While the ‘cool factor’ of a coworking space probably should not be your only deciding factor, there is something to be said for being inspired by the place you work in and feeling confident when showing it off to clients. From décor and aesthetic to location and perks, we searched near and far to bring you this list of the coolest coworking spaces in New York City.
1. Hotel RL (KettleSpace) - Located on the edge of Bushwick and Bed-Stuy, two of Brooklyn’s hippest neighborhoods, Hotel RL is full of cool with its polished décor and on-site amenities. You can work from one of the large wood picnic-style tables, or from the long bar that stretches across the entire workspace. There is also plenty of soft seating throughout the venue to take advantage of for phone calls or casual meetings. On site, you will find a bar, restaurant and coffee shop, and you are just steps away from popular Brooklyn bars and music venues.
2. The Wing - The Wing has received lots of press over the past few years for its rapid growth, high-profile visitors and feminist politics, but a look around the space proves it talks the talk and walks the walk. The three New York City locations of the women-only coworking space are decked out with plenty of plants, comfortable nooks and a neutral color palette to keep the spaces free from distraction and calming. Even cooler, the Wing has stepped up its game with a number of amenities to better serve their members like the soon-to-launch “Little Wing,” on-site children’s play spaces where working parents can leave their little ones under the supervision of certified babysitters. In addition, all Wing locations feature showers, beauty rooms, lactation rooms and other perks and freebies for members.
3. NeueHouse - If your idea of cool is glitz, glamour and polish, then NeueHouse in New York City’s Flatiron neighborhood is right for you. The location is invitation-only and pushes the line between coworking space and social club, with flexible workspaces and private offices as well as a bar, chef-prepared food and lots of private events. There is also an in-house creative studio with resources for video, audio and photography work. What else happens in NeueHouse? Well, part of the appeal is the secret nature, and only a few photos of the large space are available online. If you want to see more, you will have to befriend a member or work toward getting that illusive invite.
4. Esther & Carol (KettleSpace) - The concept of working from one of New York City’s trendiest restaurants is cool in and of itself, and KettleSpace’s Esther and Carol location really sets the standard. The Bowery-area space has a mix of vintage booth style seating, large shared tables and smaller bar tables that can double as standing desks. On the walls of the bright space, you will find beautiful photographs of iconic Americans like Charlie Chaplin and boxer Jack Johnson to keep you inspired. Best of all, when your workday comes to an end you can take advantage of the modern dinner and cocktail menus, or the E&C Studio space downstairs for live musical performances. If you are looking for Esther & Carol, you will enjoy that it is easy to spot with a massive red ampersand painted on the front doors.
5. Bond Collective Gowanus - Bond Collective is a rapidly growing coworking network that operates six spaces in New York City, but their massive Gowanus space takes the cake for most visually inspiring. At 47,000 square feet, the location is truly a beast and has everything you could possibly need to accomplish your day’s tasks. In addition to a fully-stocked kitchen with beer on tap, this Bond Collective location has bright, glass-walled conference rooms, concrete floors and exposed brick, and a rooftop lounge space. The other Bond Collective spaces, in FiDi, NoMad, Bushwick and Philadelphia all feature the same bright and modern décor, although in slightly smaller facilities.
6. Spaces - Spaces has been in operation for around ten years, but the large Long Island City space has managed to stay modern, trendy and cool with frequently updated amenities and perks. Located in the historic Falchi Building, built in 1922, the 26,000 square foot space has 263 desks, as well as conference rooms, a rooftop deck and plenty of flexible workspace. The location is accented with light wood and white and grey furniture with small pops of color, all flooded with bright natural light. Modern art, bookcases and plant life keep the large space inviting and motivational. And, coolest of all, you do not have to take our word for it, you can currently get a 360-degree tour of the Long Island City office on the Spaces website.
7. Friends - Friends, a boutique coworking space in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, brings the cool factor by truly making you feel like a cool kid if you can even get an in. With just 35 members, all of whom are in creative fields, the space has really captured the community aspect of coworking in a way that few larger spaces are able. At the small space you will find bright, white décor, as well as plenty of comfortable seating and a nice backyard. While Friends does not have the same showy nature as some of the other spaces on this list, we love that they have truly put community first and managed to bring in such a talented group of creatives.