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.

New Work City

New Work City

The backstory: Founder Tony Bacigalupo calls it the “elder statesman” of New York coworking because even though New Work City moved into its existing location two years ago, he started offering versions of the space with others in 2007. A Kickstarter campaign raised $17,000, which helped it establish its current space.

New Work City 2What we liked: New Work City is one of the more open spaces in the city — members don’t need to apply, and it places a premium on cultivating a welcoming community. Among its regular events is a simulcast of the NY Tech Meetup and, if you can’t get a ticket to the live event (or even if you can), New Work City provides a more relaxed alternative with tubs of beer.

What we didn’t like: Compared to a few other spaces, New Work City’s digs are more humble. Some of the furniture has seen better days and, while I was there, the kitchen was under renovation. (I’m told its now complete.) Also, closing time seems to vary from day to day, depending on when the last person with a key chooses to leave.

The people: 
Tech startups represent a good chunk of New Work City’s community, but it also includes journalists, accountants and other independent workers. Members include Y Combinator-backed SmartAsset, emerging art startup UGallery, and guitar teaching app Instinct. Alums include TechStars graduates Dispatch, TimeHop and Red Rover.

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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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