The 5 Best NYC Neighborhoods for Your Co-working Space
Co-working spaces offer companies of any size a vibrant and dynamic workplace. Here are the 5 best NYC neighborhoods for your next co-working space.
Outgrown the endless drip of free WiFi from your local coffee shop? Tired of the MTA ruining your midtown commute? Cringe at the thought of working in a bland office space? Co-working spaces offer companies of any size a vibrant and dynamic workplace with officemates who may just be the next Uber or Instagram.
And since New Yorkers are never starved for choice (WeWork alone has 52 spaces spread throughout the city) why not start with the 5 best NYC neighborhoods for your next co-working space.
There’s possibly no other neighborhood in NYC that can match SoHo’s charm, accessibility and energy. It’s home to some of the best restaurants, coffee shops and shopping the city has to offer, and there’s a metropolitan cool factor to the neighborhood that simply makes you want to belong.
WeWork opened their very first NYC location in SoHo, in an old tenement building on Grand Street. The designers of the space’s 6 floors took care to align the space with the vibe of the neighborhood—with exposed brick, towering columns, huge windows and bursts of color throughout.
With 6 subways lines passing through, the neighborhood is easily accessible no matter where you’re coming from. And when you’re stressed at the office, what’s better than taking a stroll through SoHo’s cobblestone streets and stopping off for a little retail therapy on Prince Street or popping into a gallery on Crosby Street to get those creative juices flowing.
2. Brooklyn Navy Yard
Brooklyn has the advantage of cheaper rent (for the time being) than Manhattan for possibly more allure. If you’re looking to have your next office space in Brooklyn, WeWork has 5 different locations in the northern section of the borough, spread from Williamsburg to Brooklyn Heights.
All of the locations are trendy, vibrant and are meticulously decorated, creating dynamic environments for creativity, focus, and connection that’ll leave you excited to jump out of bed and head into the office every morning (and if you’re not a morning person, the unlimited micro-roasted coffee available at every WeWork location will provide you with the extra jolt of energy).
But the WeWork location that has us most excited is the newly renovated space in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which is set to open sometime in the next few months. The waterfront neighborhood has recently gone through a multi-billion dollar rehaul, and the new spaces that have been steadily unfurling over the past few months have us freshly enamored with the beauty of Brooklyn.
The Navy Yard—once a forbidding presence along the East River waterfront, hidden behind walls and “No trespassing” signs—has transformed into a commerce hub that has investors and locals excited.
A slew of tech and design companies, museums, bars and distilleries have eagerly made the move over to the Navy Yard, and the area promises to be a huge draw.
And if you’re thinking about your lunch breaks, the soon to be opened 60,000 ft food hall is a foodie’s dream. It will house outposts from NYC favorites like Russ & Daughters and some local Brooklyn fare, like Caribbean food, Korean BBQ and of course some pretty good pizza.
3. Columbus Circle
Columbus Circle is the perfect neighborhood for anyone who wants to be close to Midtown but avoid the chaos and congestion.
Central Park is right around the corner. There are ample subway lines to make your commute manageable and to make it easy for any clients to head over for meetings. And if you miss suburban shopping, The Shops at Columbus Circle is the closest thing you can get to a strip mall (but with a Whole Foods downstairs).
WeWork has a beautiful location on West 57th Street with huge windows looking out over the park, providing views that you might otherwise have to pay a hefty sum to experience every day.
The space takes up 5 floors in the Metropolitan Tower, which is right on Billionaire’s Row. It’s elegantly designed to match the area and extra perks include designated rooms for brainstorming and wellness, and after-work events for networking.
The West Coast might have Silicon Valley, but New York is a bona fide tech startup hub in its own right. The city competes with Palo Alto for billions in investment dollars and some of the best talent in the world.
If you’re a tech startup looking to be surrounded by innovation and out-of-the-box thinking, Chelsea is where you want to be. The tech bubble is not limited to one NYC neighborhood, but for young startups, Chelsea offers an exciting opportunity—a growing tech scene with some pretty impressive neighbors.
Google has its headquarters in the neighborhood and recently purchased Chelsea Market for $2.4 billion as they look to expand their footprint in the neighborhood. Other big names that call this area home: Playbuzz, Venmo and Food52.
WeWork Chelsea has collaborative common areas, natural sunlight and easy access to New York’s thriving tech community.
5. Long Island City
If you want to expand your horizons beyond Brooklyn and Manhattan and are ready to fall in love with another borough that oozes creativity and is still affordable, Queens is the place to be.
WeWork recently opened a new location in Long Island City - a neighborhood mostly known for its former life as a manufacturing center. Just as the Meatpacking District went through its facelift after the slaughterhouses shuttered and creatives came in—lured by the cheap rent and the endless potential they saw in the cavernous and gritty warehouses—Long Island City has had a facelift of its own.
The neighborhood is now a hybrid of art and business, with MOMA PS1 housed next to JetBlue’s corporate headquarters.
So if you’re looking for the right mix of edge and professionalism, Long Island City has got it.
WeWork’s Queens Plaza location attracts a good mix of creatives and professionals. Not everyone is ready to venture out to Queens, no matter how cheap the rent is. But you will find a good mix of design, technology, and consulting-based businesses, eager to take advantage of the benefits that the neighborhood has to offer.
So if you’re looking for a workspace filled with inspiration and innovation, Long Island City has got it in spades.
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