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.



The backstory: Grind says it caters to the city’s “free radicals” — its term for independent professionals. Cofounder Benjamin Dyett, who launched it with Stuart and Karina Warshaw and the CoCollective, said they select members to ensure a balance of people with different specialties — from tech startups and venture capitalists to designers and marketers to accountants and lawyers.

Grind 2What we liked: The floor-to-ceiling windows, modern (and sustainable) Vitra furniture, generous selection of Intelligentsia coffee and gallery of framed LCD screens that members can use to show off their work via an RFID-enabled membership card. It also created a sophisticated digital system for helping members identify collaborators for projects, and several I spoke to said they’d found clients and partners through Grind.

What we didn’t like: The monthly rate is already on the higher end of the spectrum, but if you want to use the LED-screen-equipped conference rooms, it’ll cost you extra (many other spaces include conference rooms in their regular membership packages). Also, because, it says, “Grindists” tend to be a bit more established in their careers, the space provides fewer networking and programming events.

The people: I saw fewer hoodies and more button-down shirts during my couple of days there. A few members include TechStars NYC alum WantWorthy, creative agency Bynd and TEDxHarlem. Klout’s New York team also worked from Grind before moving into a space of its own.

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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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