Coworking spaces could be the first outposts of the innovation economy. If that’s the case, the opening of two new coworking spaces in Brooklyn may be further evidence of the expansion of tech’s footprint in the borough.
Obviously, coworking spaces are not exclusively tech, but there’s no question that freelancers of all sorts are entrepreneurial fellow-travelers.
At the Northside Innovation Festival we learned about BrooklynDesks, a new Bushwick space that has quietly opened. Arielle Burnham, its manager, confirmed the space now has tenants, but it has not yet hosted a real grand opening.
We’ll follow up on this story to get more information about the space. But based on the floor plan shown at their booth and information on their website, it sounds like a site with a lot of room. BrooklynDesks is not requiring leases or early termination fees. It is located at Wyckoff and Willoughby, near Maria Hernandez Park.
Meanwhile, in Crown Heights, a small, desk-only space is looking for tenants. Dean Machine at 1037 Dean St. has advertised on Craigslist for desks in the 800 sq. ft. space. Sam Strauss-Malcolm, a consulting fashion designer, lives upstairs from the space, and converted the downstairs to make it happen. He’s looking for people who will commit to stay at least six months. He wants to build a community. Eight spots are available for $425 per month. The space has a garden.
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