Another day, another desk: GigaOM tests out New York’s coworking spaces

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Projective Space

Projective Space

The backstory: Projective Space started in a 5,500 square foot space in SoHo and quickly expanded to a second campus in Chinatown. It focuses on startups and offers classes, curated with SkillShare, PandoDaily and others, as well as networking events. The space, created by brothers James, Johnny and Timothy Wahba, says 70 percent of its companies have participated in an accelerator or incubator.

Projective Space 2What we liked: I spent more time at the Chinatown campus, which accommodates larger startups, and the space itself was one of my favorites. The nearly floor-to-ceiling windows in the desk area kept it bright (even on a rainier day), and the communal space had a good mix of long tables and private areas for phone calls and meetings. The SoHo location had less natural light and wasn’t as spacious.

What we didn’t like: Even though some of Chinatown’s best dumpling and dim sum houses aren’t so far away from their LES location, if you’re looking for a quick bite from staples like Chipotle or a basic deli, it’s slim pickings. Also, at the SoHo location, it was more difficult to find a private place for phone calls.

The people: It currently has a strong representation from graduates of the Entrepreneur’s Roundtable Accelerator. A few members include education crowdsourcing site CommonBond, crowdsourced photo-sharing site Olapic, and men’s subscription service Bespoke Post. Alums include the New York teams for IndieGogo and Uber, as well as SeatGeek.

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