Over the past decade, coworking spaces have become the affordable option for freelancers, creative professionals, and small startup teams looking to break out of the working-from-home box.
Not only do these shared working environments provide individuals with the opportunity to collaborate and share ideas with other professionals from their respective industries, it also gives them the chance to mix and mingle with creatives of all colors.
Coworking spaces have become such a trendy concept that even big business has taken interest, sending teams from their corporate headquarters to squeeze into shared spaces.
At the core of this popular working concept is an integral aspect of the web development and design industry: collaboration. It’s what we aimed to create when starting the Shopify Partner Studio, our free coworking space for ecommerce designers and developers.
Today’s round-up focuses on New York City because it’s always been a haven for designers, developers, and creative professionals of all kinds. If you’re looking for a dynamic coworking space in NYC, check out our nine picks listed below.
With over 50,000 members around the world, WeWork has created a quilt of coworking spaces with every kind of creative professional in mind. Whether you’re looking to access WeWork’s massive social network, communal desk space, or a dedicated office, this coworking empire has flexibility in spades.
Located near the historic Mount Morris Park, Teem Coworking strives to provide a collaborative environment for creative professionals of all kinds. In parallel to workspace, TEEM also organizes events for its members on how to grow your business, network, and find inspiration to meet your goals.
The Kitchen at Chelsea - Coalition Coworking
With multiple locations in New York, Boston, and Chicago, Coalition Coworking lives and breathes collaboration. Their Chelsea location, The Kitchen, mimics the district’s arts and culture vibe in its bright loft space. The Kitchen attracts professionals from various industries, including architecture, fashion design, and fitness tech.
Friends Work Here
This laidback and bright space is the brainchild of Tina Roth Eisenberg, who previously started the popular NYC coworking space, Studiomates. Friends Work Here is a coworking community for a number of creative types, including designers, film makers, developers, and writers, and operates out of an open-concept, exposed-brick space. Believe the internet is magic and that collaboration is good for the soul? This is the place for you.
The Workaround - Coworking + Childcare
This coworking community includes freelancers, artists, and makers of all stripes who have one major thing in common: kids. This space gives parents a dedicated working space, while the little ones have fun playing with the Workaround’s babysitters. Not a bad deal if you ask us.
Another example of a kid-friendly coworking space, Explorers Academy created a coworking arm after years of inviting the pre-school’s staff to bring their own kids to work. While the wee-ones are active and engaged by ‘play experts’, creative professionals get flexible access to office space with all the vital amenities. It’s a win-win.
The South Bronx Business Incubator is a joint venture between the NYCEDC and Sunshine Suites, a coworking organization with multiple locations across NYC. The goal is to attracht entrepreneurs to the South Bronx, while fostering a collaborative environment that educates and helps entrepreneurs achieve measurable results.
Collaborate to innovate — that’s the guiding principal behind QNS Collective’s mission. In addition to a collaborative workspace, QNS offers an event and education destination where members can network, get creative, and build with like-minded entrepreneurs. The space offers members dedicated desks, private suites, or communal tables.
Are you a dreamer, risk-taker, or job creator on a budget? LaunchPad’s looking for you. Based in the self-proclaimed up-and-coming tech hub St. George, LaunchPads is a coworking space that wants to help build a community that fosters productivity, collaboration, and innovation.