Another day, another desk: GigaOM tests out New York’s coworking spaces

Hive at 55


The backstory: Part of a Mayor Bloomberg-backed initiative, the Hive at 55 opened in 2009 to bring an affordable workspace to small businesses and startups. It was also launched with the hope of bringing new industries to the finance-heavy downtown neighborhood.

Hive 2What we liked: This is one of the cheaper options available, and it offers a wide range of pricing packages — from day rates to part- and full-time options to private office rentals. The 4,000 square foot space is one of the smaller coworking spaces out there, but it didn’t feel cramped.

What we didn’t like: Its lower Manhattan location means that it’s isolated from the city’s more robust tech hubs and not so likely to get a casual visit from a local VC or established entrepreneur. Also, while some say they’ve been able to learn from other workers in the space, other folks I met indicated less interest in the kind of active networking that happens in other coworking spaces.

The people:
You won’t find the city’s most attention-seeking startups here, but it does host a combination of startups, like travel video startup TripFilm and digital creative agency Inart Design Works, as well as remote employees of companies based outside the city.