New York’s iconic Brooklyn borough has undergone a dramatic transformation over the past few decades – both in appearance and reputation. Once the epitome of the Big Apple’s less-than-satisfying underbelly, the borough’s redevelopment has turned it into a haven for hipsters and young families, all of whom are drawn to a wide variety of restaurants, shops, museums and public parks.
Brooklyn’s age demographics have also brought a new entrepreneurial spirit to the borough, with many self-starters and creatives working here. For this reason, Brooklyn is home to a plethora of co-working spaces that provide affordable public work environments for everyone from independent freelancers to small-scale startups. We’ve picked out the 10 best .
Founded in 2014, Work Heights is the transformation of an old junkyard and used parts store into a full-fledged co-working space currently located at three addresses in Brooklyn. Featuring clean, minimalist interiors with lots of natural light, fresh air, and plants, each space is handcrafted with upgraded and recycled materials, giving it a vintage feel that encourages creativity and sustainable living, providing the perfect environment to kick-start your state of flow. The space offers a range of membership packages, starting with $145 for night and weekend access, up to $195 per month for part-time flex desk access, $255 for 24/7 flex desk access, and $455 for 24/7 dedicated desk access. All members also enjoy superfast WiFi, overnight locker storage, printing and scanning, coffee/tea/snacks, and access to the community lounge and outdoor garden.
SHARED is a green, sustainable co-working space housed in a 150-year-old warehouse with stunning views of New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty, and Lower Manhattan, built and renovated by local artisans and craftsmen using as many original building materials as possible. The space hosts creative and freelance professionals from a variety of industries and offers monthly membership deals on a short-term or long-term basis to provide maximum flexibility. Each member also receives a monthly allotment of meeting room hours, and other services and amenities include fast WiFi, printing and scanning, unlimited coffee, tea and snacks, phone booths, a fully equipped kitchenette, and access to regular networking events. Membership packages start at $250 for community seating and go up to $435 for a small dedicated desk. Day passes are also available for $30 per day.
Housed in a cool loft space in Brooklyn’s hip Dumbo neighborhood, surrounded by parks, galleries and boutiques, Kongo is a co-working space for professional yet relaxed media creatives and other art types. Billed as offering all the perks of a creative agency without any of the politics, all of the site’s work areas, from open-space desks to conference rooms, have been specifically designed to maximize focus, with high-speed WiFi, printers and landlines helping to promote efficiency and high productivity. For screen respite, there’s also table tennis, a bar table, Nespresso, fridge, microwave, kitchen and communal areas. Membership packages are designed for maximum flexibility, inviting you to easily extend or reduce your use of the space as your needs change. Pricing starts at $450 per month and includes 24/7 access and all utilities. The venue also hosts regular networking and social events such as ping pong and beer nights, film screenings and parties, and participation in the annual Dumbo Arts Festival.
This renowned co-working space has two locations in Brooklyn, both enjoying a quaint neighborhood setting with an array of amenities and attractions nearby. Designed to provide a place for remote professionals to work best in a quiet environment, these venues currently offer dedicated desks and private offices, as well as “zoom” memberships for conference room use only. Other amenities include super-fast WiFi, printing services, phone booths, kitchenettes, free coffee, and picturesque outdoor areas. zoom memberships start at $150 per month, dedicated desks at $250 per month, and all packages have no joining fee and are fully paid monthly.
The Compound Cowork
Created with the vision of moving away from the mainstream concept of what an office should look like, The Compound Cowork is ideally located, just a few minutes’ walk from Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, and with plenty of public transport options nearby. Home to a diverse group of entrepreneurs, remote professionals and artists, the space boasts high ceilings, an abundance of natural light, and a wide array of desk and seating options. State of the art tech services including high-speed WiFi, printing and copying, and soundproof headphones help with productive working, while a kitchenette stocked with free tea and coffee, and a cozy lounge with oversized beanbag, hammock and chalkboard, add to the relaxed, convivial atmosphere. A variety of memberships are available, starting at $250 per month for Open membership and rising to $400 for a dedicated desk. There are also Night Owl memberships for $200 for those who prefer to burn the midnight oil. Day passes are priced at $25 per day.
A small boutique coworking space, Nowhere Studios is housed within a warehouse featuring exposed brickwork, 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 perks include complimentary coffee, a huge rooftop deck, a full eat-in kitchen, ultra-fast WiFi, and free printing and scanning. Membership pricing starts at $195 per month for a Flex Desk package, which allows you to pick from more than 30 different workstations and enjoy all of the venue’s amenities. There’s also a cheaper option which allows night and weekend access only, priced at $175 per month. The space also hosts regular meet-ups and social events including classes and monthly BBQs.
Providing a quiet, productive environment, Bat Haus welcomes members from a variety of different disciplines to share resources, space and respect. Open from 9am to 7pm on Mondays to Fridays, the venue offers super-fast WiFi, a print-and-scan station, a kitchen and lounge, two conference rooms, and a backyard area. Membership packages start at $99 for access five days a month, including use of all amenities, and rise to $225 per month for full-time access. All members also get to join weekly social hours featuring booze, snacks and the chance to meet and socialise with your fellow workers. Day passes are also available for $25 per day.
Spread across three Brooklyn locations, The Yard opened in 2011 with the aim of finding a balance between work and play, where members can congregate to get things done, meet other people and also hang out and enjoy themselves. Each space is designed with a refined contemporary, classic aesthetic with industrial flourishes. Flexible, month-to-month membership packages are priced specific to each location, starting at around $300 per month for hot desks. Day passes are not available. The Yard also provides educational and networking programs and there’s also an Art Program which sees a constant rotation of art works by local and internationally renowned artists being showcased within the venue.
BrooklynWorks at 159
Situated in the Brooklyn neighbourhood of Greenwood Heights, well served by transport links, BrooklynWorks at 159 offers a spacious open office where freelancers, small businesses and start-ups can collaborate and grow. Open 24/7, services and amenities include unlimited printing and scanning, conference rooms, common spaces and phone booths, comfy couches, unlimited tea/coffee, a dedicated reception area, shared kitchens, and more. Hot desks are available from $100 per week and drop ins for $15 per day. The space also plays host to regular community events and happy hours, as well as a complimentary breakfast and lunch once a week.
Home to artists and creatives, The Bakery is an old kosher eatery converted into a dedicated coworking space-cum-gallery in South Williamsburg. Spread across six studios, about a dozen desk spaces, and a communal room that can be used for meetings, photo shoots, and project planning, the venue also serves as a venue for monthly social clubs and other regular events. It also serves as a gallery space for artworks by local artists, including some Bakery members themselves. Membership starts at $500 per month for a 6-foot desk in a room with 6 other coworkers, or $950 per month for a private office. Day pass prices are $30.