Residential towers springing up all around Downtown Brooklyn seem to be making all the headlines, but the neighborhood is also home to several businesses, big and small. If you’re looking to get some work done in the area, look no further than a coworking space. We’ve rounded up what’s available, where, and whether or not you get free coffee. Read on to learn more!
By the end of 2018, it is estimated that 1.7 million people will be working in around 19,000 coworking spaces around the world. Communal, or coworking spaces as they are more widely known, offer a one-stop solution for the ever-growing population of the gig economy. Freelancers, solo-preneurs, entrepreneurs, and startups alike are subscribing to the idea of the coworking space to not only provide a foundational structure to their work day but the opportunity to engage in a community dialogue with their peers.
It feels like every neighborhood has at least one coworking space. In Downtown Brooklyn, we’re fortunate enough to have our pick of multiple different coworking spaces in the area. Currently there are four with two new coworking additions launching properties in Fall 2018. Read on for an Oh No DoBro roundup of what’s available in the ‘hood:
219-222 Dekalb Avenue – Sam Utne, Founder of Commins, has partnered with restaurateurs Dino’s and Colonia Verde to maximize their unused event spaces that are free during the day. “Commins provides a daytime workspace for local entrepreneurs and soloists who want to cut out their commute and engage with their neighbors.” Website.
147 Prince Street – Green Desk is an affordable, no-frills and environmentally friendly alternative to the abundance of hip, tech spaces. With a quiet, study hall ambiance, attorney Sofia Balile likened its professional, corporate-like environment to “the way business used to be run.” Website.
590 Fulton Street – SPACIOUS’ curated network of restaurant partners host a mix of soloists, startups and small corporate teams in their coworking spaces. Tapping into the abundance of underutilized interior space, SPACIOUS turns restaurants into coworking spaces providing members with a convenient work environment in their own neighborhood. “It’s cost effective, and there’s always a seat,” shares Josh Blank, CEO of InFlow and member of SPACIOUS at Boqueria. Website.
Chelsea Piers BK
265 Schermerhorn Street (Coming Fall 2018) – Chelsea Piers aims to redefine what it means to work, live and play in an urban environment. Debuting in the fall, its Brooklyn offering blends physical and mental fitness with a creative communal working space. Website.
41 Flatbush Avenue (Coming Fall 2018) – Spaces, part of IWG, the global leader in flexible workspaces will be opening its first property in Brooklyn later this year. Designed to accommodate startups to major corporations, the DoBro location will feature a large, communal business lounge, meeting rooms, semi-private areas and private offices.
As the concept of coworking spaces continues to grow in Downtown Brooklyn, it is also encroaching into the luxury residential scene. Hoyt & Horn a new high-rise opening this summer lists a “co-working space with TV, business equipment and pantry” as part of its amenities.
Let us know in the comments where you work in Downtown Brooklyn and if you use any of these coworking spaces. We want to hear what’s good and what’s not.