The sharing economy is about more than finding your own health insurance and funding your own 401k. It’s also about being independent while networking with other entrepreneurs to discover new ways of sharing workspaces that promote collaboration and creativity. Here are some co-working spaces doing things right in Dumbo.
DUMBO Startup Lab (DSL) is committed to helping entrepreneurs become part of a vibrant community of like-minded individuals in a welcoming loft space. They offer flexible plans for everything from individuals just needing a desk to groups brainstorming huge projects. DSL is located at 68 Jay Street and gives members access and amenities that include a kitchen space with free water, coffee, and tea, as well as hosting events, panels, and meet-ups for up-and-comers.
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This space sharing company has three Dumbo locations (68 Jay Street, 195 Plymouth Street, and 155 Water Street), is pet friendly, and features a host of extras, including outdoor patio space, mail and package delivery, and bike storage.
WeWork DUMBO Heights | Scott B. via Yelp
This co-working space at 81 Prospect Street offers a full suite of amenities, as well as such important extras as community leaders, private phone booths, and weekly events. It is part of a larger network that stretches from NYC to Amsterdam to Tel Aviv.
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Another co-working space at 68 Jay Street was designed by Modern Anthology to be professional but easy going. It is ideal for creatives and people in the media and offers perks like ping pong, bar, Nespresso, fridge, microwave, and kitchen in its common areas.
Made in New York Media Center by IFP | Yuji Fujita via Facebook
Made in NY Media Center by IFP
This workspace at 30 John Street is dedicated to supporting and connecting the next generation of creative entrepreneurs. It’s a multi-disciplinary creative space with over 20,000 square feet and came about as a direct results of the partnership between the Independent Film Project and the Mayor’s Office of Media and Development and the NYC Economic Development Corporation.