As of July 11th, The Summer Coworking Challenge with Loosecubes has ended.
I couldn’t let the Loosecubes’ #loosesummer Coworking Challenge end without Coworking in my home borough of Brooklyn. Actually when I started booking spaces during the challenge, I pick out two spots in Brooklyn for end of the month (June). I am glad I did this because I ended up having to cut my little journey short (an opportunity came up that I couldn’t past up – details to come in the near future).
The first of the two locations was Greenpoint Coworking in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn. Despite the little bus detour, I was able to find my way no problem. In fact the bus lets me off just a few steps from the door. I went on the Thursday right before the 4th of July holiday and to my surprise it was pretty empty. Other then me, there was the host Sara, her the dog “Sushi” and Pete (a regular, I believe that was his name). I guess people had already started their vacations. That was fine by me because I was working so I could stick to my no working on holiday’s rule.
Sara was very welcoming as was Sushi. Many thanks goes out to my BFF who start the progress of me getting over my fear of dogs. Besides running the Greenpoint Coworking space, Sara is also a the Founder and President of a web design company called Command C. How rocking is that! Come to think of it this is the first Coworking space I have been to where the owner is a woman. Are they usually founded and owned by men? Are there any other locations that have woman as founders/owners? I may need to look into that.
Anyway, the place was nice and colorful. I don’t know if there’s a connection between how productive you are and bright color paint but it does get the creative juices flowing. They have the nicest bathroom I have ever seen and there is also an kitchen area. You can choose from two spaces to work from, a table that sits about 4 people and then a long desk along the window so you can people watch while you work.
On the day I went it was so nice outside so instead of having my lunch delivered, I went and pick it up. The surrounding neighborhood is beautiful. There was a nice sized park on the way to get my food. I loved the feel and layout of the the place. The price is also great ($25/drop in day rate) and with a membership you get perks. Such as classes and select services at a discount. It’s a real community vibe going on over there.
Greenpoint Coworking is definitely a place you need to check out. Don’t care if you aren’t from Brooklyn. The commute will be worth it.
Cost of Coworking at Greenpoint Coworking*: $4.50
Cost of running Operation CoWork (as of 6/28/12): $54.00
*As a part of the Loosecubes Summer Challenge, I was able to check out this location free of charge, so cost only includes transportation.