Heather Rae Hatton is finishing business school and working as a commercial real estate broker. She’s been living in her four-bedroom East Williamsburg apartment for 10 years and recently working out of coffee shops.
But, like so many others in similar positions have found, it’s unsatisfying and noisy, and so she took the logical step: Turning her apartment into a free and open-to-the-public coworking space.
“It’s just my apartment, but it’s big,” Hatton explained in an interview. She’s named the space Club 157. “I’ve gone to a bunch of coworking spaces around the city, which is cool but not as comfy as my home.”
Last week a guy who runs a database of subway performers stopped by to work, as did a fellow real estate broker.
“I’m also just finishing school for business so I figured that maybe I can also help people and learn their best practices if they’ve been successful with any initiatives,” she explained. “It makes me more productive and it’s interesting to know what other people are doing and how they’re building their own businesses.”
And her roommates? They’re cool with it, she said.
“I figure people are only seeking this kind of thing if they’re serious about what they’re doing and have stuff to get done.”
To get in someone just has to contact Hatton and say when they think they’ll be by. She said they can email firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up for her Meetup group.