LiquidSpace is introducing a new way for you to discover the best neighborhoods in your city. We’re helping you find the right hood for your next workspace. Get insight into the core characteristics, company types, and nearby hotspots for neighborhoods in your favorite cities.
We’ve introduced LiquidSpace Neighborhoods in four initial cities: New York, Boston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Don’t see your city here? In the coming weeks we’ll be rolling out Neighborhoods for the rest of our major markets in the US.
To kick off here’s a foray into NYC’s top neighborhoods. Which hood is right for you and your company?
One of Brooklyn’s hippest neighborhoods and an emerging startup hotspot, Williamsburg’s townhouses, warehouses, and industrial spaces make for some amazing workspaces. Need a place to work on the fly? Check out Rough Draft NYC, a coworking space available on hourly, daily, and monthly terms. If you’re in Williamsburg on during the warmer months, Smorgasburg is the place to go for a taste of many cuisines, plus plenty of booze, fun, and treats. Be sure to visit the Music Hall of Williamsburg for a show, where you can witness some of the world’s best performers in an astonishing venue. Brooklyn Bowl is a fun spot for after work drinks and team competition or bonding – your pick! Near Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Greenpoint, plus only a stop away on the L train from the Lower East Side, Williamsburg is an ideal workspace neighborhood for fast growing companies who want quick transit throughout Manhattan and the rest of New York City.
What happens when you combine numerous immigrant cultures with burgeoning creative types and students in a historic setting? You get the Lower East Side. You’ll find lots of exposed brick and old-style low rises in this neighborhood. Con Artist Collective, offering various workspace membership packages and coworking day passes, is a place to work where you’re really get a feel for the LES. There’s a strong Jewish history in the LES, which is still apparent, with Streit’s Matzos Factory, a kosher grocer that’s been around since 1925, Katz’s Deli serving up Jewish style deli foods, and bagels, lox, and more at Russ & Daughters. Be sure to walk through nearby neighborhoods and pocket hoods like The Bowery, East Village, Chinatown, and Lower Manhattan. Start searching for workspace in the Lower East Side if you’re looking for a work environment as dynamic as you.
An affluent neighborhood, offering a low-key work environment, the Upper East Side has brownstones, high-rises, low-rises, and plenty of retail storefronts. You can book a day pass or get a desk at The Commons, one of the top coworking spots in the UES. For after hours or happy hours, there are plenty of Irish pubs in this neighborhood. Bordering Carl Schurz Park to the west and Central Park to the west, the Upper East Side is also home to world-renowned museums including the Guggenheim and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Walk a bit uptown to get to East Harlem, a bit south to Midtown East, or explore the pocket neighborhoods in the UES like Carnegie Hill, Lenox Hill, and Yorkville. For focused companies who want an art-rich, high-class neighborhood, the Upper East Side is an ideal spot.
Just across the park from the Upper East Side is the slow, casual luxury of the Upper West Side. Commonly known as the UWS, this neighborhood is home to the renowned Lincoln Center, and the surrounding Lincoln Square area. If you need a nearby workspace on flexible terms, try The Yard: Lincoln Square. If you need an art (or dinosaurs) break, head over to the American Museum of Natural History, where admission fees run on a donation basis. Take a walk through Central Park, or head north towards Harlem, south towards Midtown West, or west towards the Hudson River, West Side Highway, and its accompanying greenway. Find workspace in the Upper West Side before this neighborhood becomes too trendy and expensive for growing startups.
Encompassing numerous small neighborhoods, Lower Manhattan is the birthplace of modern Manhattan. There’s plenty of workspace options in this neighborhood, where it seems a new class A highrise is going up everyday. For an office with amazing style, try the team space at !melk, which is a laid-back architecture company offering dedicated desks in their fully furnished office. The World Trade Center and the 9/11 memorial are huge tourist draws in Lower Manhattan. Lower Manhattan includes many other pocket neighborhoods too, like Chinatown, Battery Park City, and FiDi. Despite the Financial District being one of the most highly concentrated office neighborhoods in NYC, Lower Manhattan isn’t just for finance folks. This neighborhood makes sense for individuals, small teams, and more, so check out what Lower Manhattan has to offer!
