Number 394 Broadway in TriBeCa is the new home of Impact Hub NYC, a coworking space for entrepreneurs, activists, creatives, and professionals working for positive social and environmental change. Formerly Green Spaces NY, the location has served New York’s social innovation community since 2008 by creating an inspiring work and events space. Green Spaces NY and Impact Hub recently merged to create NYC's first Impact Hub location. Marissa Feinberg, co-founder of Green Spaces NY was kind enough to show me around and talk about the transition.
In her personal story she wrote for Forbes, Marissa readily admits that the biggest challenge will be to grow while keeping the intimacy that Green Spaces nurtured. But the change is good and the timing was perfect. "I want to grow our membership and support global social innovation by creating widespread hubs," Marissa told me when I asked about her hopes for this new venture. The freshly decorated space continues to support members and their movements for the environment, collaborative work, social innovation, and entrepreneurship. From financial firms to rooftop farms to independent filmmakers, Impact Hub members maintain the shared goal of using business to drive positive change. Some of them have been long-time members and some are filling out the new private offices and the three-story 15,000 square-foot expansion. Read more about the NYC members here.
The space is gorgeous. It's welcoming, airy, and beautifully lit. On the main floor, there is a common kitchen (with composting), configurable furniture, and an industrious atmosphere. On the other two floors, there are private offices and phone stations, cozy corners, libraries, and meeting areas. Members receive many benefits which you can read about here.
Community is, not coincidentally, integral to the Impact Hub model. Locally, their spaces provide physical space for work, collaboration, meetings, events, classes, and workshops while fostering a unique culture and network. Globally, Impact Hub's 50+ spaces worldwide provide members with access to contacts, mentorship, market insights, and other professional opportunities. What began in 2005 as a gathering place for London's social impact pioneers has grown to open one new Impact Hub location every month in 2014. And one of the first collaborative workspaces in New York City has made Impact Hub a home.
Click here to sign up for a free week at Impact Hub NYC and experience it for yourself.
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