KettleSpace has 16 locations in two boroughs, and Peter Kim is the first Member to have visited all of them. By bike.
Peter, a solutions engineer for San Francisco-based Kong and a father of two, joined KettleSpace because he does not have extra room for a distraction-free home office. He decided that he wanted to try out all of the locations before choosing a few as his regular workplaces, and getting to them by bicycle seemed like a fun challenge. “Every bit of physical activity is good for me,” he said recently.
So, several days a week for the past six weeks, Peter plotted a new route. The first leg was always the same: An 8-minute bike ride from his home in Hoboken to the PATH station and a 9-minute train ride to Christopher Street. Then he hopped back on his folding Brompton bicycle and traversed the city.
Peter’s first stop was Aldea in Union Square on Jan. 2. His last stop was The Ribbon in Times Square on Feb. 11. He tracked all of his journeys on the Strava app. (His longest trip was 6.8 miles from Hoboken to Hotel RL in Bushwick.)
Along the way, Peter tweeted about his visits. On Day 2, he wrote, “Lots of locations around the city means more excuses to give myself interesting bike commutes from Hoboken!”
In other tweets, he posted pictures of the exclusive menus, coffee and snacks that are among the benefits that come with being a KettleSpace Member. He made special note of the “delicious” breakfast sandwich at Gran Torino in Williamsburg, reflected on how the elevated tracks outside Hotel RL reminded him of his native Chicago and commented on the coziness of Merakia in the Flatiron District. He even offered a few co-working “pro tips,” including bringing insulated bottles for hot and cold beverages.
On Jan. 10, after his trial period ended, Peter highlighted the benefits of a KettleSpace membership, tweeting, “At $99/mo, locations all around NYC, fast WiFi, free coffee+tea, there’s really no reason to continue trying to work at coffee shops and deal with all the noise, slow WiFi, lack of seats+outlets, and other annoyances.”
Peter said in an interview that he was concerned about noise before he started his visits, but it ended up not being an issue. In fact, he tweeted about the quiet back room at Sarabeth’s in Tribeca and, in the case of Hotel RL, he thought the reggae music playing in the background added to the ambiance.
“I don’t think I’ve been to one [location] where it’s felt crazy or too loud,” he said. “I’ve been able to focus and be more productive.”
Now that his grand tour is over, Peter plans to work mostly from CSTM HAUS in the Meatpacking District, Distilled NY in Tribeca and The Wilson in NoMad, since they are closest to PATH stations. But that doesn’t mean he plans to leave his bike home. “I definitely plan on visiting others when I feel the need for a change in scenery!”
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Sarah Latson is a freelance writer and editor who teaches journalism in New Jersey.