Get Off Your Couch: Affordable Workspace for Freelancers

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Hive at 55.

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Many unemployed architects pick up freelance projects as they wait for signs of economic revival, while others take the opportunity to start their own small practices. However, working from one’s apartment poses many challenges and obstacles to productivity, and renting office space in NYC can be prohibitively expensive. But now there is an affordable alternative. The Alliance for Downtown New York, in conjunction with the NYC Economic Development Corporation, 55 Broad Street, and the Rudin family have launched Hive at 55 , a new co-working facility.

The 4,000-square-foot, fully outfitted space provides shared workspace and support for small businesses, freelancers, and entrepreneurs. It is located at 55 Broad Street, also known as the New York Information and Technology Center. The facility includes workspace for more than 40 people at one time, in open seating and three private workrooms. Amenities include WiFi, fax, printer and copy machines, conference rooms, and bicycle storage. Conference rooms may be used for workshops, classes, seminars, and business meetings.