3rd Space, a co-working facility in Newark, N.J., was bustling with activity on a recent Friday morning, as a film crew used the café for a shoot and its resident freelancers hunkered down to work.
Situated in the city’s Ironbound District, an area known for restaurants popular with the business crowd, and close to Newark Airport, a hub for business travelers the 12,000-square-foot space has attracted many out-of-town professionals who need a place to work while on the go.3rd Space’s team says community outreach has been the key to its fast growth.
3rd SpaceHowever, close ties to the community are what really has helped the space fill up, says Kenny Miles, founding partner, a freelance journalist who grew up in nearby Jersey City.
Coworking Resources, a publication for owners of coworking spaces, estimates that 2,188 new coworking spaces opened worldwide in 2018, with 1,000 in the U.S. One reason is the growth of both independent and remote work.
With these trends poised to continue, Newark, which is undergoing major downtown redevelopment, has attracted several other coworking facilities, among them Launch Pad and Equal Space.
“There are so many people doing multiple things,” says Miles’ partner, Ian Palmer, a managing member in 3rd Space, and a former special education teacher.
If the city’s coworking spaces keep growing, the city’s talent pool may soon have more company.