Whether you’re coming to New York for a work trip or you’re spending time here on vacation, most of us will need to check into work at some point on our trip. But as it turns out, there are lots of great free and paid remote working and coworking spaces in New York, whether you want an office atmosphere or just a casual spot to connect to free wifi to check a few emails.
We’ve put together our list of the top remote working spots in New York City. From al fresco work to bargain spots that will allow you to get productive without spending a lot, to hidden gems and hidden back bars, we have every remote working scenario covered.
To work al fresco, with water views and free wifi…
Brooklyn Bridge Park
334 Furman St., Brooklyn
On a beautiful day, spend your workday outside at the Brooklyn Bridge Park, where you can enjoy free wifi and waterfront views. With a variety of spots to eat and drink, plus spaces like the Granite Terrace to set up shop for the day, this is a perfect place to make a workday feel like a day off.
To get inspired…
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Ave. New York
Pay your admission to this museum and combine sightseeing with working. The Met has free wifi and plenty of secluded spots to sit and crack open your laptop or answer a few emails. Plan a few hours of work into your day and spend the rest of it exploring one of the country’s premier art museums.
To feast while you work…
75 9th Ave., New York
If you need fuel to get you through the workday, Chelsea Market is here for you. The space has free wifi and bills itself as an “urban food court,” with shops purveying every kind of snack, meal or ingredient you can think of. Explore to find the place you like best, like the comfy Ninth Street Espresso, and you can eat your way through your next deadline.
For a traditional office vibe…
1463 Fifth Ave., New York
TEEM Coworking is a bargain at just $20 a day, which buys you a seat in the space and free freshly ground espresso, coffee, tea and snacks all day. Superfast wifi and a traditional setting means you can put your head down and get in a good day’s work.
To feel distinguished while you work…
Library at NoMad Hotel
1170 Broadway & 28th St., New York
Arrive before 4 pm, when the Library is open only to hotel guests, and you have the perfect setting for being productive: a two-story library with custom-made furnishings, servers bringing light fare and finger foods as well as coffee and cocktails, and even an eclectic literary collection. Cozy up and get it done.
For an out-of-this-world live music soundtrack…
David Rubenstein Atrium Public Space at Lincoln Center
61 West 62 St., New York
One of New York’s unique public spaces housed within a private building, this atrium hosts weekly live music performances. Work all day and catch a show as a reward. Grab some of the public seating, grab a sandwich from the cafe, hook up to free wifi and get to work.
To get creative at a bargain price…
402 Hooper St., Brooklyn
Rough Draft is a hybrid coworking space and full-service creative agency, and it’s everything you’d expect. With its pre-war building with lots of natural light and a kitchen stocked with healthy snacks, drinks and beer, it’s hard to decide what to like most about Rough Draft. Personally, we love the price. At just $28 for a day pass, it’s a bargain, but even more so if you’re a new member: you can work for just $14.
To go straight to Happy Hour…
The Roost Coffee Co.
222 Avenue B., New York
Grab a seat and get work done in this quiet cafe, enjoying a good cup of coffee, pastry or sandwich during the day. But time your visit right and you’re in luck: a craft beer and brown spirits bar hidden in back opens up at 4 pm, which means you can get Happy Hour started. Til 7 pm during the week, enjoy $1 off select drafts, $6 well drinks and $7 wines. Nightly spcials are available too.