It can be a challenge to stay connected and productive while you’re on the road. Sure, it’s easier than ever to work remotely thanks to laptops, smartphones and reliable Wi-Fi, but if you actually want to be productive, you still need to find somewhere you can actually work — preferably someplace with the right resources and an environment.
Hotel business centers are still an option, but they tend not the most comfortable spaces — if your hotel has one at all. Just holing up in a hotel room is an option, too, although some hotels have done away with the big in-room desk. You can always try to find a good coffee shop, too, but it can be hard to find a free table, and any time you get up to use the bathroom or refill your cup, you risk losing your seat (or your laptop).
Fortunately, there’s another option: co-working spaces. Exploding in prominence over the past decade or so, co-working spaces are essentially shared office spaces for road warriors, freelancers, digital nomads and startups. More secure than coffee shops and equipped with everything you need to get your work done, co-working spaces are the latest and greatest way to manage when you’re away from your regular desk.
Meanwhile, there’s a wide range of co-working spaces. From affordable local haunts to beautiful luxury spaces at the top of the city, there’s a space for any budget and need. Here are some of our favorites in New York City, perfect for a free day before heading home, or for hunkering down between meetings.
Each space has different access rules, membership, day-pass options and prices. If you’re only in town for a little while or only need a space for a couple hours between meetings, you might just be looking for the closest and most convenient space. In that case, the best way to find and gain access to a co-working space is through Croissant, an app that connects users to nearby co-working seats in 10 cities.
Croissant offers monthly plans that include a certain number of hours at participating spaces, but also includes the option to pay hourly. You can open the app and search by location and amenities, then browse the available spaces. You can even reserve a seat.
Blender Workspace, 135 Madison Avenue, Manhattan
Blender Workspace offices a perfect balance of comfort, style and functionality, presenting a deliberate and curated atmosphere plus services above and beyond just a seat and desk.
When you first walk into Blender’s space, you’ll notice the art on the walls, a sign that it considers its workspace more than just a place to work. Blender creates, in essence, a productive gallery space. An in-house art curator brings in new pieces every few months. A large cafe-style area offers members and visitors places to sit, work, eat or chat. Coffee, tea and water are complimentary, with other specials occasionally available.
Like most co-working spaces, Blender offers a mix of offices and open desks. Offices can accommodate up to six people, while dedicated desks offer a place to return to day after day and feature lockers. Day passes include access to the cafe space, where there’s ample seating, as well as use of Wi-Fi and printer services.
The cafe also doubles as an event space. Various events, generally held after regular business hours, are open to all members and previous day-pass visitors. Past events have included wellness-focused activities like yoga or meditation, presentations from executives at major companies like Deloitte or Google and even a performance by a 22-piece jazz orchestra.
Blender offers conference rooms to rent, a great option for a visitor to town looking for a place to host clients or candidates.