June 7, 2013
Launched on Monday, The Yard is a new 300-person office and coworking space in New York City for the tech and creative industries.
When you enter The Yard, you’re struck by the contrast between the white furniture and the old, exposed brick. The tenants are eclectic, too: from music producers to advertisers to photographers to startups. Some work in the 60 private offices with glass doors, while others gather in the two open coworking spaces across two stories.
In the evening, The Yard members can head to the events space for workshops on productivity, accounting, or Adobe Illustrator. Sometimes the community hosts public events there, like a showing of indie films.
The community will also show its face on the walls: The Yard’s corridors and rooms will be lined with rotating art exhibits. Each artist will be honored with a kickoff party, and their works will stay for a full month.
Starting in August, members will be able to escape to an open-air roof deck and get a breath of fresh air. Or they might stroll through the neighborhood around the Delancey St./Essex St. subway station in the Lower East Side. It’s an eclectic area with a “hard edge,” says cofounder Morris Levy, including lots of galleries and restaurants. Nearby are Chinatown, the downtown area, Soho, East Village, and Alphabet City, and Brooklyn is right across the bridge.
“Who wants to be in Midtown?” says Levy. “We didn’t want to put ourselves in an area where you go downstairs and you’re just overwhelmed by the amount of people and the traffic.”
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