Bushwick, Brooklyn—a conscious decision, “we put down roots in this town because it’s full of independent creatives and professionals of all stripes.” Brooklyn Desks hosts events (mixers, seminars, parties), has an outdoor terrace, and a relaxation room where you’ll find ping-pong, foosball, and TVs.
With well over 20 locations around New York and locations worldwide, WeWork offers, “workspace, community, and services for a global network of creators.” Glass walls separate private offices to provide privacy while still maintaining an openness and transparency. The WeWork community is vast, with social and professional events happening frequently, including office hours with industry professionals and networking happy hours.
Situated in a thriving arts community in Long Island City, Spaces has, “cultivated a community of members who are thinkers, achievers, and imagineers.” Originating in Amsterdam, the modern, well-designed, 17,500 square foot space is Spaces’ first U.S. location. Private offices, dedicated desks, meetings rooms, communal work spaces, and memberships are all offered at Spaces NYC.
This Brooklyn-based coworking space—operating out of a historic factory building—is designed quite literally for creatives. It is, “the work home to 35 creatives–designers, filmmakers, writers, illustrators, developers, photographers, and people doing generally awesome (creative) work.” In addition to housing 30 work stations, the space has a lounge area, kitchen, conference room, and two phone booths. Becoming a full-time member gives you a dedicated desk, and being a ‘floater’ lets you bring your own laptop and work, without having a devoted spot.
So whether you’re looking to change up your workspace, interested in a communal work area amongst like-minded individuals, or just enjoy happy hours, coworking spaces are a great way to expand your network and meet creatives of all types. You may even find your next collab partner!
Written by Leora Zauderer for Open Campus.