Great Coworking Spaces for Entrepreneurs in New York

by Fred Abramson on January 4, 2013 · 0 comments

If you are new to New York and just starting a business you probably don’t want to work out of your abode. Working for days without taking a shower can be a problem. It is also difficult to network when you spend the day hanging out by yourself. Starbucks no longer has outlets. So what should you do? You should spend your days at a coworking facility.

Union Square Ventures’ Fred Wilson has a brilliant explanation of why coworking is a growing trend:

“The main benefits of this kind of setup are camaraderie (small startups can be lonely), knowledge sharing, high energy, culture, and cost sharing. I have heard so many stories of software developers walking to the other side of the office to talk to software developers working for another company to talk about a thorny tech issue. That same thing can happen in finance, legal, bus dev, marketing, product management, really all parts of the business. You can get some of the benefits of scale without being at scale.”

Upstart Business Journal has reported that 500 Startups is giving the NYC startup community another big boost, opening its first co-working space outside of Silicon Valley in the city’s Flatiron district. The accelerator and venture capital firm hasn’t revealed many other details about the new space, other than its capacity—40 desks, 20 of which are reserved for its portfolio—and price of $500 per desk per month.

Here  is a list of coworking Spaces in New York City:


General Assembly is perhaps the most famous coworking facility in New York City. Complete with classrooms, break-out spaces, library, top-notch media facility, a kitchen and more, General Assembly is designed to create community and promote the collaborative exchange of ideas among New York City’s premier entrepreneurs. I have been to General Assembly a couple of times and have been really impressed.

Be aware that you must apply to be admitted to General Assembly.


They have two campuses in Manhattan:

902 Broadway 4th Floor New York, NY 10010

10 East 21st Street, 4th Floor New York, NY 10010.



New Work City is the biggest and most well known of the coworking spaces in New York and has been covered in the Wall Street Journal, NPR, Entrepreneur Magazine, New York Times and Inc Magazine among many others. I have a number of clients who use this facility and love it. Be aware that the space is not that large and it can get very crowded. The facility is open from 9am-6pm. On the positive side anyone is free to work there.


412 Broadway
New York, NY 10013
(212) 226-1585
Dogpatch Labs was created by Polaris Venture Partners (and according to them) to connect entrepreneurs and help founders conceive, launch and grow startups. Like General Assembly you must apply to Dogpatch Labs. Some interesting companies have “graduated” from the space, including my favorite gmail app Rapportive. What makes this space unique is that  it lets companies move in for 6 months without paying rent or giving up equity.
Dogpatch Labs has four locations:

– Cambridge, MA (1 Cambridge Center, 6th Floor)
–  Palo Alto, CA (151 Lytton Avenue)
– New York, NY (36 East 12th Street)
– Europe (The Warehouse, 35 Barrow Street, Dublin)



Sunshine Suites is one of the largest coworking spaces in New York. They now have 3 facilities in New York City. One of my favorite entrepreneurs to follow on social media is Gary Vaynerchuk and he has set up shop in Sunshine. They even have a ski house that is available in Vermont. This facility is open to everyone.


12 Desbrosses Street, Manhattan NY

419 Lafayette, Manhattan NY

890 Garrison Ave, Bronx NY

Mark Birch has compiled a fantastic list (see below) of co-working sites in  New York.

Arts & Performance


Fashion & Design




Urban Tech & Clean Tech

Workspaces – not incubators or accelerators, but share similar elements

The Law Office of Frederic R. Abramson represents entrepreneurs in New York. Feel free to contact me at 212-233-0666 regarding any legal issues regarding start-ups. 

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