Many freelancers, startups, small companies and more use coworking spaces as opposed to private offices for a gamut of reasons. The benefits are plentiful. A flexible office space means often cheaper and far more flexible rent, new people with whom to network all the time, and usually a whole slew of modern amenities even beyond cold brew and happy hours.
New York City, in particular, is an optimal place for coworking — there's a coworking space for every type of professional, and you're sure to dig up tons of options.
New Yorkers are spoiled for choice when it comes to flex desks and hot desks. So if you're in the market for an office in a coworking spot or looking for a desk rental, don't sweat it. We've curated 12 of the best desks and offices for rent in New York City.
Upper East Side
1. The Commons
The Commons is just steps from the 4,5,6 and Q trains in the heart of the Upper East Side. The facility boasts two floors of flexible spaces with a wealth of memberships types. There are both private and open-floor desks, so you're sure to find one that fits your needs.
Location: 157 East 86th Street New York, NY 10028
Price: $35/day, $395/month, $550/month with dedicated desk, private offices starting at $895/month
Perks: Secured storage, regularly scheduled events including "Lunch n' Learns" and happy hours, high-speed WiFi, quiet area, conference rooms, phone booths, printing, mail services, freshly ground complimentary coffee from La Colombe, seasonal cold brew
TEEM is a coworking community for all professional individuals — entrepreneurs, small businesses, non-profits and beyond. TEEM focuses on a community in which members can MEET other like-minded and passionate individuals. They all share one common vision, success, and they understand that working alongside and with each other will help them achieve that.
Location: 1463 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10035
Price: $20/day, $200/month, $300/month with dedicated desk, $350-400 with semi-private dedicated desk, private offices starting at $1,200/month
Perks: Super fast Wi-Fi, conference rooms, cafe area, lounge area, printer/scanner, storage lockers, mail, on-site events and kitchen with refreshments, tea, espresso and snacks, printer/scanner
Hours: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday-Friday, closed Saturday-Sunday
Workville is just steps from Times Square Penn Station, Grand Central and all major NYC subways, trains and buses, which makes it an ideal spot for commuters. The space boasts move-in ready offices and shared spaces, as well as three outdoor terraces. Small businesses and startups alike tend to call Workville home.
Location: 1412 Broadway, 21st Floor, New York, NY 10018
Price: $49/day, $500/month, $700/month with a dedicated desk in a private office, private offices starting at $1,500
Perks: High-speed Wi-Fi, printing, tech assistance, 24/7 doorman, luxury rooftop lounge, outdoor space, lounges and cafe spaces, art gallery, pop-up lunches and member events
Lower East Side
4. The Yard
The Yard in an industrial-style space with private offices and dedicated desks all overlooking downtown NYC. The space also has a roof deck among other common spaces, private penthouse offices and more. Members can enjoy after-hours networking events in the common areas, as well.
Location: 85 Delancey Street
Price: $35/day, $295/month, $400/month with a dedicated desk, private offices for $550/month
Perks: Art gallery, bike storage, pets, coffee and tea, in-house cafe, penthouse offices, printing, on-site fitness and health events
Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, closed Saturday-Sunday
WeWork has a number of locations, but the Flatiron location is just steps from Madison Square Park. The office spans four light-drenched floors that welcome tech startup, entertainment execs, established marketing and creative agencies and more. The location is conveniently located to the 1, 2, C, E, F, N, Q, R and W trains, as well as the Path Train to New Jersey.
Location: 125 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10010
Price: hot desk for $550/month, private offices starting at $2,470/month
Perks: Cleaning services, phone booths, fresh fruit water, conference rooms, printing, high-speed Wi-Fi, micro-roasted coffee, on-site events, common areas
Hours: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, closed Saturday-Sunday
6. Green Desk
Green Desk also has a number of locations, including this one in DUMBO (or Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass as it’s known). It's located between the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge, a close walk to Brooklyn Bridge Park. The neighborhood is known as the center of the Brooklyn tech-triangle, as DUMBO is home to 25 percent of NYC's tech firms with over 500 tech-based businesses within the 10-block radius. So members can expect to find a lot of techies in this Green Desk location.
