Brooklyn workers are getting a new boutique solution to the work-from-home blues.
Cocoon Coworking, a new luxury co-working space opened at 49 Wyckoff Ave. near the Jefferson St. L-train stop in the heart of Bushwick, in December. Now, the success of that space has pushed the growing brand to expand, with a new location at 225 Roebling St. in Williamsburg opening later this year.
Cocoon tells The Real Deal that they hope to redefine NYC co-working by heartily embracing the context of the neighborhoods they operate in and taking a small-business approach that’s customized to the needs of their clients, whether individual freelancers or entrepreneurs with rapidly growing teams.
“The way co-working developed in areas like Bushwick, Ridgewood, Bed Stuy and Williamsburg was through artist’s studios,” said Melissa Manning, who got her start in the Brooklyn co-working industry in 2012 and now operates Cocoon. “Spaces were thrown together rather inexpensively because artists just needed a place to get messy, and when locals began looking for more professional and affordable office space they had a hard time finding it.”
At their Bushwick location, Cocoon operates a large space comprising private offices, professionally designed common areas and lounges, conference rooms, high speed printing, floating desk space, dedicated desk space and more. The brand has also focused on top-tier amenities like bright, airy, plant-filled lounges, a kitchen — fully stocked with free snacks, coffee, and a flavored soda machine — phone booths, a game room and a wellness room for mothers to breastfeed or anyone to meditate. And with full-time front desk staff on site daily, assistance is always there when you need it.
Cocoon regularly shows appreciation to their members by hosting special events like comedy shows, musical performances, wine tastings, workshops and yoga. “We are focusing on helping companies network and grow their business while fostering a strong local community,” Manning said. “Fun, social activities really help do just that!”
Cocoon is making sure to stay competitive with their pricing and flexible solutions. Currently its Bushwick location offers private offices that accommodate a single desk up to 10 plus team members. Floating and designated desks located in its beautiful, plant-filled lounge are great options for those looking for something slightly more economical, and day passes are available for those who simply need a more efficient place to work for a few days or while traveling.
Just for The Real Deal readers, Cocoon is offering $100 OFF any new membership with the use of code REALDEAL. Readers can contact Cocoon at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a tour or register their membership.
“We’ve taken the best elements of some of the coworking giants and added more balance, humanity and warmth,” said Manning. “We are really putting thought and care into making our space a place where you are excited to be each and every day. We want to help you enjoy the work you’re doing while keeping in mind the importance of balance.”