It makes sense that Brooklyn — with its large creative class and outsized rents for small apartments — is seeing a boom in coworking spaces, a concept that was unheard of just 10 years ago. Neighborhoods all across Brooklyn now have their own places to rent a desk, or sometimes a spot at a communal table, alongside other freelancers, startup hatchers and gig-hoppers. To keep track of all the options, we compiled a list of every Brooklyn coworking space we could find, along with answers to the most basic questions (sorry, we can’t tell you whether you’ll bump elbows with your soulmate at the coffee machine.)
Each place has a different personality, from living-room casual to corporate, which is summed up in the “vibe” section. Under “perks” you’ll find what they offer beyond a desk and an electrical outlet, and here they really vary, with amenities including everything from copy machines to backyards, event spaces, bring-your-pooch-to-work policies, free ZipCars, receptionists and more. [Post updated on May 17, 2016].
Availability is based on three criteria: how many members they can accommodate, turnover, and whether they have monthly members and day passes. Low availability indicates they have a limited number of members, low turnover and no day passes. A high availability means they have a bigger space that can house more members comfortably, and offer day passes in addition to monthly memberships. Everybody else is in-between.
Our most intriguing discoveries were the wide range of fees (from $190 a quarter on up to $500-plus per month), and the number of places with unusual hours (24/7 included). Is it time to make a break from your couch? We couldn’t presume to say, but plenty of Brooklyn coworking places have day passes to dip in for a day. Just be sure to put on pants for a change.
Did we miss your coworking space? Email us at brokelyn [at] gmail.com
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Pencilworks, 61 Greenpoint Ave, Greenpoint
Vibe: PencilWorks is located in the Landmark Pencil Factory building in Greenpoint. Great commercial industrial design, mixed old school factory charm. Its members come from a variety of industries: media, software, design, movie production, marketing and architecture, just to name a few. Some of their members are lifelong freelancers, while others are just beginning their journey. PencilWorks has a great community and infrastructure that will help you focus on running your business.
Perks: Large offices with great natural light and views of NYC. 24/7 Access, huge lounge area and event space, telephone booths, printing center, cool reception area and access to a number of great conference and media rooms. They’re pet friendly so you can bring your dog along every day. They also have a fleet of Brooklyn Bicycles to get around the neighborhood.
Hours: 24/7 Access for Members – Monday-Friday 9am-6pm for Walk Ins.
Rates: Private Offices are designed to hold 1 to 20 people and could be easily combined for larger businesses with pricing that starts at $995. Dedicated desk rates with 24/7 Access is $400/mo and shared desk rates with Monday-Friday Access at $250/mo. $25 Day Passes, which you can apply toward membership if you decide to join. Virtual office access and Conference Rooms start at $49.
Bat Haus Coworking, 279 Starr St, Bushwick
Vibe: Bat Haus has an open office layout that transforms into an event space after 7pm and weekends. They also host Drink N’ Draw with live models on Wednesdays and monthly independent film screenings.
Perks: Printing and scanning, mail reception, kitchen access, 2 hours of conference room access per day, Thursday happy hours, during the summer time you can work or chill out in the backyard, they’re pet friendly so you can bring your well-behaved pooch along, and time-to-time they’ll have openings for you to work the front desk in exchange for free membership.
Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-7pm
Rates: $25 for a day pass, which you can apply toward membership if you decide to join. Basic Access is $60 per month (allows one day per week), Part-Time is $175/mo for access three days a week, and full-Time is $225/mo for access 5 days a week. You can store monitors and accessories for another $25 per month, and they offer virtual office access for $75 per month.
Bklyn Commons, 495 Flatbush Ave, Prospect Lefferts Gardens
Vibe: Prospect Lefferts Garden isn’t a bastion of high tech so boheme meets professional in this lofty space located atop Big Albert’s discount store. Once inside common desks lie at the middle of the space that’s more long than wide with private offices on the edges.
Perks: Great location right next to Prospect Park, and the Prospect Park station of the Q, and B train, and lounge for non-essential essential hanging out
Hours: 24/7 access with monthly membership
Rates: $20 a day, to $475 a month, without membership meeting rooms are $20 an hour
Brooklyn Desks, 49 Wyckoff Ave, Bushwick
Vibe: Brooklyn Desks seeks to host a broad range of freelancers, entrepreneurs, students, and business travelers. It’s a pretty huge space and they often rent out the rooftop for networking events.
Perks: There’s are a lot here: free ZipCar for business, a full kitchen, a relaxation room with ping pong, foosball, printing and scanning, VoIP service, an outdoor terrace and weekly happy hours.
