Calling all Bronx entrepreneurs!
MELROSE—Finishing touches are being made at Bronx Coworks, an office sharing space at The Hub in the South Bronx.
Located at 2825 Third Avenue (just below 149th Street) the sleek, modern space is perfect for Bronx start-ups and entrepreneurs looking for co-working space in The Bronx where they can grow their businesses surrounded by the creative energy of other like-minded individuals for considerably less money than renting out your own space in an office building.
Roger Saad, one of the partners of Bronx Coworks thinks that Bronxites deserve to have such services that Manhattan and other boroughs take for granted.
“Bronx Coworks fills a gap in an untapped market in the South Bronx and the entire borough bringing high-end office space for a reasonable price to our community.” Saad told Welcome2TheBronx.
He added, “For the first time, The Bronx is on par in terms of co-working facilities with Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn. Our facility is the perfect example of the private sector market pushing public policy to create an environment where Bronx startups, entrepreneurs, and dreamers can access co-working space without leaving the borough. ”
And indeed the pricing is highly competitive when compared to similar spaces such as WeWork located throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.
Starting from $250 a month for “floating desks” where you plop down anywhere in the designated common areas to work, the fee grants you access to your own personal locker, Wi-Fi, and even use of one of the conference rooms for up to 30 minutes.
For $500 you can rent a private dedicated desk in one of several rooms where you share a long desk with others but you get your own lockable filing cabinet. This also grants you access to your personal locker, printing services, and 60 minutes of conference room time.
Feel like dropping the “big” bucks and getting your own private office? You can do that too with private office spaces starting at $700 a month complete with desks and filing cabinets.
All plans grant you use of amenities such as kitchen stocked with coffee and refreshments, Wi-Fi, mail delivery (extra for floating desks), and conference room use depending on your plan.
There’s even a separate section for you to just sit down and relax in a quiet atmosphere to take a quick break from running your business.
Best of all is access 7 days a week, Monday through Friday 8AM-7PM, Saturday 9AM-6PM, and Sunday 10AM-5PM.
Additional conference room time above your monthly alloted allowance can be rented for $35 an hour for the 10 person conference room to $45 for the 18 person room.
Although not officially open until April 6th, two tenants have taken up space with the Hub Third Avenue Business Improvement District already up and running their operations at Bronx Coworks.
The second business is Dannleen Cleaning Service, a start-up company owned by Bronxite Bernadette Burke of Gun Hill Road.
“I was told by my friend that it’s time to take my business to the next level and move from operating from my home after one year to my own office.” said Ms Burke in an interview after signing her contract.
“I started my business to help put my son through college who’s currently at Albany in pre-med studying to be a doctor.” she told us.
Dannleen currently services mostly Manhattan clients from offices, to residences, and commercial businesses like restaurants too.
Located just steps outside the 3rd Avenue and 149th Street Station on the 2 and 5 line and multiple Buses that run through The Hub, Bronx Coworks is easily accessible from many Bronx neighborhoods and also just 5 minutes and two stop from East or Central Harlem.
We really believe that this is an important step in helping the many entrepreneurs in The Bronx including Bronx women who, according to the Center for an Urban Future report last year were leading New York City in growth and outpacing the other boroughs.
For more information and to schedule a tour of the space, head on over to their website. Tell them you heard about Bronx Coworks from Welcome2TheBronx!
Note: Although there is BXL Bronx Business Incubator (formerly Sunshine) in Hunts Point and the Lehman College run Bronx Business Bridge in Fordham, those entities are run by the city and partnerships with the city. Bronx Coworks is a truly independent enterprise.