It was 2013 and I was just about to leave my corporate job at The Clinton Foundation to work full-time as a freelancing consultant. I remember going through a mix of emotions then - excited, nervous, scared and totally uncertain of how my new business was actually going to pan out. There was lots to set up and plan, with one of the biggest things being "where was I going to work from!?" Our apartment at the time was spacious but not large enough to house a desk and work space conducive to get much done. Fortuitously enough, I was invited by Live Grey to attend an event at a yet-to-open space named Neuehouse. As soon as I arrived at this event and took one look at the space I knew this was the right spot to get started in.
When it opened in late 2013, I was among the first to receive membership to this five level warm and modern industrial work space. With floors for open coworking, dedicated desks, private offices, a cozy lounge (with fireplaces), screening rooms and more, I opted to sign up for the open coworking or "gallery space" if you will. It was hands down, one of the best decisions I have ever made for my business.
The beauty of these coworking spaces (other than for Neuehouse's physical interior beauty) is the feeling of being among others as one pursues their entrepreneurial endeavors. I would honestly have gone stir crazy and been a bit bored had I opted to stay at home and work. The constant comings and goings in the space kept me energized and excited about the work and business at hand. It was honestly worth every penny and I highly recommend everyone who is considering getting a space to make the leap, esp. into something as visually inspiring as Neuehouse.
Coworking spaces can now (esp. in NYC) be found on basically every corner. But, not all are considered the same. Neuehouse has a special curated style of events and panels available to their members that I feel is truly unparalleled. This supplemental programming was a bonus to the standard membership that is available for all members. In the two years I was there highlights of some of the programming I attend was Arianna Huffington's book launch for "Thrive", a panel with Milton Glaser on the current state of design and a conversation with Charlie Rose and Alyssa Mastromonaco about working with President Obama and private tours at Frieze Art Fair or Richard Serra installations in Chelsea, for example. If learning and developing is also important to you and your business, do seek out a spot that has some events and lectures that are of specific interest to you and your industry.
And finally, the overall vibe was really inspiring to be around as I trodded through work day after day. Designed by The Rockwell Group, this industrial yet cozy interior was something that I always felt excited to be in (I think, step 1 in actually want to come to work!). Make sure that whatever spot you're choosing has the things that are of need for you - these could be reserveable meeting rooms, private phone booths, dedicated desks, lounge space, food/drink, etc. I used Neuehouse as a multi-purpose space (for work and for my own lectures/workshops) as well as for breakfast business meetings. Gotta love a one stop shop!
I have however left the space as I live a bit outside of the city, but do love coming into Neuehouse (which now has a Hollywood outpost for you west-coasters) when I can. Some other coworking spots in NYC that are also up there on the top of my list are Blender Workspace (in Flatiron) and Spring Place (in lower Soho) which are both pictured below. A bit of a smaller and more chill vibe, but nice looking and great to be in, nonetheless. Happy coworking!!!