I am really excited for these next few entries in my Operation Cowork experiment. Last week I was thinking to myself that it was time for another one especially before it get extremely cold here in New York. I decided to hit up two more local libraries and that’s when I came across news about JellyWeek 2012. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term, Jelly is a casual workspace where everyone’s invited. Some meetups may take place in someone’s home, local coffee shops or in as this case a weeklong meetup at CoWorking spaces worldwide.
This post is coming to you live from Bitmap Creative Labs in the East Williamsburg area of Brooklyn. They held three FREE days as part of JellyWeek (Monday 16th – Wednesday 18th). I only been to Bitmap once before for a meetup and bookmark it as a place that I must return to. JellyWeek gave me that reason. I moved my “office” to Bitmap for two days (Tuesday & Wednesday). It was a vast difference from working at a library. For one it was quieter and it gave me that feeling that I think I been missing – working around others like me. Working from home is great but at some point you miss just being around other people.
Bitmap is pretty cool and a nice size. There are desks, tables and conference rooms and unlike a library there is a kitchen (there is one library that has a cafe, I was there this past weekend and will feature it soon). You have pretty much everything you would need to get your work done. The internet connection was good so I could put in couple of solid hours of work with no problems. Despite the delays from “construction work” being done by the MTA, the total travel time wasn’t too mad – just about 44 minutes for me on a normal day.
I wish I knew about JellyWeek earlier so I could have scouted out more places but I would definitely recommend checking out Bitmap if you live in Brooklyn or not far from East Williamsburg. If you feel like I do, traveling into the city can be a hassle and you only go if you must. So having a place in Brooklyn (other than home) to work from is great, especially when you need a grownup place. Bitmap Creative Labs is located at 300 Graham Ave. and the B43 and the L train are close by.
Cost of Coworking at Bitmap Creative Labs*: $9
Cost of running Operation CoWork (as of 1/18/12): $13.50
*Since the days I work from Bitmap were free the cost only includes transportation.