Office Space News
Published January 19th, 2011 by Jennifer LeClaire
DeskWanted.com reports the number of coworking spaces in the U.S. doubled in 2010 to about 650 locations. Well, the expansion is already starting again in 2011 with the opening of Greenpoint Coworking in Brooklyn.
Greenpoint CoWorking offers what it calls “communal workspace for independent workers.” The company’s self-stated goal is to build and nourish community in a “beautiful and professional environment” while fostering individual work.
Greenpoint CoWorking is inviting Brooklyn workers to drop in and say hello. The first month of coworking office space is free at 240 Norman Avenue in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Sara Bacon, owner of COMMAND C design, LLC, launched Greenpoint CoWorking as a means to an end to the isolation and lack of sharing she was experiencing as a creative professional working alone from a home office. After six years of isolation, she decided to alleviate the pain for herself and others.
“I decided to start GPCW because there are so many incredible, talented people, especially in Brooklyn, who spend day after day working from home without interaction with one another and therefore no sense of community,” Bacon says. “I love working for myself and running a business, but I felt a huge void at the lack of information and social sharing that happens when you’re part of a studio or firm. I needed to find a solution to this problem for myself and so many others I know who share this issue.”
Greenpoint CoWorking offers high-speed, wireless Internet access, inkjet printer/scanner/fax machine, free coffee, tea, snacks, full kitchen, dedicated deskspace, communal deskspace for drop ins and client meetings, a lounge area with a chalkboard wall and Fatboys, a space to share your collateral, a library with books, and last, but not least—a cute dog.
You can choose a cubicle or a private office space and secure storage, and a phone system. You can also get discounts from allied businesses on various services, from bookkeeping to social media consulting to business coaching. The cost? $25 to drop in. Community members pay $50 a month, plus $10 a day for each day of use. And dedicated community members pay $350 a month with a six-month commitment.