Be Productive and Meet Friends at Local Coworking Spaces
If you work remotely or run your own business, you’ll love these hip Hudson Valley workspaces.
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Coworking spaces are on the rise in the Hudson Valley. Freelancers flock to them for a structured space to work, side-giggers stop by to get their hustle on after regular business hours, and entrepreneurs settle in to focus on expanding passion projects. The budding trend is hardly a surprise. As remote work days become more common and solopreneurs command local markets, the need for communal spaces that accommodate a variety of workers grows.
The shared centers (we see you, WeWork) are a dream for independent workers who crave a community environment or for freelancers who need a break from the coffee shop lifestyle. Locally, the Hudson Valley boasts a number of cool, communal spots that are a dream for productive days out of office. Try one out and get your #sidehustle going strong.
418 Broadway, Albany
Rates: $25/day, monthly membership starts at $150/month
An extension of the original Beahive in Beacon, the Albany location opened in 2012 in scenic downtown Albany. It’s in the heart of SUNY Albany territory, which means it’s an optimal base for graduates and entrepreneurs in the area. On Thursdays, take a break to stroll to the farmers market down the street or go on a walk along the Hudson River. Beahive Albany boasts many of the same perks as the Beacon original, which makes it one of the best coworking options in town.
150 State St, Albany
Rates: $40/day, $200/six days, $400/month
Helmed by the owner of the Troy Innovation Garage coworking site in Troy, Bull Moose Club is the newest coworking space to call Albany home. It’s right next to the State Capitol building and surrounded by an abundance of parks, museums, and restaurants. Whether you visit for a day or sign up for a monthly membership, you can tap into the lounge and meeting areas, the WiFi, the printing options, and, most importantly, the unlimited coffee.
Starting this FRIDAY (7/6) Colab will be (soft) open for business! What does this mean? We have floors, walls, WiFi, most of our furniture, a certificate of occupancy, functioning bathrooms, and A NEED TO SUCCEED • Coworking at @colab_alb will be FREE for the entire month of July while we get the rest of our ducks in a row. Bear with our work-in-progress, enjoy the space, meet new people, get some work done—this month’s on us. More info coming soon! #colabalbany #coworking #albanyny #freemonth #dothehustle
488 Broadway, Albany
Rates: $20/day, $200/month
A newcomer to the burgeoning Albany coworking scene, CoLab is a hip, colorful spot on Broadway designed with creative innovators in mind. The project is manned by Tyler Wrightson, the co-owner of Stacks Espresso in Albany. Members and daily users have full access to the interior, which is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. As for amenities, CoLab boasts WiFi, printing, secure shredding, a kitchen, and charging accessories. Larger groups can meet in a private room and make use of the projector, screen, and speakers. On a larger scale, the 3,000 sq. ft. locale is available for event and room rentals.
50 Hudson Ave, Chatham
Rates: $29/day, $350/month
Chatham Coworker is just as picturesque and cozy as you’d imagine a coworking space in Chatham would be. The airy spot blends colorful couches with smooth wood tables and eye-catching prints to create a zone that inspires. Drop in for the day to use the WiFi, printing, scanning, copying, and free coffee and tea. Monthly members get all that, plus a dedicated space, a chair or standing desk, 24/7 access, and lockable storage.
291 Main St, Beacon
Rates: $25/day, monthly membership starts at $140/month
A leader in the Hudson Valley coworking world, Beahive opened back in May 2009 to cater to the artsy community that was fast flocking to town. Nearly a decade later, the community workspace continues to thrive inside the striking 1907 Bell Telephone building. The Soho House-style edifice charms with a medley of private and community spots and lounge areas that are scattered between exposed brick walls. In terms of benefits, members can make use of the WiFi, laser printers, kitchen, books and magazines, whiteboards, projector, and lockers. Arguably the best part of the Beahive, however, are the member networking opportunities and community event discounts. Coffee breaks and community drawing, anyone?
6571 Spring Brook Ave, Rhinebeck
Rates: $30/day, community $25/month, part-time $150/month, full-time $250/month
With its open, conference room layout and colorful interior, CO is a welcoming retreat for lone workers or small startup groups. The cozy wood walls house ample space for coworking, meetings, and events for community members. As far as amenities go, CO has WiFi, phone booths, and a kitchen. Look out for business and networking meetings, which the business announces on its Facebook page, as well.
