Since August, I have been a member of a co-working space in Brooklyn. I wanted a place where I could focus on work, be around creative people, and create community. Although the space feels like a cozy cabin in the woods and has a kitchen with free coffee, it is in a part of Brooklyn where I feel that I do not belong. Most of the people in the space are concentrated on their work and interactions are infrequent. Hence, I am on the hunt for a new space.
Today I am trying out a co-working space in the South Slope/Greenwood Heights part of Brooklyn. The interior here is more established than the other space. Beautiful art by Brooklyn artist Alan Aine adorns the walls, ample free coffee, tea, outlets, and desk space are available, and people are working hard on their laptops. I felt very welcomed by the man at the front desk, but the space is a little farther away than I had hoped and in a more secluded area of Brooklyn. Their hours are from 9-7, and I do not think they have community events.
Community has been one of the most important parts of my life. In college, I lived in the same house for three years and co-created an open-mic series with my roommate in our home. This is where I met some of my best friends, strengthened relationships, and shared my artistic endeavors.
I can see this being established at my new apartment in Clinton Hill, yet I also want community where I work. The overwhelming co-working culture here in Brooklyn (so far) feels like one of isolated togetherness, where people work with headphones on while sharing the same space.
I want more. I want a place where people greet each other and share ideas. Where collaboration is an integral part of the space and events occur frequently. I want a place where people are cooking and sharing their food.
The search continues…