As we enter the week during which many people make New Year's resolutions to start businesses, I thought I would share a list of some of the coworking spaces I know of in New York which serve as the first homes of many startups. This list is not in any particular order, and is by no means comprehensive - there are obviously numerous competing facilities in the city, many of which I have not been in - but it does provide variety, and should provide a good starting point for those searching for shared space. Each of these spaces and chains offers a unique atmosphere - some may be better fits for your new venture than others. Of course, you should perform a proper due diligence analysis of any facility before signing up - some important factors to look into are discussed in the article, Thinking of Coworking? Be Sure to Check These 8 Things First.
WeWork, which has locations in many cities in the United States and overseas, has nearly 50 coworking facilities in New York alone. Besides offering great, modern coworking space, WeWork offers its renters a community experience; numerous events are hosted in its facilities, and rentals start at as low as $220 a month. For those interested in improving their technical skills, WeWork also owns the Flatiron coding school.
Cubico is a creative space located in the heart of Soho, and allows both renters and non-renters to utilize its facility (which includes both indoor space, a courtyard, a rooftop, and a bar-and-video equipped basement) for a variety of events.
The Yard offers ten coworking environments in New York - and spaces in Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington that New York renters can use when traveling. It has been operating in the Big Apple since 2011, and offers a unique feel in each facility that mirrors the neighborhood in which it is located.
Ignitia Office is a gorgeous, large space that occupies a historic building in Brooklyn (the building even served at one point as a Studebaker service station) that underwent a complete, multi-million-dollar overhaul before it opened. It offers a sleek looking design and ambience, which, at least to me, seem unmatched by most other competing spaces.
The Farm Soho
Located in the trendy Soho neighborhood, The Farm Soho offers a unique rustic like feel that certainly stands out in "the concrete jungle." This facility focuses its marketing primarily towards freelancers whose businesses allow them to work from anywhere, but, of course, anyone who prefers a rural-like ambience and wants to work in the Soho area should give this facility serious consideration.
Regus has been offering coworking space since before "coworking" was even a word, and sports many dozens of locations in New York City. In addition to offering coworking space, Regus offers a "lounge only" subscription that allows businesspeople to utilize the business lounge in any of its facilities - which include over 3,000 locations in over 120 countries around the world. This is great program not only for frequent travelers, but also for locals who need to work in between meetings that are in areas of the city not near their own offices. (You will find me in various Regus facilities in NYC dozens of times per year.)
Private clubs and accelerators
Of course, New York City is home to many startups located at accelerators (I will do a piece on accelerators in 2018), and to private clubs of all sorts. Many universities, for example, have alumni clubs in New York City, and the number of local accelerators has risen dramatically over the last few years.
Farewell to some sites
Sadly, 2017 also brought the failure of some interesting coworking sites - perhaps most notoriously, we saw the the implosion of Barworks, the dual location combined bar and workspace (at which I shot several cybersecurity-related videos).
To all who are planning their new businesses this week - Good Luck.
And to all, Happy Holidays!