New York City’s Lower East Side is a hotspot for coworking, with numerous options for shared and private offices, as well as open workspaces. Drawing a hip crowd of entrepreneurs and freelancers in tech, fashion and more, there are plenty of options for places to work in the Lower East Side to meet any budget and satisfy any size team.
The Yard: Lower East Side
The Yard is one of New York City’s networks of coworking spaces with a presence not only in Manhattan and Brooklyn, but also Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Boston. Offering day passes, open coworking, dedicated desks and private offices, The Yard is good option for teams or entrepreneurs that are ready to commit to a place for daily work. In the Lower East Side, dedicated desks start at $525 per month and private offices start at $650 per month for one person. Amenities and perks include free coffee and tea, bike storage and a pet-friendly space. As a member of The Yard, you will get access to their online member network as well as limited access to the list of other office spaces, which could be a nice benefit if you find yourself traveling to Philadelphia, D.C., or Boston frequently, or you have co-workers located in one or more of those cities.
Hotel Chantelle (KettleSpace)
New York City residents will know Hotel Chantelle for its rooftop view, weekend brunch and modern cocktails, but during the day it also operates as a coworking space through KettleSpace. KettleSpace is an affordable option for coworking in the Lower East Side, with plans starting at just $49 per month for 40 hours of access to the entire network of locations (which also includes restaurants-turned-offices in Upper Manhattan and Brooklyn). For just $99 a month, KettleSpace’s Unlimited plan provides you with unlimited access to the network. At all KettleSpace locations, you will find bottomless coffee, tea and snacks, as well as ample seating and power outlets. Guest access is also included in some plans, making it a great alternative to an expensive business lunch for a mid-day meeting. Most locations are staffed by community managers to provide assistance, have specials on food during the day and evening, host special events, and have a variety of seating options for individuals or teams. KettleSpace is also currently offering a no strings attached trial to try out their network of spaces for one week.
AWS Pop-Up Loft
One of the more unique coworking spaces in the Lower East Side is the Amazon Web Services Pop-Up Loft, located on West Broadway and open during the week from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. Anyone with a AWS account is welcome to use the space free of charge, both as a temporary office or to attend some of the tech-related events and networking sessions. Inside, there are open desks as well as some lounge-style seating and couches which lend well to small meetings with team members or collaborators. Because the space is free, seats can fill up early and the free coffee and snacks do tend to run out. However, the wifi is fast and if you are just looking for a place to set up shop for a few hours and do not want to commit to a monthly or even daily plan, the AWS Pop-Up Loft is a good option to consider.
BuroHQ is a fairly new coworking option in the Lower East Side with a focus on building a community for tech-related startups and entrepreneurs. With hot desks starting at $300 a month, it is an affordable option in an otherwise pricey neighborhood. The tech focus is the biggest selling point of BuroHQ, which offers exclusive networking sessions and events for members. There are also weekly happy hours for members and invited investors, experts and industry leaders. Many of BuroHQ’s current members are doing work in fintech and cryptocurrency, making it a great fit for anyone interested in those fields.
If you happen to be in the Lower East Side and need a place to work for a few hours, a popular option is the large lobby-area of Hotel Indigo. Similar to the Ace Hotel in Nomad, the Hotel Indigo lobby has gained a reputation amongst New York City’s freelancers as a convenient place to find wifi, power outlets and comfortable seating between meetings or while in transit. Since it is a hotel lobby, not a proper coworking space, there are not many free benefits, but you can take advantage of the on-site Irving Farm Coffee Roasters, which offers great drinks as well as a selection of snacks and sandwiches. While you probably should not plan to spend a full day working here, or multiple days back-to-back, wifi is readily available and it is a great mutual meeting point and a reliable space to turn to if nearby coffee shops are full.
The Farm – SoHo East
The farm lies on the edge of SoHo and the Lower East Side and offers all sizes of offices, including customizable full-floor offices that can fit teams of up to 45 people. While The Farm’s locations in Nomad and SoHo offer daily passes and hot desks, the SoHo East location at 188 Grand Street is exclusively private offices built for two people or more. This means you will get a quieter space full of fellow coworkers that you can expect to see in the office most days. Short and long term arrangements are available, but with rates starting at $2,000 per month, it is certainly on the higher end of coworking options in Lower Manhattan. The space itself is bright and modern, with exposed brick, salvaged wood, and provides useful perks like 24/7 secure access and mail and package services.