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.


We Work

The Backstory: WeWork, the company that mostly provides partitioned coworking offices, opened WeWork Labs last year as an incubator-style space for early-stage startups. It offers accepted members deskspace, access to healthcare packages, legal advice and office hours with investors and reporters. There’s also plenty of opportunity to goof off: WeWork has a Kegerator, foosball table and pinball machine.

We Work 2What we liked: From the fruit-infused water in the kitchen to the clean and nicely appointed bathrooms (the best on my circuit) to the private phone booths with velvet seats and dedicated land lines, it’s clear that WeWork knows that the devil is in the details. They also get a big thumbs up for a noticeably more balanced male-to-female ratio. And it wasn’t dead quiet, which I liked — the hum made for a good background for phone calls and conversations.

What we didn’t like: I’m clearly not its only fan, so startups interested in joining may have to put their names on a waiting list of hundreds. (Note: referrals count, so if you know someone who works there, use the connection when you apply.)

The people: Current members include Fitocracy, travel startup Routehappy and PictureLife, the startup from Nate Westheimer, executive director of the NY Tech Meetup.

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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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