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photo: Rani Molla, GigaOM
Summary:

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.

Hive at 55

Hive

The backstory: Part of a Mayor Bloomberg-backed initiative, the Hive at 55 opened in 2009 to bring an affordable workspace to small businesses and startups. It was also launched with the hope of bringing new industries to the finance-heavy downtown neighborhood.

Hive 2What we liked: This is one of the cheaper options available, and it offers a wide range of pricing packages — from day rates to part- and full-time options to private office rentals. The 4,000 square foot space is one of the smaller coworking spaces out there, but it didn’t feel cramped.

What we didn’t like: Its lower Manhattan location means that it’s isolated from the city’s more robust tech hubs and not so likely to get a casual visit from a local VC or established entrepreneur. Also, while some say they’ve been able to learn from other workers in the space, other folks I met indicated less interest in the kind of active networking that happens in other coworking spaces.

The people:
You won’t find the city’s most attention-seeking startups here, but it does host a combination of startups, like travel video startup TripFilm and digital creative agency Inart Design Works, as well as remote employees of companies based outside the city.

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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.

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

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

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  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

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  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! :-)

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

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

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