Midtown East is known for being one of the highest demand commercial environments in all of New York City. Almost anyone will recognize this neighborhood by its high rises, bustling workforce, and NYC attitude. Experience what Midtown East has to offer by being a part of that bustle at Carr Workplaces, a business center with a number of workspace options for different sized teams. After work, do like the businesspeople do and grab a steak. Try Spark’s for a phenomenal NY Strip or P.J. Clarke’s for a burger and fries. Sutton Place, Murray Hill, Kips Bay, and Turtle Bay are all part of Midtown East, and you’re just a few blocks from Midtown West, the Lower East Side, and the Upper East Side. Plus Long Island City, and the rest of Queens, is only a subway ride away. If your workspace must be Class A, and you’re hoping for a traditional work environment, Midtown East is a smart neighborhood to start your search.
With plenty of large warehouse spaces, and an area that’s rapidly gentrifying, Long Island City is home to scrappy young companies who need room to grow. There are plenty of event and conference spaces in LIC, like this super-affordable executive conference room by QNS Collective, which can hold a dozen or more people. The Silvercup Studios sign is a sure indication that you’ve arrived in Queens and Long Island City. When you’re in this neighborhood, be sure to swing by MoMa PS1 to get your fill of art and education. LIC contains Dutch Kills, Blissville, and Hunters Point, smaller neighborhoods in the greater LIC area. Jackson Heights is nearby, plus Brooklyn and Manhattan aren’t too far either. If you need a great deal on workspace, or you’re seeking a large work environment for conferences or events, LIC should be on the top of your list.
Most New Yorkers will tell you that Times Square isn’t all there is to NYC, but if it’s the lights and glamor of Broadway and Times Square that you seek, then check out Midtown West. There are a handful of bright, casual workspace options in the Courtyard Marriott, which is just a couple minutes from Central Park, Columbus Circle, and many of the most famous Broadway theatres. Restaurants like the pricy Per Se, in the Time Warner Center, will satisfy even the most elite eaters. There are also other options like Totto Ramen and Ippudo (two of NYC’s best ramen spots) if you make your way west to Hell’s Kitchen. Right in the middle of the city that never sleeps, Midtown West is a proper workspace environment for companies who want to be part of NYC’s never-stop attitude.
While Flatiron is home to many of NYC’s top startups, Chelsea is still a highly artistic neighborhood with affluent residents and gorgeous residential and commercial properties.
The highly organized work environment at Select Office Suites in Flatiron is made for companies looking to get stuff done. When the time comes to let loose in Flatiron / Chelsea, taste the flavors of Eataly, walk through Madison Square Park, or explore one of the hundreds of nearby Chelsea galleries. Near Midtown and just north of The Village and the Meatpacking District, you’ll enjoy exploring NYC by way of Chelsea / Flatiron. Don’t forget about the pocket neighborhoods like NoMad, Rose Hill, and Gramercy Park, all contained in and around the Chelsea / Flatiron area. For young companies that need to be in NYC’s Silicon Alley, this neighborhood is the only choice for you.
A world of art, culture, and innovation, Greenwich Village is unlike any other NYC neighborhood. This neighborhood, also known simply as The Village, blends cultures and styles, modern and traditional aesthetics, and many cultures and nationalities. Sage at 2 Ganesvoort is a modern venue, with workspace options for medium and growing teams. Washington Square Park is always popping off with something – whether street performers, musicians, or something completely unique – you’ll need to visit more than once to get a full understanding of its awesomeness. The West Village, East Village, Meatpacking District, and NoHo are nearby neighborhoods worth checking out. If you require workspace in the cultural and art epicenter of Manhattan, look no further than Greenwich Village.
TriBeCa and SoHo are two of the highest demand neighborhoods in NYC, both for residential and commercial properties. Get a taste for this neighborhood at 2P TriBeCa, which has workspaces for small teams and individuals – a perfect venue for digital nomads. The Textile Building is a landmark property in this neighborhood, and it’s worth checking out on its architectural merit alone. Nearby Greenwich Village, NoHo, and NoLita, are also fun areas for shopping, eating, and going out. If you want the best of the best – food, drink, shopping, space, – you won’t have to leave the TriBeCa / SoHo area, because it’s all here.
So, do you know which NYC neighborhood is right for you? Get in touch with our Workspace Concierge and we’ll help you narrow down your workspace options so you can start moving and shaking!