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Effective Space

There are a variety of space options available for startups in New York City. Firstly, much can be done with virtual arrangements in one’s home, and meeting around town in coffee shops. See our separate list for New York coffee shops. When it gets to needing to get out of the home, to avoid distraction, or to hold meetings with conference calls though, one starts to need a better location.


Coworking is a small work space with shared tables or other dense arrangements. The ones listed here are all offices, with access to some conference rooms and photo copiers, or other shared services. They offer community, but not acoustic privacy, making them more suitable for quiet work that is digital, rather than requiring phone calls.


  • The hive @ 55 – Wall Street / Stock Exchange area ($50-450/month)
  • WeWork Lounge – WeWork offer a coworking lounge ($275/month) and suite options
  • New Work City – Canal Street ($100-300/month)
  • Green Spaces – Broadway and Canal – From $250-495/month
  • General Assembly at 902 Broadway. New, popular and is now FULL.
  • WeCreate 58 E 11th St 8th Floor, Space and coaching at $50 to $310/month
  • Grind – 419 Park Ave. S E 29th St. at $35/day, $500/month
  • Hubitat – A large space at 31 West 26th Street
  • Space 4 Work – East Village $275/month
  • Nest New York – With a focus on mobile development and particularly links to Finland.



Specialized Coworking

These co-working spaces are dedicated to specific industries, which can have advantages in networking, as well as allowing for specialized classes and shared facilities such as studios and workshops:

  • 3rd Ward offer two facilities one in Williamsburg and the other on Morgan Avenue in Bushwick. Facilities include a photo shop, wood and metalworking shops and a media lab. The also offer a schedule of classes which are free to members or available on a per class basis.
  • Paragraph workspace for writers.
  • The Writers Room A Writers Colony – Members Only, but an interesting comparison with technology coworking
  • The Center for Fiction (Was the Mercentile Library) – Members Only – Primarily for published writers
  • The Metropolitan Exchange – Architects and Urban Planners, Brooklyn.
  • Proteus Gowanus – Art space and reading room on the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn.
  • NMP Films – Video edit suites for lease and a production studio north of Canal Street.
  • Film Production Faclilities at Brooklyn Fire Proof


The benefit of a phone number, mailing address and potentially a receptionist and conference room facilities without an actual office.


Incubators offer a led community. Often run by experienced entrepreneurs, who are investors in the businesses, or offer advice and access to external investors. In addition to community these spaces provide a cost effective way of housing startups, who would otherwise need their investors to act as guarantors on their property leases, and at a higher overall cost if they leased separate spaces. In some cases, such as the¬†NYU Poly’s incubators they are designed as integration points, or exit routes, from academic communities more than providing investment.

Open Plan

Dedicated Offices and Suites

Ideal for those with telephone call based businesses or with privacy concerns.

Partial Offices

Listing Services

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  1. Diane C says

    I would recommend also checking out Select Office Suites which offers shared office space including amenities (tech/admin support, conference rooms, furniture, etc).