1 Year. 25+ Coworking Spaces. Here's What I Learned.

    Syracuse CoWorks Intro | Syracuse, NY

    Syracuse CoWorks Intro | Syracuse, NY

    Where am I off to this week?

    From Burlington, Vermont, I headed to Syracuse CoWorks in Syracuse, New York.

    Where is it?

     

    So why did I choose Syracuse CoWorks?

    My first introduction to Syracuse CoWorks was through an article in The Atlantic that had nothing to do with the space. The article, “Dorms for Grownups: A Solution for Lonely Millennials?” was about a great new living community called Commonspace. Commonspace was started by the same people as Syracuse CoWorks and located on the 2 floors above. More about that later.

    Once I discovered Syracuse CoWorks, I decided that I needed to see it for myself. I wanted to see and experience what they were building.

    Syracuse CoWorks is located close to Syracuse University and in the middle of the city, perfectly situated to take advantage of all the city has to offer.

    John Talarico and Troy Evans, the co-founders, met me on my first day at the office.

    John gave me a wonderful tour of both the coworking area and Commonspace. It was a great combination of community-building spaces. I could see that they tie nicely together and help further a sense of cohesion and a “we’re all in this together” mentality.

    Like many cities along the Rust Belt, Syracuse has had it’s challenges, but in recent years they’re downtown area has experienced a resurgence and renaissance.

    One thing I appreciated about John and Troy was that they had a strong desire to do their part and build something that the community needed. They wanted to help grow the city and the population.

    I believe they have succeeded.

    The space had more people every day and quite a few events throughout the week that added to its vibrancy.

    A coding class was taught there every weeknight, and One Million Cups Syracuse was held every Wednesday morning at 9AM!

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    They even had a rooftop deck!

    If you have read any of my other posts, you’ll know that I love terraces and decks. This spot is available to any coworking or Commonspace member. Talk about a perk.

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    After only a few days here at Syracuse CoWorks, I was already able to connect with people who worked out of the office and even a few that lived upstairs in Commonspace.

    I was even invited up to the Commonspace kitchen where a few people were making a potluck-style dinner, and we all just dug-in and ate together.

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    What lovely people.

    This week is off to a wonderful start — a great place to work, fun city, fantastic people. What else could I ask for? I’m looking forward to the rest of the week. Stay tuned!