Trading Spaces: Finding Creative Work Space in Union Square
Looking for a new space to grow your business but want to escape the daily grind of a traditional office? Sprinkled throughout the Union Square - 14th Street neighborhood are a diverse array of coworking and shared spaces. So whether you’re a small business seeking a home base, a freelancer on the move, an event organizer looking for a polished space to host that special client meeting, or you simply need to escape the office to keep your productivity high – there’s certainly a space for you.
For special Meetings & Events
Capital One Bank (853 Broadway at 14th Street and Broadway): Capital One Bank reinvents the bank experience by combining their full banking services in a unique coffee shop-meeting space environment. Located directly across Union Square Park, the three-story, 12,000 square-foot spot has booths, each equipped with charging outlets and free wifi, and ample seating for respites or small meetings. The location also includes a large open room for public meetings and gatherings. Capital One Bank at Union Square is committed to the local community, going above and beyond by hosting customer appreciation events. The next time you’re strolling in Union Square Park, remember to grab a coffee from Peet’s Café and then head inside.
Project Farmhouse (76 East 13th Street between Broadway and 4th Avenue): Finding sleek meeting spaces for an annual event or high-profile client meeting can be tricky for startups and smaller businesses. Project Farmhouse, a beautifully designed event space owned and operated by GrowNYC – the organization behind the Greenmarket at Union Square Park - opened last year. The 3,500-square foot space has built in A/V systems, a conference room, a full kitchen, and can host up to 240 people. Booking your event at this sustainably designed space is also tax deductible. GrowNYC invests the rental space proceeds back into their environmental education programs.
Kellogg's NYC (31 East 17th Street): The beloved cereal company Kellogg's opened their flagship NYC cafe right in the heart of Union Square. The 5,000-square foot space has a lofted ceiling with stunning floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Union Square Park. Each corner of the open space is uniquely designed with comfy seating and coffee tables to create cozy nooks and corners. With a full coffee menu, a pour-your-own cereal bar, and free wifi, it's a perfect spot for coffee meetings. Other special features of the space include a ping pong table, hanging chairs, and a disco ball. The space is available for special events and can be flexiblely rearranged for a variety of occassions, from breakfast conferences to cocktail parties and birthdays. Kellogg's provides a full range of cereal, snacks, and beverage options for events as well.
For flexible Working Space
Breather: With a similar platform to AirBnB, users can browse rental office and meeting spaces geographically and book spaces by the hour, day, or monthly. The spaces are perfectly sized with tables and flexible seating for a range of uses, so they’re perfect for groups and workshops. Around the greater Union Square-14th Street neighborhood, there are about 17 spaces in a range of sizes available from $47/hour to $275/hour. Breather also offers 500+ locations across 10 cities worldwide.
Spacious: Tapping into underutilized spaces across the city, Spacious teams with restaurants and bars to utilize their spaces while they sit empty during daytime. Similarly to many cafes, Spacious ensures each space is equipped with the basic amenities for productivity – high speed wifi, fresh coffee and tea, outlets, and ample seating. Their membership plans are flexible and allow you to access spaces across the city. Here in Union Square, Corkbuzz at 13 East 13th Street and Aldea 13 West 17th Street are both participating.
For your Coworking Needs
WeWork (33 Irving Place): Synonymous with coworking, WeWork is perhaps the most visible coworking service in New York City. Their Union Square location occupies several floors and offers a range of flexible work space, small to mid-sized offices, phone booths, and large and small conference rooms. Their friendly on-site staff offer personalized support and each floor is outfitted with a coffee bar. WeWork has two other locations just steps away from Union Square at 88 University Place between 11th and 12th Street and at 18 West 18th Street.
City Space Suites (817 Broadway between 11th and 12th Streets): Just two blocks south of Union Square Park, City Space Suites operates two floors of turn-key offices with temporary private offices, fully furnished offices, or full executive suites. City Space Suites provides all the amenities and services of a world-class office, making your move and transition seamless.
Knotel (5-9 Union Square West): Located in a loft-style building right in the epicenter of Union Square, Knotel offers 23,000-square feet of shared office space over two floors with all the amenities and services of a high-quality shared office, plus a terrace. Knotel offers flexible lease terms to firms and businesses.
Industrious (215 Park Avenue South): Occupying the 11th and 12th floors of 215 Park Avenue South, the sun-filled coworking space includes a variety of flexible seating, small private offices, conference rooms, and phone booths. Additional perks with membership include unlimited free printing, craft coffee and pastries, and relaxation rooms.
Spark Labs Union Square (833 Broadway): Specializing in small tech businesses and entrepreneurs, Spark Labs fosters a professional community among members of their coworking space. Unique perks include access to a mentorship network, professional networking workshops, and special discounts with other marketing and technology services to keep your small business productive.