The top 5 list, according to the Bridgeworks Community.
Coworking spaces are popping up worldwide, with over 10,000 currently open across the globe (Deskmag). Unsurprisingly, most coworking spaces tend to open up in big cities—New York currently having close to 100 (and counting), London upwards of 50, and even Mumbai, India having several of these revolutionary workspaces. But there’s something to be said for these up-and-coming spaces that go slightly off the beaten track and choose a different location. For Bridgeworks, it was the perfect combination of an entrepreneur’s vision and knowing the audience. New Yorkers – Long Islanders in particular, are pretty fond of coworking from the Long Beach campus in Nassau County. Here’s why:
1. Commute no more
Tens of thousands of New Yorkers commute daily from Long Island to Manhattan for work, with the average commute time between the LIRR and the subway being 90 minutes. That means the average Long Island commuter’s day consists of approximately three hours sitting on a train. If time is money, who wants to spend so much of it on a train?
Bridgeworks chose its Long Beach campus location very carefully with commuters in mind. The perfect halfway point between eastern Long Island and Manhattan – just 30 minutes outside the bustle of Manhattan and walking distance from some of New York’s most beautiful beaches; so you can spend that time doing more important things.
2. Work-life balance made easy
Without worrying about a brutal commute, Bridgeworks’ coworkers have more time for well, life. A study into commuting and personal wellbeing has found that each minute added to a commute affects anxiety, happiness and general wellbeing (The Guardian). People in a local, easily accessible coworking space are therefore scientifically happier than the typical 9-5 office hustler for a number of reasons. Workers who set their own hours and have more workplace flexibility feel more involved and engaged in their role, whatever it may be, and also experience less stress. In short, having a flexible Long Island office space closer to home just makes things easier.
People in a local, easily accessible coworking space are therefore scientifically happier than the typical 9-5 office hustler for a number of reasons. Workers who set their own hours and have more workplace flexibility feel more involved and engaged in their role, whatever it may be, and also experience less stress. In short, having a flexible Long Island office space closer to home just makes things easier.
3. Long Island Summer
Business attire and boiling NYC summer temperatures make office life in the Big Apple…less than appealing. Just 30 minutes away in Nassau County, Long Island are some of New England’s most praised summer hubs. In Long Beach, you’ll find lengthy white-sand beaches on
In Long Beach, you’ll find lengthy white-sand beaches on par with the Hamptons, surf shops, over two miles of boardwalk to run, cycle or stroll, and not to mention a breezy 10 to 15-degree difference in temperature. #cool.
4. Long Beach
Just close enough to the Manhattan madness is serene beach suburbia. This lively community has quickly become a top pick for young professionals and families alike to put down roots.
Long beach offers some of Long Island’s best restaurants and local bars, buzzing nightlife, and a chill beachy vibe with New York’s most friendly people. Plus, lunch breaks on the boardwalk > lunch breaks in a crowded city joint. (Here’s our foodie guide on where to eat and drink in Long Beach)
5. Hyper-local, super personal
City-based coworking spaces are usually pretty great for convenience—but it’s easy to get lost in the herd with so many spaces maxing out membership bandwidth and having up to 100 businesses in-house. Working from a midsized space keeps things local and always personal. The close-knit community at Bridgeworks has become a flexible office space solution for small Long Island-based businesses, entrepreneurs, and freelancers. Especially after Hurricane Sandy in 2013, Bridgeworks played a key role in resurging and reviving local business, with mentorship, support, and simply bringing people together. “Everybody knows everybody,” according to the Bridgeworks team. Work is just more enjoyable when you know your neighbors.
Bridgeworks is a vibrant coworking space right by the beach on Long Island, NY, offering office space for rent, meeting rooms, networking events and much more. Bridgeworks Long Beach also features countless communal spaces, cafés, lounges and added bonuses like social bikes and ping pong. Corporate NYC commuters and digital nomads alike take advantage of the new creative hub to network, boost productivity, and of course, cut the commute time. Learn more at www.bridgeworkslongbeach.com.