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.

Secret Clubhouse

Secret Clubhouse

The backstory: Less a business than a side hobby for Barbarian Group co-founder and angel investor Rick Webb, the Secret Clubhouse is in Williamsburg. Webb says he decided to launch it after looking for a place to work himself and at the prodding of a few local tech businesses that wanted a home in North Brooklyn after the Makery coworking space shut down.

Secret Clubhouse 2

What we liked: From the collection of vintage Apple computers and old-school instruments to the pool table and stocked refrigerator in the basement, it really does feel like a techie’s secret clubhouse or (female-friendly) man cave. 

What we didn’t like: The space isn’t very big, so it’s easy to feel like you’re in the middle of someone else’s conversation or like the room is overhearing yours.

The people: For starters, you’ll get to meet Webb himself. He’s now a revenue and marketing consultant to Tumblr but works from the Secret Clubhouse at least one day a week. Small Girls PR and music blog aggregator Hype Machine signed up before Webb even opened up the space, and Colored Box, a stealth startup from Buzz Anderson, former director of mobile for Tumblr, is a more recent arrival. Aviary co-founder Michael Galpert’s new startup Superhuman was an early member .

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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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