Over the past few decades, the iconic Brooklyn New York Borough has undergone a dramatic transformation – both in appearance and reputation. Once the epitome of the Big Apple’s less-than-healthy hinterland, the area’s regeneration has made it a haven for hipsters and young families alike, all drawn to its colorful array of restaurants, stores, museums and parks.
Brooklyn’s age demographic has also brought a new entrepreneurial spirit to the borough, with many self-reliant entrepreneurs and creatives living here. In response, Brooklyn has become home to a plethora of co-working spaces that offer affordable communal work environments for everyone from freelancers working alone to small startups. We’ve picked the 10 best ones.
Founded in 2014 from an old junkyard and thrift parts store, “Working Heights” is now spread across three addresses in Brooklyn. With clean, minimalist interiors, plenty of natural light, fresh air and plants, each space is hand-built with recycled materials to give a classic feel, encourage creativity and sustainable living, and provide the perfect environment to unlock your state of flow. The spaces offer a range of membership packages from $145 for night and weekend use to $195 per month for part-time flexible desk access, $255 for 24/7 flexible desk access, and $455 for 24/7 dedicated desk access. All members also enjoy ultra-high speed wireless internet, nightly locker storage, printing and scanning, coffee/tea/snacks, community lounge and outdoor garden access.
Shared Brooklyn is located in a 150-year-old warehouse with stunning views of New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty and Lower Manhattan. It is a green, sustainable shared workspace built and crafted by local artisans and craftspeople using as many of the original building materials as possible. The space boasts a community of creative and freelance professionals from a variety of sectors, with monthly options for short-term or long-term membership agreements that offer maximum flexibility. Each employee also has regular meeting room time each month, and other services and amenities include fast wireless Internet access, printing and scanning, unlimited coffee, tea and snacks, a phone booth, a fully equipped kitchen, and regular networking events. Membership packages start at $250 for community seating (10 days per month) and $435 for a small dedicated desk ($550 for a large desk). There are also day passes available for $30 per day.
Located in a cool loft in the trendy Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn, surrounded by parks, galleries and boutiques, Kongo is a common workspace for professional but easy-going media creatives and other artists. All of the venue’s work areas are specifically designed to maximize focus, and high-speed WiFi, printers and landlines help increase efficiency and productivity. There are also ping pong, bar tables, Nespresso, fridge, microwave, kitchen and common areas for napping in front of the screen. Membership packages are designed for maximum flexibility, inviting you to extend or reduce your use of the space as your needs change. Prices start at $450 per month and include 24/7 access and all utilities. The venue also hosts regular social events, such as ping pong and beer nights, movie screenings and parties, and access to the annual Dumbo Arts Festival.
This prestigious co-working space has two Brooklyn locations that enjoy a quaint neighborhood setting with an array of amenities and attractions nearby. These venues currently offer dedicated desks and private offices, as well as “zoom” memberships for meeting room use only. Additional amenities include ultra-high-speed WiFi, printing services, phone booths, kitchenettes, free coffee and picturesque outdoor areas. membership dues start at $150 per month for Zoom members and $250 per month for dedicated desks, with no joining fees or monthly subscriptions for all packages.
This co-working complex is ideally located within minutes walking distance of Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, with plenty of public transportation options nearby. Home to a wide variety of entrepreneurs, remote professionals and artists, this space features high ceilings, plenty of natural light, and an array of available desks and seating. State-of-the-art technology services, including high-speed WiFi, printing and copying, and soundproof headphones help with productive work, while a kitchenette stocked with complimentary tea and coffee and a cozy lounge with oversized bean bags, hammocks and chalkboards add to the relaxed atmosphere. Memberships are varied, starting at $250 per month for an open membership and $400 per month for a dedicated desk. For those who like to drive through the night, there is also a $200 Night Owl membership. An all-day pass is available for $25 per day.
A small boutique co-working space, Nowhere Studios is housed in a warehouse that has exposed brick walls, high ceilings and tons of natural light. Open 24/7, the space is popular with creative types, including filmmakers, photographers, writers, designers and artists. Amenities and benefits include free coffee, a huge rooftop terrace, a full dining kitchen, superfast WiFi, free printing and scanning. membership to the Flex Desk package is $195 per month, and you can pick from more than 30 different workstations to enjoy all the amenities of the venue. There is also a cheaper option that allows night and weekend access only for $175 per month. This space also hosts regular parties and social events, including classes and monthly barbecues.
Bat Haus offers a quiet, productive environment that welcomes members from a variety of disciplines to share resources, space, and respect. Open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., the venue offers ultra-high-speed WiFi, printing and scanning stations, a kitchen and lounge, two meeting rooms, and a backyard. Membership packages start at $99 per month (5 days per month) and include access to all facilities, and full time membership packages start at $225 per month. All members also have access to a weekly social program that includes drinks, snacks, and the opportunity to meet and mingle with colleagues. Full-day passes are $25 per day.
The Yard opened in 2011 in three Brooklyn locations with the goal of finding a balance between work and play, where members can get together to do things and meet other people, as well as hang out and enjoy themselves. Each space is designed with a sophisticated contemporary, classic aesthetic and industrial exuberance. Flexible, monthly membership packages are specific to each location, starting at about $300 per month for a hot table. There are no all-day passes. The Courtyard also offers educational and networking programs, as well as an art program that sees artwork by local and internationally renowned artists constantly rotating through the venue.
Conveniently located in Greenwood Heights’ Brooklyn neighborhood, BrooklynWorks offers a spacious, open office where freelancers, small businesses and startups can collaborate and grow. Open 24/7, services and amenities include unlimited printing and scanning, meeting rooms, common space and phone booths, comfortable couches, unlimited tea/coffee, dedicated reception area, shared kitchen, and more. Hot tables start at $100 per week or $15 per day. This space also hosts regular community events and happy hours, as well as free breakfast and lunch once a week.
Home to artists and creatives, The Bakery is an old Jewish restaurant in South Williamsburg that has been transformed into a dedicated co-working space-cum-gallery. Spread over six studios with about 12 desk spaces and a common room that can be used for meetings, photo shoots and project planning, the space also serves as a venue for monthly social clubs and other regular events. It is also a gallery space that showcases the work of local artists, including some of the bakery’s members. A 6-foot desk shares the room with six other colleagues, and memberships start at $500 per month, with private offices starting at $950 per month. An all-day pass costs $30.