4 posts tagged new york city
4 posts tagged new york city
Loosecubes, Friday, February 3, 2012
This is our first company office with co-working spots, versus a pure co-working space. Quite a different dynamic. The co-workers are put in an area to the side, while the company works in the main space. 3 out of the 5 co-working desks are used all of te time, so there’s really only 2 guest spots. On Feb 3, we were the guests.
This is a great space to try for a day but not necessarily to settle into for good. There are 3 folks who work here on an on-going basis, but they pretty much keep to themselves. The split between office and co-workers is clear.
It is however a great space to overhear others talking about the concept of co-working. Very cool on that! We had hoped for more of that though. They really sounded like any other tech startup talking about resumes and wireframes.
The Grind, Meeting Edition, October 3 & 7
So, Laurea and I have been busy little working bees, as we’re sure you little bees have been as well. Laurea was fortunate enough to book a workshop this week at Grind Space so she got to really take advantage of the fancy conference room action.
I needed a conference room last Monday evening and the only space I could find was Grind Spaces. So, only makes sense we update you on what it’s like to run a meeting at The Grind, yo!
Some background on my meeting:
One of the 8 million projects I work on is Ignite NYC (www.ignitenyc.org), as the presentation guru. That means that I chase the speakers to get their slides, make sure they are in the right formate, load them on the presentation machine, run the machine during the event, and oh yeah, coach and rehearse all the speakers. The rehearsing and coaching is really the most time consuming but also the most rewarding (I love seeing people improve. Shameless plug for my services: www.thepresentationschool.com)
Anyway, to do that I need a monitor for the presentation machine, water, a clicker, reception to have food delivered (presentation deliverers gotta eat), work space for presenters to work away like crazy people on their slides, WiFi for file transfer, and privacy so everyone can give presentations.
The conference rooms here were perfect for this! At the beginning of your meeting, the lovely staff brings you ice water in a pitcher, glasses to drink it out of and they set up your machine with whatever cords you need to get your meeting going. They’re also super accommodating with coffee, tea , directing folks to you, and receiving deliveries of food at reception.
People who got there early had a lovely area to sit and chat in. I felt pride in bringing the oh-so-impressive speakers to such a cool, beautiful and professional space. It was also super easy for everyone to come in, no hassle with security stuff.
Our meeting went smooth outside of the items I left at home (let’s call my bed a bad co-working place, it eats my Flip camera and power cords – no wonder I’m hunting for a new space). Everyone felt comfortable, we had plenty of space to move around the room, had no technical difficulties once we were up and running. AND I had the added bonus of being able to write on the wall so I was able to put some high level tips up there for people to focus on while talking.
Really a great place to have a meeting! BTW, it’s $35/hour for members. First come, first served. I liked it so much, I’m talking to them about using the room regularly for Presentation classes.
*Note image above is me being a ninja and taking a picture of Laurea in her meeting in the conference room. She wasn’t in the know hence the “mer, what are you doing Martha?” look on her face. Ha!
Martha’s Take on The Grind Sept 16
PIC: Laurea Working Liquid at The Grind.
So, the second location in our journey was The Grind. You can only go there by being invited by other “grindists,” in our case Jalina and Marcus from TEDxHarlem.
Our first impression was “wow! this is beautiful and fancy!” The furniture is really nice and eco-oriented. The tables are large, the chairs are really nice and there are outlets in the various tables. It feels like a professional buzzy office that designers work at. More importantly, this feels like the co-working space that you go to when you are ready to take yourself seriously.
Folks that work in the space work in all sorts of industries, not just tech like so many other co-working spaces. And everyone is enthusiastically conducting business all day. It’s totally ok to speak loudly, either at your table, in the phone booth, at one of the tables near the coffee or anywhere in the various private conversation booths. There are also fancy couches to sit in if you want a more causal conversation, or 2 blinged out conference rooms with white board walls, pin walls or digital monitors for presentations. 2 of the walls are all windows. There’s a professional lobby. It’s fancy.
Right now it’s $500 a month or $35 a day. They stay open until midnight, or until you’re done. The receptionist desk is quite chill and the people are super friendly. We really felt like we could walk up to any table and make friends and collaborate with people who are on the same level as we are.
Highlights of the day:
Having hip friends, one of them emailed me 2 days ago telling me to check this space out. I was all “Laurea and I are hip and cool, we’ve been there, done that, love that, gonna blog that!” My cool hip friend, Jesse, did have a contribution I wanna share with you, though. This video: http://www.psfk.com/2011/09/members-only-coworking-space-grind-opens-in-nyc.html
For our very first trip on our co-working journey, Laurea and I hit one of the very first co-working spaces in New York, New Work City. It was super easy for me to get to from North Park Slope via the N train (one whole stop!)
It’s located on the second floor of a Chinatown commercial building. To get into the space, you go down an aged metal hallway and up a flight of stairs, pretty old skool NYC stylee. when you get in, you are greeted by a nice receptionist who takes you on a tour of the space and answers your various questions. You can make copies, print, use a conference room, and drink free coffee.
The seating areas seem to be split between the more populous back area and the the quieter and brighter front areas. People seem to sit in the front to be more shut off or quieter from others, the back seems to be more social. Big chatting meetings seem to happen in the center of the floor.
There are 2 one-holer bathrooms that are clean and have nice soap and paper towels. Plenty of toilet paper so there is no awkward moment of yelling out to the other co-worker bees that you need some TP for your bunghole.
Desks are easy to move around, chairs are basic but better than folding chairs. The space is easy to reconfigure and they do for classes, happy hours and other social outings. They are really cool about social groups. So if you want people to go to the gym with, be at the office at 9 am with or anything else you can think of, you’ll find those peeps here.
There seems to be more of a programmer vibe, meaning it’s a bit more casual, bit more dude.
Yup, I’d go back. Is it our final home? Not sure. Partially because we’ve just started exploring and there’s just too much to see, first!
Odd thing from the day: I bought a bottle of water that I thought was in a black plastic bottle, turns out the actual water is black. Too weird not to share.
Update! I just had a meeting with one of the founders and their education director. The training programs they’re in the process of developing are something to really take note of. There’s a huge community orientation to it. If you take a training there, you’ll get to have office hours with the trainer for re-enforcement of whatever you’ve learned. New courses will be showcased in a Meet up style so you can get a sampling of the importance of that skill and a sense of the instructor. They already host 8 Meet Ups so they’ve got a sense on how to use the space.
Instructors are selected by quality of courses and if they jive with the whole New Work City vibe, which is now more focused on entrepreneurs, not just tech. Super cool!!!!!