Coworking in Brooklyn draws a wide range of freelancers and start up founders, with an attractive variety of spaces both big and small; and prices that can be significantly lower than coworking spaces across the river in Manhattan. In some coworking spaces, you will find health and fashion companies with five to ten team members in dedicated offices, while other spaces draw freelance illustrators, designers, developers and even activists. Coworking in Brooklyn can be an inspiring and refreshing experience, and these locations are six of the best places for coworking in Brooklyn that you can find.
The Williamsburg restaurant Diviera Drive is a large, open space with both indoor and outdoor seating, and during the day it is turned into a flexible coworking space operated by KettleSpace. Coworkers are welcome to work at the large, open picnic-style tables or set up at the numerous smaller tables that line the sides of the bright space. Fresh coffee, tea and snacks are always available and the location also offers KettleSpace members access to a special discounted lunch and snack menu that features sandwiches, salads and inventive mid-day fare. The open workspaces, lunch menu and full bar make Diviera Drive one of the top locations in Brooklyn for business lunches or mid-day meetings. As they do at all locations, KettleSpace sets up the space with power strips so every seat has multiple power outlets nearby to charge all your devices as you work, complimentary wifi and access to the entire network of spaces for one low price.
WeWork Dumbo Heights
The largest of WeWork’s Brooklyn locations is their Dumbo Heights space, which features two tall buildings connected by a skybridge. Inside the massive space is a full espresso bar that also serves pastries in the morning, as well as the WeWork Honesty Market for purchasing drinks and snacks anytime. This WeWork is unique compared to other New York City WeWorks because some floors are occupied entirely by larger companies, instead of just small teams or solo coworkers sharing floors with one another. The Dumbo location is attractive because it is convenient to Lower Manhattan by subway, and you will also find amazing views of the Manhattan Bridge and skyline. The pet-friendly space features the usual WeWork perks like a member discount program, printing and mail services, and meeting rooms and private phone rooms. There are two more Brooklyn WeWork locations, in Williamsburg and South Williamsburg, and a massive new location in Brooklyn’s Navy Yard is coming soon.
A great independent coworking option in Brooklyn is BatHaus, a large space in Bushwick that has gained a positive reputation over the past few years for the diverse range of members they attract and community events they organize. BatHaus hosts everything from professional member networking events to writing sessions and drink and draw nights in their space, so members of BatHaus certainly get the community aspect of coworking. BatHaus has two on-site conference rooms that members are able to reserve and use, as well as printing and scanning capabilities. They offer a variety of different membership plans, ranging in price from $25 for a “Community” pass that allows event access but not desk space during the day, to $225 per month for full desk access.
Sustainability takes center stage at green desk’s locations in Brooklyn, both in the buildings themselves and in the amenities they offer. For starters, the locations have all been renovated to feature recycled glass and aluminum, renewable energy and energy-efficient CFL and LED lighting. Everything from the office supplies and cleaning products to the coffee available in the on-site cafeteria is selected with sustainability at the forefront. In addition to Brooklyn, green desk also operates in Queens and throughout the two boroughs they have gathered a community of 5,000 members. green desk offers competitive pricing, starting at $350 per month for private offices and $199 per month for hot desks. Day passes are also available for $30 if you would like to try out the space for a few hours, or are just looking for a temporary place to work in Brooklyn.
South Brooklynites looking for a full-service, luxury coworking space will love the newly opened Camp David in Sunset Park. The large space is impeccably designed and has a polished, modern style that is more reminiscent of some Wall Street coworking spaces than other Brooklyn spots. On site, you will have access to a long list of amenities for members, including a gym, library, full cafe and outdoor courtyard. Camp David is also one of the few New York City coworking spaces that offers a content studio, with resources for photo, audio and video production. Camp David is one of Brooklyn’s most expensive coworking options, with hot desks starting at $700 a month and private offices that are advertised as providing space for up to six employees starting at $1,500 per month.
KettleSpace offers coworking in Bushwick at Hotel RL, a modern hotel, restaurant and bar space close to the popular Marcy Avenue JMZ subway stop. Hotel RL is one of KettleSpace’s largest coworking spaces in New York City, with a variety of places to work, both open and more secluded. In addition to KettleSpace’s free coffee, tea and snacks, at Hotel RL you will find a full range of food and drink options available all day, including quick breakfast and lunch options and a full restaurant. KettleSpace is a budget-friendly coworking solution in Brooklyn, with full membership with unlimited hours to all of KettleSpace’s locations priced at $99 per month, with other plans available for even less. You can also take advantage of a week-long free trial to try out KettleSpace with no strings attached.