Whether you’re a freelancer or the founder of a start-up, getting stuff done in an environment that spurs creativity is essential. Over the past few years, co-working spaces have grown in popularity and they are popping up all over the Harlem neighborhood—ultimately uniting the creatives that reside in the community. Co-working spaces are places where you can get sh*t done all while connecting with likeminded individuals—whether it’s while you’re at your designated desk finishing up a project or at a super dope event that is being hosted by the space. Not to mention, who doesn’t want an everlasting supply of coffee, tea, and other refreshments while tackling their to-do list for the day. If you’re looking for a chill spot in Harlem to get some work work work work work done (cue Rihanna) we’ve got you covered. Check out our list of the three best co-working spaces in the neighborhood.
Located in the heart of East Harlem, TEEM CoWorking was designed specifically with entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, small businesses, and non-profits in mind. It prides itself on fostering a collaborative environment in efforts to connect individuals who have similar interests. Whether you’re someone who needs privacy to get your work done or someone who’s productivity goes through the roof in an open environment, TEEM CoWorking offers private office spaces, semi-private offices, and open area seating. They also offer monthly events that feature tips to help entrepreneurs flourish. Learn more about TEEM CoWorking here.
The Price: Day passes at TEEM are priced at $20. They also offer a flex membership, which includes 15 visits, for $200 per month. For small startups they are offering double person suites for $1200 per month and triple person suites for $1,800. Most of the events held at TEEM are free.99!
The Perks: While getting work done at TEEM, everyone has access to the kitchen, lounge, and refreshments. The bigger the package that you purchase, the more perks you get—including complementary conference room time and office furniture. All members of TEEM receive exclusive access and benefits from their partners which include Microsoft, B&H, Subway, and Zipcar.
Nestled in Central Harlem, Harlem Garage, has become a prime location for innovators in the neighborhood. The space, which boasts a garage-like exterior, serves as both a work facility and a community space. Harlem Garage has a vast network of freelancers, entrepreneurs, and creatives. It’s known as the “creative hub for Harlem.” The space hosts meetups, networking events, and classes in efforts to help their members with business growth. In the past, they’ve used their space to host the Sugar Hill Market. Learn more about Harlem Garage here.
The Price: Harlem Garage offers very affordable passes and packages. A day pass is priced at $15. The full membership, which is dubbed their “valet” package, is $300. They also have flex packages where you can buy daily passes in bundles —5 passes are $60, 10 passes are $120, and 20 passes are $225. All of the passes have to be used within 3 months.
The Perks: No matter what pass or package that you purchase, all of Harlem Garage’s members have their choice of an available workspace, access to the kitchenette with unlimited coffee, and access to the space’s Verizon FiOs internet. If you’re a “valet” member, other perks include a client meeting space and a business mailing address.
Creative Workspace @ HBA
Ever since its inception in 1980, the Harlem Business Alliance has evolved into a go-to source for entrepreneurs in Harlem—aiding them with their business development. In 2013 HBA opened the Creative Workspace; the first co-working facility in the neighborhood. The space, which is located on HBA’s ground floor at 275 Lenox Avenue, provides an innovative environment where entrepreneurs can meet and collaborate. The bright space boasts private conference rooms, 45″ flat screen monitors, laptops and high-powered desktops, and lockers and storage space for its members. Creative Workspace also offers several events for entrepreneurs including workshops centered on business planning and power networking forums.
The Price: A day pass at Creative Workspace will cost you $20. A monthly pass is priced at $300. If you’re looking to purchase a designated desk it will cost you between $350 and $400.
The Perks: Aside from the dope office space, some of the perks of working at Creative Workspace include the equipment that is provided —several flat screen monitors, laptops and desktops, high speed Wi-Fi, video conferencing and wall projectors—access to the kitchenette that comes equipped with a coffee machine, and the opportunity to network with like-minded creatives in the neighborhood.