1131 Rte 55, Lagrangeville
Rates: start at $99/month
Tucked on the side of Route 55 in Lagrangeville, NY Workspaces is a great pick for telecommuting parents or professionals who need a quiet place to work away from home. It’s right across the street from Arlington High School and just down the road from Daily Planet and Planet Fitness, which means food and fitness are within easy reach. Private, shared, and conference rooms are available based on need. As always, WiFi is included in the membership.
280 Rte 211 E, Middletown
Rates: start at $100/month
Although Orange County has yet to fully jump on the coworking bandwagon, it dips its toes in the water with WorkPlace Club in Middletown. The colorful update on a traditional office setting has an attractive low monthly cost and plentiful desk options. Anyone who joins has access to the printer, copier, fax, conference room, kitchen, and lounge.
30 3rd St, Troy
As the names suggests, Tech Valley is geared toward techy individuals, although makers and entrepreneurs of all backgrounds are welcome to visit. Coworkers can move between the main coworking room and the community room during the day or reserve the board room for private meetings. WiFi, laser printing, computer workstations, and a kitchen are included in the space, while an abundance of restaurants and coffee shops lie just outside of it. As an added bonus, the makerspace also houses spots for 3D printing, laser cutting, fiber arts, welding, and more. A new prototyping center opened in March 2018, and the THINQubator is onsite for creative young makers.
24 4th St, Troy
Rates: $25/day, $150/six flex days, $400/month
Dubbed an “entrepreneurial ecosystem,” Troy Innovation Garage is a trendy, brick-walled locale designed with both working and networking in mind. The location offers 24/7 access to members, making it ideal for night owls and early birds. On a daily basis, users can take advantage of the fresh brewed coffee, WiFi, printing station, and on-tap beverages. Throughout the year, the Garage hosts member-only networking and development events, too. As an added perk, the building, which is right near the Hudson, is a hop, skip, and jump away from the oh so delectable Dinosaur Bar-B-Que.
119 Main St, Nanuet
Rates: $20/two hours, $35/day, monthly starts at $100/month
With its proximity to New York City, Rockland is a top pick for coworking offices. Locals who don’t want to commute to the Big Apple everyday can find an office closer to home at CILK119 in Nanuet. The spot offers two-hour, full day, and monthly passes, and membership includes WiFi access, printing, copying, kitchen use, and lockers. The Cuppa Pulp Writer’s Space is housed inside CILK119, so members can feel free to stop by for writer salons, workshops, and readings throughout the year.
40 Lydecker St, Nyack
Rates: $20/day, $325/month
If you love modern décor and open, airy workspaces, then Share Space Nyack is for you. The boutique coworking spot is relatively small, with six desks and two conference tables, but it stands out with a photography area inside and riverside views just out the window. If you rent a desk, you’ll get a personal, lockable filing cabinet to go with it. Otherwise, you can visit from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during the day to power through a busy schedule.
721 Broadway, Kingston
Rates: start at $200/month
A new addition to the Hudson Valley coworking scene, Co @ Seven21 is an extension of Seven21 Media Center’s already ample office, studio, and facility space in Kingston. With three levels of membership, varying from private resident to permanent resident to loft suite, there’s something for every commitment level. All tiers include WiFi, conference room access, discounts on equipment rentals and studio use, common areas, and a medley of networking opportunities. For techpreneurs looking to find a coworking home in the Valley, Kingston is a sweet place to be.
122 Main St, New Paltz
Rates: business hub - $15/half day, $25 full day; monthly memberships start at $120/month
With SUNY New Paltz right around the corner, it’s no surprise that New Paltz is a prime location for coworking. One EPIC Place leads the way locally. Not only is it a coworking center, available to both members and nonmembers, but it’s also a valuable resource for entrepreneurs and business professionals. It offers EPIC Coaching to help creatives expand their businesses, networking events, and community programming each month. On a day-to-day basis, members can make use of private and shared rooms, the kitchen, WiFI, coffee/tea, and parking (a major plus in New Paltz). Uniquely, membership at EPIC also includes a discounted membership to the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce and a set number of EPICurrency points per month. Members can use points to barter with other members for space use or convert the points to credit toward an EPIC Coaching session.
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