photo: Rani Molla, GigaOM

Coworking spaces have become popular among startups, and they’re popping up all over the city. Our intrepid reporter spent much of the past month camping out at various coworking spaces in New York to see what the fuss is all about.

Projective Space

Projective Space

The backstory: Projective Space started in a 5,500 square foot space in SoHo and quickly expanded to a second campus in Chinatown. It focuses on startups and offers classes, curated with SkillShare, PandoDaily and others, as well as networking events. The space, created by brothers James, Johnny and Timothy Wahba, says 70 percent of its companies have participated in an accelerator or incubator.

Projective Space 2What we liked: I spent more time at the Chinatown campus, which accommodates larger startups, and the space itself was one of my favorites. The nearly floor-to-ceiling windows in the desk area kept it bright (even on a rainier day), and the communal space had a good mix of long tables and private areas for phone calls and meetings. The SoHo location had less natural light and wasn’t as spacious.

What we didn’t like: Even though some of Chinatown’s best dumpling and dim sum houses aren’t so far away from their LES location, if you’re looking for a quick bite from staples like Chipotle or a basic deli, it’s slim pickings. Also, at the SoHo location, it was more difficult to find a private place for phone calls.

The people: It currently has a strong representation from graduates of the Entrepreneur’s Roundtable Accelerator. A few members include education crowdsourcing site CommonBond, crowdsourced photo-sharing site Olapic, and men’s subscription service Bespoke Post. Alums include the New York teams for IndieGogo and Uber, as well as SeatGeek.

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  1. Nicholas Paredes Tuesday, December 18, 2012

    It all started in coffee shops… The coffee shop I frequented had several mobile startups soon to exit! One of these has actually ditched their space and moved into 1871.

    The classes and camaraderie are what makes this super appealing.

  2. Great article Ki Mae. We loved having you @AlleyNYC ;)

  3. Great article. Check out openstudioclub.com for interesting spaces.

  4. We are involved in a coworking space near Union Sq with a few other start ups. It’s great for us and the connections and expertise of the coworkers are an advantage. http://www.insparq.com

  5. Comprehensive article on Coworking Spaces in NYC. Another great one to mention: SoTechie Spaces in Midtown Manhattan. Near everything awesome New York has to offer!
    http://sotechiespaces.com. Featuring FREE Coworking Fridays! :-)

  6. More Coworking Spaces to test in NYC…..here: http://www.sharedesk.net/search/list/new%20york

  7. Awesome article Ki Mae -@beyond loves working out of @Grindspaces!

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