Hours: 24/7 access for members, day passes are from 9am-6pm
Rates: Shared spaces are $15 for 1 day, $40 for 3 days, and $60 for 5 days. Desks go for $20 for 1 day, $50 for 3 days, and $75 for 5 days. Monthly memberships are $275 for a shared open space and $300 for a shared desk in a private office. Members have access to ten free hours in the conference room, and non-members can rent it for $40 per hour.
Brooklyn Creative League, 540 President St, Gowanus
Vibe: The space was built with smart design and sustainability in mind, so on top of the exposed brick, there’s FSC-certified wood floors and lots of natural light.
Perks: Networking events, free printing, kitchen access with free coffee, discounts on Zipcar and One Medical Group, conference room.
Hours: Members have access from 5am-2am everyday
Rates: If you work part-time, you can get 40 hours for $225 for or an 80-hour package for $350. Full-time spaces are $495 for a six-foot desk or $550-$575 for eight feet of space.
Brooklyn Works at 159, 159 20th St., South Slope
Vibe: Shared spaces are pretty large rooms, with art along the walls
Perks: Unlimited coffee and tea, printing and scanning, conference room hours, mail forwarding, lockable desks
Hours: 24/7 for monthly members, 9am-7pm business days for daily drop-in, can use the space to host your own events
Rates: $475 per month for one-person spaces. Drop-in day passes are $15, with 10 drop-in days available for $100. Conference rooms are available to non-members for $20-30 per hour.
Brooklyn Writers Space, Gowanus, Carroll Gardens
Vibe: These are spots for serious writers. They have three locations–at 185 1st St. in Gowanus, 168 7th St. Gowanus (Room 58), and 286 Court St. in Carroll Gardens–that are only open to writers who have submitted an application demonstrating said seriousness.
Perks: All locations have laser printing and storage
Hours: Full-time members have 24-hour access, while part-time members can come in anytime on weekends and from 6pm-8am (Part-time 1) or 3:30pm-10:30am (Part-time 2) on weekdays.
Rates: Month-to-month memberships are $165, with two part-time weekend and evening plans available for $99 or $121 per month. Quarterly membership is $395 per quarter for full-time members, and $240 or $285 for part-time members. The quarterly prices go down to $365, $220, and $260, respectively, with a six-month commitment.
CoLab Factory, 14 Dekalb Ave. 3rd Fl, Downtown Brooklyn
Vibe: CoLab is sleek yet homey
Perks: Security cameras, a free week of co-working. Monthly membership gives you discounts on regularly held events that are normally $50-$300. With a primo location in Downtown Brooklyn you’re 10 minutes away from Fort Greene Park. Another pro or con of their location is that they’re right across the street from Junior’s Cheesecake. If you’re a stress eater you have been warned. There’s also a summer scholarship for one lucky startup that includes free membership for the months of June, July, and August.
Hours: 24/7 access for members
Rates: $30/day, $400/month, up to $2000 a month for an office of four
The Compound Cowork, 507 Flatbush Ave, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens
Vibe: They aim for “healthy productivity” here, with workspaces built of reclaimed wood and members encouraged to take advantage of the Bikram yoga studios right next door and Prospect Park right across the street.
Perks: Art openings, community gatherings, professional and personal development programming, printing, copying and scanning.
Hours: 24/7 for members
Rates: First-come, first-serve seating is available for $225 per month, while an individual dedicated desk is $375 per month. Conference rooms are available $35 per hour. 8-hour daily access is available for $45.
Coworkrs, 68 3rd Street, Gowanus
Vibe: Coworkrs has a comfortable environment that makes you feel “at home at work”.
Perks: The space, which is 47,000 square feet, has all the necessities one may need, including printers, scanners, kitchen space which coffees and teas, and access to conference rooms which are equipped with Apple TVs and display screens, and several lounge and collaboration areas through our the space. The space has access to two roof decks, which can host events, along with many other amenities including a new weekly microbrew each week from Lost Tribes Brew.
Rates: $45 for a day pass and $450 for a month pass. Private offices start at $800 a month. Additionally, meeting rooms are available for $50 an hour.
Ditmas Workspace, Ditmas Park
Vibe: Ditmas Workspace is much different than your average co-working space. For one, it isn’t inside a giant office building, but inside a home in the glorious neighborhood of Ditmas Park. If you want to work for hours and question your life decisions while being inside a place that reminds you of Grandma’s, this is probably the best fit for you.
Perks: Coffee, tea, plenty of greenery to inspire you and the cozy comfort of working at a place that doesn’t feel like it’s going to suck your soul out of your body.
Rates: $250 a month, you will have to pay up first and last month when you sign up.