Location: 155 Water Street Brooklyn, NY 11201
Price: $30/day, $199/month with dedicated desk, private offices starting at $299/month
Perks: Printing, conference rooms, high-speed Wi-Fi, mail and packaging services, office cleanings, kitchen stocked with fresh coffee and fruit water, lounge access, pets
Williamsburg is a hub for creatives and entrepreneurs, many of whom work every day from a desk at Workspace. The open, wood-accented office space gives off an inviting but professional feel. Members can enjoy the many amenities and take part in after-hours social events on site.
Location: 5 Devoe St, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Price: $25/day, $120/six-day pass for a month $350/month
Perks: Coffee, water, Wi-Fi, printing, faxing, scanning, conference rooms, on-site events
Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, closed Saturday-Sunday
Located one block from the Greenpoint Avenue stop on the G train, PencilWork is ideal for Manhattaners and Brooklynites alike. The coworking spot offers one of the most pocket-friendly day rates in the city, and there are private offices available, as well. Members come for the workspace and stay for the discounts with local businesses.
Location: 61 Greenpoint Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11222
Price: Starting at $12.95/day, offices for $995/month
Perks: Conference rooms, networking events, partnerships with local businesses, coffee, tea
Hours: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, closed Saturday-Sunday
BKYLN Commons is more than a coworking space. Joining BKYLN Commons means becoming a member of the community. The location is just between the historic Woodhull Medical Center and the M and J train for easy commuting.
Location: 7 Marcus Garvey Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Price: $200/month, $300/month with a dedicated desk, private offices for $400/month
Perks: Samsung Smart TV, Apple TV, whiteboard, HD Voice Conference Phone, fully stocked kitchen, common lounge area, high-speed Wi-Fi, printing and scanning services
The culture of the Brooklyn Creative League stands on twin pillars: community and collaboration. The coworking space offers a regular schedule of events, lunches, happy hours, workshops and industry working groups so members can build relationships based on shared interests, knowledge and trust. They also get discounts to a wealth of appealing partner businesses.
Location: 540 President Street, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Price: $250/month for 40 hours with flex desk, $375 for 80 hours with flex desk, $495/month for unlimited flex desk, private desks starting at $525/month, private offices starting at $1,800/month
Perks: High-speed Wi-Fi, printing, conference rooms, soundproof rooms, phone booths, mailboxes and mail services, locally brewed coffee and tea, snacks, quarterly art receptions, weekly potlucks, and member discounts with partners like Zipcar, CitiBike, One Medical, Brooklyn Nets, Blink Fitness and more
11. Create NY Space
If you've ever woken up and said, "I wish I could be more productive in my living room," Create NY Space is for you. This uber-chill coworking space in Astoria is made to feel like your living room. Except it's a living room in which you can actually get things done.
Location: 35-18 37th Street, Astoria, NY 11101
Price: $20/day, monthly memberships starting at $95
Perks: Wi-Fi, workstations, huddle room, coffee, snacks, entrepreneur growth classes, member art shows, networking events and happy hours, and discounts on member private event rentals
Hours: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday-Friday, closed Saturday-Sunday
Long Island City
Spaces is situated in the heart of New York’s thriving arts community, in a burgeoning creative neighborhood. Long Island City is full of culture with more art institutes than any other neighborhood in the city. For that matter, expect to find tons of artists and creative types in this space.
Location: 31-00 47th Avenue, 3rd Floor New York City, New York 11101
Price: $300/month, $429/month with dedicated desk, private offices starting at $829/month
Perks: Conference rooms, Wi-Fi, whiteboards, food and beverage services, lounges, common areas, kitchen
AnnaMarie Houlis is a multimedia journalist and an adventure aficionado with a keen cultural curiosity and an affinity for solo travel. She's an editor by day and a travel blogger at HerReport.org by night.