Anyone who has looked for real estate in New York City, whether it be an apartment or an office, knows that the city can be extremely pricey. Freelancers and remote workers sometimes opt to work from home or set up in a coffeeshop to avoid paying for a proper office space. But, having a reserved desk in the city does not have to break the bank. From Bed Stuy to Harlem, these are our five picks for the best affordable coworking in all boroughs of New York City.
TEEM (Harlem) — cofoundharlem.com
Conveniently located near a few different Subway lines and Metro North trains at 125th Street, TEEM in Harlem is a coworking community for entrepreneurs, freelancers, remote workers and small businesses alike. The space has a well-priced 15-visit Flex Membership for $200, and is currently offering a free monitor to members who sign up for a three-month plan. The full-service coworking space has a receptionist on location and offers mail services, conference rooms and a variety of seating options.
Paragraph — paragraphny.com
Union Square’s Paragraph is a coworking space designed for writers looking for a place to surround themselves with like-minded individuals. The space offers many benefits for wordsmiths, such as events to meet with agents and publishers; printers; coffee and tea; and a promise of total quiet “like libraries used to be”. Memberships start at just $130 per month, and Paragraph is currently offering a free trial day on their website for potential members to give the space a test run.
IFP — nymediacenter.com
IFP is a 20,000 square foot space in Dumbo that feels like working in a modern library, with lots of quiet nooks, comfortable seating and quiet breakout rooms for meetings. Coffee and tea are not included in the $150 per month membership, but they can be purchased at Cuper Cafe, which also serves wine, beer and lunch items.
Nowhere Studios — nwrstudios.com
Creative types are drawn to Nowhere Studios in Bed-Stuy, where membership starts at just $150 per month. The space boasts a variety of different work areas all filled with natural light, as well as a roof deck with WiFi. There are conference tables available for group work and meetings, phone booths for private calls, lockers, free printing and scanning, and monthly BBQs and happy hours.
KettleSpace (city-wide) — kettlespace.com
With plans at just $25 per month for 10 hours of access and $99 per month for unlimited access, KettleSpace is an affordable option for coworking throughout New York City. KettleSpace keeps their costs low by making use of some of New York City’s trendiest restaurants during their off hours when they would otherwise be empty. Free coffee and tea are included, and there are lunch specials making it a great option for working lunches in the city. Despite being hosted in restaurants, the coworking spaces are equipped with ample power outlets at nearly every table. Another benefit besides the low cost is the variety of seating spaces able to accommodate individual workers as well as small teams. Choose a bar seat for a makeshift standing desk while you grab some complimentary coffee, tea and snacks. KettleSpace currently operates in a wide-range of neighborhoods, from Bushwick to the Upper West Side.
Whatever your shared work space needs are in New York City, you will surely able to find one that suites you well from our list. Happy coworking!