DUMBO Startup Lab, 68 Jay Street, DUMBO
Vibe: Loft space with a strong tech startup presence
Perks: Great views of the surrounding neighborhood, kitchen with free coffee and tea, meeting space, access to panels and networking events, printing copying, and scanning, can use the space to host your own events.
Rates: Community membership gets you access to shared workspaces and lounge area for $249 per month, while dedicated membership gets you a personal work station for $429 per month. No day passes.
Freecandy, 905 Atlantic Avenue, Clinton Hill
Vibe: Freecandy is a converted second-floor garage that’s now used as a multi-purpose space that includes a community workspace, photo studio and gallery and a stage.
Perks: Free candy, mail reception, studio, private office, conference room, free coffee.
Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-7pm
Rates: A monthly membership goes for $250 and includes unlimited office, conference room and studio use, plus weekly member events. A daily pass is $25 and includes discounted studio rates.
Green Desk, DUMBO, Downtown Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Greenpoint
Vibe: Green Desk has three locations in DUMBO, one in Long Island City (with two one the way this summer), and one location each in Downtown Brooklyn, Williamsburg, and Greenpoint. Their maze-like layout features a number of different office types, to enclosed glass to ones with exposed brick and lots of natural light.
Perks: Bike storage, conference room, coffee, mail services, cafeteria, outdoor patio, faxing, copying and scanning
Rates: A single shared desk is $299 per month, while a private office is $425. You can rent a single desk for $30/day and conference rooms for $40/hour or $200/day.
IFP Made in New York Media Center, 30 John St, DUMBO
Vibe: Made in NY focuses on creating a community for people in tech and creative professionals with an art gallery, media center, classes and an incubator on premises.
Perks: Monthly networking events, cafe, screening room, education center, media arts gallery
Hours: 9am-7pm on weekdays, 11am-6pm on weekends, members at the Incubator level ($450/month) get access 24-7
Rates: $150 per month gets first-come, first-serve daytime access to desk spaces and 25% off center workshops, seminars, conferences and classes
Industrious, 594 Dean Street, Prospect Heights
Vibe: Three floors of newly renovated glass enclosed conference rooms and private offices mixed with exposed bricks and a neutral palette
Perks: Inside coffee bar and lounge, relaxation rooms, and a hop, skip and a jump away from Barclays
Hours: 24-7 access for members
Rates: desks start at $500, dedicated offices start at $700, private office space starts at $1375
No-Space, 67 West St, Greenpoint
Vibe: Renovated old factory with desks reserved monthly
Perks: Kitchen, lounge, conference room, rent is a tax write-off as the space is a non-profit, and there’s an adjacent gallery that can be used for photoshoots, literary readings and various other creative reasons.
Hours: Members get 24/7 access
Rates: a 5-ft desk is $200, an 8-foot long desk is $300
Nowhere Studio, 1582 Atlantic Ave, Crown Heights
Vibe: The whole space is part someone’s cozy living room, photo studio (with high ceilings) and workspace ideal for visual and design professionals
Perks: membership comes with use of the photo studio, dedicated parking, and rental equipment available
Rates: Starts at $150/month for flex space, $250 for small space, $400 for large desk (built-in bookshelves)
Secret Clubhouse, 117 South 3rd Street, Williamsburg
Vibe: Secret Clubhouse is a room with shared desks, a love for nostalgia with one corner of the kitchen festooned with Care Bears, and old analog computers placed against one wall
Perks: Fully stocked kitchen replete with booze, conference room, free coffee, kitchen and a pool table
Hours: Daily passes are Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, members get 24/7 access
Rates: $25 a day, $500/month
SHARED Brooklyn, 185 Van Dyke Street, Red Hook
Vibe: This renovated warehouse right on the water gets plenty of natural light and uses reclaimed wood salvaged from the renovation.
Perks: Bike racks, free coffee, dog-friendly, $35 conference room for members, $50 conference room for non-members, location right next to Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies and Valentino Park gives the space a great view of New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty, and Lower Manhattan. You can call for a free promotional day pass at 347-927-8141 or you can volunteer in the space for a discounted membership.
Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm for day passes and community memberships, 24/7 access for private office and exclusive desk members
Rates: $30/Day Pass, $225 part-time shared desk (10 days a month), $375 full-time shared desk (5 days a week), $475 dedicated work desk
SPark Workshop Brooklyn, 33 34th Street, Sunset Park
Vibe: SPark is situated in the heart of Sunset Park at the Industry City facilities with 15 private studios ranging from 200 to 400 square foot. This is the coworking space for those who work with their hands. You can be a writer here, but how would you take advantage of their tool shop rigged with enough miter saw and drill presses to make even Jigsaw happy?
