Basing your business in New York City gives you almost limitless possibilities. With more than 8 million residents spread over five boroughs, the Big Apple is a global destination for retail, food, culture, and (of course) business. There are countless opportunities for growth and success in this vibrant metropolis—the only question is, where?
Lower Manhattan is the largest and most powerful financial district in the world. The West Village, SoHo, and Brooklyn are valid contenders when it comes to creative industries. A thriving tech hub is not to be overshadowed, and ongoing research in health and science is happening here, too.
It’s worth noting: Private-sector jobs in New York City increased by more than 86,000 during 2018, so you can feel confident setting up shop in such a rapidly changing metropolis.
With a number of flexible workspace solutions across the city, WeWork helps streamline the process of opening a headquarters in New York. All-inclusive amenities make settling in easy, while flexible leasing agreements and minimal upfront costs take the stress out of the first step. Enterprise solutions—in which WeWork designs, builds, and runs your headquarters—are also available for larger teams.
Here are five of the best neighborhoods to open an office headquarters in New York City.
Anchored by the city’s famed Financial District, Lower Manhattan is an ideal locale if you’re growing a finance or law firm, or if you’re seeking startup investment. Between landmarks like Wall Street, the New York Stock Exchange, and Federal Hall, inspiration comes easy in this neighborhood. Plus, ferries at Pier 11 make commuting simple.
WeWork 85 Broad St is an oasis of calm and focus in this fast-paced neighborhood. Lush indoor greenery brings the outdoors in, and comfortable leather couches are ideal for one-on-one catchups. Establish your team in a sleek private office, complete with its own conference rooms and executive suites, then tap into the wider community for networking events and happy hours.
From stunning views in Dumbo to humming creativity in Williamsburg, Brooklyn presents a number of potential landing spots for your business—particularly if you’re in the tech industry. The area features a large startup community that’s fast forming a web of networking connections in Manhattan, and beyond. In fact, there are around 700 tech companies in Dumbo, and Etsy and West Elm are also headquartered here.
WeWork 81 Prospect St is steeped in the neighborhood’s artsy vibe, while still affording you easy access to Lower Manhattan via the Brooklyn Bridge. Establish your team in a private office and enjoy seamless access to our expansive lounges, outdoor spaces, and free-flowing coffee. Bright pops of color in furniture and artwork add to the appeal.
The world’s largest central business district, Midtown Manhattan is a classic landing spot for the headquarters of corporate giants. During the day, the district counts an average population of 200,000, and at night, that number shrinks to around 40,000. Brimming with upscale shops, hotels, commercial enterprises, and an array of media, tech, and publishing companies, the options for success in Midtown Manhattan are endless. Plus, after-hours is always entertaining with easy access to Times Square, Broadway theaters, Rockefeller Center, and Carnegie Hall.
WeWork 880 3rd Ave offers a contemporary and spacious workspace for teams of all sizes. Glass-walled meeting rooms create a sense of transparency, and ample conference rooms, private offices, and light-filled lounges make for a fitting home for your business. Grow your headquarters in a private space and use our onsite classrooms and brainstorming areas for kicking off larger projects.
Featuring those charming brownstones you see in the movies, and famous for bringing a touch of Bohemia into the modern day, the West Village is ideal for creatives, designers, artists, and media companies. Surround your team with charm in this neighborhood, which features quaint coffee shops, peaceful green spaces, and expansive warehouses converted into creative business hubs.
With bright designs and plenty of natural light, WeWork 205 Hudson St has everything you need to succeed. Here, you’ll have access to private conference rooms equipped with the right tools to host a presentation, and business-grade printing equipment on every floor.
Upper East Side
Home to Museum Row and a number of nonprofits, the Upper East Side is a peaceful, resource-packed neighborhood to put down roots. Networking happens naturally on the Upper East Side, and if you’re looking for investment, donations, or support for a cause, this tree-lined community is where to find it.
Elegant and nicely appointed with traditional hardwood floors and high-end materials, WeWork 750 Lexington Ave is the perfect backdrop for meeting clients and wooing potential business partners. Common areas are comfortable, art-filled, and designed with productivity in mind.
With a number of workspaces across New York City’s many diverse neighborhoods, WeWork has the space you need when opening a headquarters in the city. If you’re looking for something more, then consider our enterprise offerings, in which we build and run your headquarters—just the way you like it.
Growing from a few to a few hundred employees takes strategy and the right space.