We usually visit one space and stay for the day but on this rainy day we decided to try two places that were pretty close to each other - We Create located on 58 East 11th Street (between Broadway and 4th Avenue) on the 8th floor and Wix Lounge located on 10 West 18th Street (near 5th Avenue) on the 2nd floor.
The reason we didn’t stay at We Create for the whole day is that there was no one else working there that day and we were seeking more interaction.
What I liked: Both spaces are in the Union Square area which means they are extremely convenient to get to.
We met the founder of We Create and he had some interesting ideas about multi-city locations and trying to create dialogue between different cities and trying to encourage people from those cities to collaborate with one another. The first branch of We Create was actually founded in London. The New York space is the second branch and they are considering expanding to Hong Kong or Singapore.
Wix has plenty of couches for a more relaxed working atmosphere, but that is only good for working for an hour or two, like if you need a free place to work that is not a coffee shop before meeting someone in Union Square. There is a mix of various tables and chairs spread throughout the space; some more comfortable than others. The bathroom is actually pretty nice for a free space. There is even an orchid and lotion by the sink!
The Wix space seems to be a marketing exercise to try and get clients for their website services so I wonder how long this will be around since the rent for the space can’t be that affordable since the location is really good.
The lunch options are numerous since it is Union Square. We ended up eating at Pop Burger on University Place which is decent but not great since it was pouring and we wanted to get out of the rain as soon as possible after leaving We Create. If it wasn’t raining we were going to go to Num Pang for delicious sandwiches.
Happy Hour options are not great in Union Square, you have to go East to get some good options. We ended up at The Trilby in the Cooper Square Hotel which has great, strong cocktails.
What could be better:
We Create has high concept ideas since they said they are focused on the neurological impact of the way work spaces are designed to have on the workers but I did not see any of the ideas implemented yet. The space is currently very sparse and the two plants we saw were dead or close to dying. I wish there were other people there on Friday so we could have met the members.
Since Wix is free and you can drop in whenever you want the quality of the space is decent for what you get - think college dorm common area or rec center. There are tables and chairs of varying levels of comfort spread out around the space - it would be better if the furniture was more comfortable and consistent, but hey it is free so what complaints I have for it are not really that valid.
We Create: Events in the space from time to time.
They have an upcoming event called Transitioning from Freelancer to Entrepreneur on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 9:30 AM.
We Create Membership costs:
Enhance Change: $310 per month, Unlimited space usage, 1hr Business Mentoring Business, Business Connections to London & NYC
Sustain Change: $250 per month, 110 hours of workspace use, 1hr Business Mentoring, Business Connections to London & NYC
Start Change: $150 per month, 50 hours of workspace use, 1hr Business Mentoring Business, Business Connections in NYC
More info on membership here
Neither of the spaces match what I am looking for in terms of design, comfort and community but if you are looking to get out of the house for a day or a few hours and don’t want to commit to a work space then Wix is a decent option that is free.
Depending on how We Create develops its space and community, it is an affordable co-working space in a convenient neighborhood.
Two pics above are of We Create
As you can see, Wix brands their space pretty well…no matter what angle you take a picture from you will see their logo.