Perks: Kitchen, meeting room, locker spaces of 200 cubit feet, 400 square foot classroom space, a wood shop with your necessary table saw and drill press, miter saw, sander, etc; freight elevator and access to the laser cutter
Hours: 5am-1am, private space members have 24/7 access
Rates: $199 a month paid quarterly, shop + storage is $306 every three months, private spaces $710-$1416.
St. Lydia’s, 304 Bond Street, Boerum Hill
Vibe: A converted storefront that’s not a church at all, St. Lydia’s does has strong roots in spirituality and faith with their shared dinner every Sunday and Monday. Some people like their coworking spaces to be about work, and will chit-chat a bit, but are not much for socializing. St. Lydia’s is great for those who want to create relationships in and outside work. You don’t have to be a Christian or even a any kind of believer, but if you want to find a few freelancers to take yoga class with this is the jackpot.
Perks: Free coffee and tea, photocopier and printer
Rates: You can pay what you afford for full-time (3-5 days a week) in the range of $160-$220/month, (1-2 days a week) is $50-$80/month, email them for a free one-day trial
The Bakery, 325 Rutledge Street, Williamsburg
Vibe: Started by a furniture designer and an artist, this space features six studios, some that are standalone as artists’ work space, a combination of desk/and artist space and solely desk spaces. A haven for many designers, illustrators and film pros, the space has a communal room that doubles as a photo studio, meeting place or merely a place to eat.
Perks: Roof garden, and a storefront members can use for events. Pet-friendly.
Rates: $500/month, studio space $600-$800
The Yard, 33 Nassau Ave, Williamsburg
Vibe: Many of the community members are startups and small businesses. The shared desk space is in the lobby with a maze of private suites throughout and original artwork is always on display sometimes from members themselves.
Perks: There’s a receptionist on duty during the weekdays, a bike rack, free coffee, and a security system, recurring art openings
Hours: 24/7 access
Rates: $225/month Monday – Friday for a shared desk. A dedicated desk in a shared office is $325/month, and there are tons more options that get more expensive from there.
The Works, 401 Smith Street, Carroll Gardens Vibe: A converted storefront on Smith Street there’s tons of natural light, exposed red brick walls and a snazzy backyard with a patio. There’s a lounge area with couches that feels more cozy living room than at work. Perks: The backyard has a projector and screen Hours: 24/7 access Rates: $525/month, no day passes available Availability: Low
UPDATE: The Works closed in March 2016!
TheWorkAround, Williamsburg and Bushwick
Vibe: The WorkAround offers freelancing with child care in a supportive environment, reliable Wi-Fi and competent child care providers thusly providing a community for parents to get work done. They don’t have a facility of their own, instead they have a rotation of small businesses, including Videology, they do three-hour work sessions from.
Perks: free coffee and tea, 4:1 child to caretaker ratio, snacks for you and your kid
Hours: Morning sessions are mainly from 9am-12pm with one 1oam-1pm slot, afternoon sessions are from 2:30-5pm
Rates: $25, or $40 depending on location
Availability: Medium, while they have several slots they can only take on eight of your adorable crumb snatchers at a time to ensure your children are giving the attention they deserve.
WeWork, 81 Prospect Street, Dumbo
Vibe: 8 stunning floors of modern & stylish design, colorful accents, leather furniture. There’s beer on tap. Honestly, you’ll feel like you’re co-working on the set of The Social Network.
Perks: There’s unlimited coffee, tea & beer (!) on every floor, glamorous open lounges. On the biz side there’s printing, community managers on-site, and conference rooms open for use. There are also a number of social events held weekly, like networking happy hours and member brunches. That’s right, you heard us: member brunches.
Rates: A $45 flexible monthly membership lets you work in the commons at any WeWork location. Dedicated desks start at $500/month.
Work Heights, 1037 Dean St. and 650 Franklin Ave., Crown Heights
Vibe: Formerly Dean Machine, Work Heights is now a two-location outfit: Dean Machine (1037 Dean St.) remains, and Franklin Electric (650 Franklin Ave.) opened recently. Combined, the two spaces can accommodate 50 members who share a backyard, conference rooms, kitchens, phone booths, and three lounges spread across their two locations, which are a block and a half apart. Dean Machine was the original location and is more intimate and vintage, inspired by its roots as a junkyard. Franklin Electric has a modern look with dynamic natural light and more open spaces. Two vibes, depending on your working style and daily needs.
Perks: Trash collection and cleaning, kitchens, and event space at Franklin.
Rates: $275 per month for flexible membership, $475 and up for dedicated desks.