KettleSpace Coworking Location Profile . . .
CSTM HAUS is housed in the "Little Flatiron Building," located at 675 Hudson Street. This coworking hot spot is in the Meatpacking/West Village district. You will fall in love with working from CSTM HAUS for its open loft space, abundant natural light, extended hours, and speakeasy-style entrance. There are plenty of seats, and you’re welcome to bring outside food (and even use the microwave), so drop in to work for the day or a few hours.
Why is it called CSTM HAUS? When it was built in 1910, it was an operating U.S. Customs House. Ships would dock on the Hudson River down the street and officials would come in to file the paperwork and pay duties on the goods they were bringing into the country.
About the Building
Although it is not still used as a customs house, it is a very unusual and historic building. It’s kind of triangular, for one thing! If you look at it from outside, you are going to think, “Hey, this building looks like the Flatiron Building, only smaller.” And you’ll be absolutely correct. You see, there are actually several “flatiron” style buildings in New York – more than just the most famous one that is located at 175 Fifth Avenue.
That explains why this historic building is known to locals as The Little Flatiron Building.
Why make a building triangular? It’s because Broadway cuts diagonally through the neighborhood, and that creates some triangular blocks that require triangular buildings. Makes sense, right? And when you look at those buildings from certain angles, they look razor-thin.
But you won’t have to worry about squeezing into a small space when you make CSTM HAUS your workspace for the day. There’s ample space with lots of open areas to move around.
What a Neighborhood!
And when you decide to go outside for a break or at the end of the day, you will be in one of the most fascinating and vibrant neighborhoods in New York. The area was once called the Meatpacking District, because there were businesses there that stored and processed whole beef carcasses before loading them onto trucks that made deliveries to butchers and restaurants in the New York tristate area. If you look at the business names painted on the sides of old buildings in the area, you will see that the Meatpacking District earned its name because businesses did just what the name states – they packed meat!
What Will You Find in this Astounding Neighborhood?
Walk the High Line
The High Line, which opened in 2009, is a long, elevated walking park that is only a five-minute walk from CSTM HAUS. If you haven’t been there yet, you’ll love it. It has become one of the hottest destinations in New York. It’s an urban oasis for strolling and admiring views of the streets under it and the Hudson River to the west. And the High Line has a practical use too. You can walk all the way north to 34th Street without dealing with cars, crosswalks or traffic. Where else can you do that in New York? You’ll want to check it out if you haven’t already. Just walk west and you can’t miss it.
Grab a Bite in an Ultracool Marketplace
You’ll be only steps from two incredibly inviting indoor markets where you can go from booth to booth and select just about any kind of food that hits your mood – Italian, Thai, vegan, fresh pastries, and just about anything else. Be warned, these are addictive places and if you go once, you will be back often. Choose from the Chelsea Market at 75 Ninth Avenue or the Gansevoort Liberty Market at 101 Liberty Street. You can’t go wrong.
Have a Drink at a Rooftop Bar
This neighborhood could be called The Rooftop Bar District. Just get outside, start walking, and look up. You’ll have no trouble finding a bar atop a hotel, a rooftop restaurant, you name it. Many of them offer views of the Hudson and, beyond that, New Jersey. Meet some friends and be (we are not exaggerating) enchanted.
Visit the Whitney Museum of American Art on Gansevoort Street
Just walk south from CSTM HAUS to Gansevoort Street, hang a right turn – and there it is, a great museum of American art. You’ll find rotating exhibitions. And The Whitney, housed in a stunning architectural masterpiece designed by Renzo Piano, is a must-see in its own right. The outdoor patios with stunning views of the Hudson River are just the ticket for clearing your head after looking at all that art. There is a bright restaurant at street level.
Visit the Museum of Illusions and the Museum of Sex
If you’re looking for a museum that is definitely not the “same old thing,” pick one of these. The Museum of Illusions (located at 77 Eighth Avenue) displays optical and mind-altering illusions. Also, a head on a plate. The Museum of Sex (233 Fifth Avenue) offers pretty much what you would expect. Except when you get there, what you see is pretty unexpected. These museums will make your workday unusual.
Visit the Jack Shainman Gallery
There are lots of art galleries in lower Manhattan. But we want to call your attention to The Jack Shainman Gallery, which has two locations (513 West 20th Street and 524 West 24th Street). Shainman specializes in contemporary art, with an emphasis on the work of African-American artists. Every single one of our visits there has resulted in a major discovery. You will discover some amazing things there too.
Take a Walk to Greenwich Village
Lots of poets, painters and other artistic types have lived in Greenwich Village. Okay, let’s just mention famous musicians, so you can take a walk from CSTM HAUS, see where they once lived, and soak up all the history. Our list includes . . .
John Lennon, 105 Bank Street (before he moved uptown to the Dakota)
Bob Dylan, 161 West 4th Street
Richie Havens, 61 Jane Street
Jimi Hendrix, 59 West 12th Street
Janis Joplin, 159 West 10th Street
Lou Reed, 53 Christopher Street
Barbra Streisand, 69 West 9th Street (she’s not there now . . .)
You get the idea. Greenwich Village is dripping with history.
Shake It Off and Shake It Out at Chelsea Piers
Located at 23rd Street at the Hudson River, Chelsea Piers is a jumbo sports facility that you won’t want to miss. You’ll find a driving range, a bowling alley, an ice skating rink, a fitness club, a soccer league you can join. You won’t believe what you will find. (If you want to hold your wedding at Chelsea Piers, you can do that too.) It’s just one more of the amazing discoveries you will make, close to CSTM HAUS.