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

New Work City

New Work City

The backstory: Founder Tony Bacigalupo calls it the “elder statesman” of New York coworking because even though New Work City moved into its existing location two years ago, he started offering versions of the space with others in 2007. A Kickstarter campaign raised $17,000, which helped it establish its current space.

New Work City 2What we liked: New Work City is one of the more open spaces in the city — members don’t need to apply, and it places a premium on cultivating a welcoming community. Among its regular events is a simulcast of the NY Tech Meetup and, if you can’t get a ticket to the live event (or even if you can), New Work City provides a more relaxed alternative with tubs of beer.

What we didn’t like: Compared to a few other spaces, New Work City’s digs are more humble. Some of the furniture has seen better days and, while I was there, the kitchen was under renovation. (I’m told its now complete.) Also, closing time seems to vary from day to day, depending on when the last person with a key chooses to leave.

The people: 
Tech startups represent a good chunk of New Work City’s community, but it also includes journalists, accountants and other independent workers. Members include Y Combinator-backed SmartAsset, emerging art startup UGallery, and guitar teaching app Instinct. Alums include TechStars graduates Dispatch, TimeHop and Red Rover.