A typical day at the Hive

The Hive at 55 is a shared workspace AND a community of like-minded people who find our space a comfortable, professional place to do business. Our members include freelancers, entrepreneurs, small businesses, and startups eager to collaborate and share resources.

Along with a desk to set up your laptop, the Hive offers 3 private conference rooms, a lounge, a kitchen with coffee and tea, hi-speed wireless and wired internet, and a printer/scanner/copier/fax machine. Members can use the Hive as their primary mailing address and store items in our lockers. The Hive hosts informative workshops, seminars, and Meetups every week, and monthly lunches and happy hours just for members.

The Hive at 55 subscribes to the principles and shared values of coworking; learn more about coworking here.

Join our community of freelancers and small business owners by emailing, calling, or visiting us today!

Background

In July 2009, Mayor Mike Bloomberg announced the MediaNYC 2020 program, a series of initiatives to support and promote the city’s media and technology industries. Included in this announcement was a “freelancer hive” offering affordable workspace to sustain small business and start-ups. In December 2009, the Hive at 55 officially opened in NYC’s Information Technology Center, 55 Broad Street, in the heart of Lower Manhattan.

The Hive is an initiative of the Alliance for Downtown New York, the business improvement district for Lower Manhattan. The Alliance provides many services that make the neighborhood a better place to live, work, and visit. With a grant from the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the Hive partners with the local community as well as the city’s greater technology and media communities, such as Pace University, the Freelancers Union, GuruLoft, Girl in Tech, the Hatchery, and others.

Staff

The Hive is staffed M-F, 9am to 6pm and evenings when there is an event. You’ll definitely meet one of us when you visit the Hive. Since we are “coworking” as well, we like to collaborate and share resources with our members!

Daria Siegel – Director. While I’ve been called the ‘queen bee,’ I can only be found at the Hive about half of the week. I’m an urban planner by trade and will never pass up an opportunity to talk maps, NYC history, and other nerdy planner things. Prior to working at the Hive I was the Director of Research and Planning at the Downtown Alliance and also have a background in special events and fundraising at the New York Botanical Garden. Come find me at the Hive to talk coworking, nerdy urban planning talk, indie music, restaurants and cooking!

 

Hive bio photo2Mik Pozin – Director of Operations I’m the skinny-tie-clad fellow by the entrance. I’ve dabbled in non-profits, the arts, tech, education, and venture capital, all while maintaining a (somewhat) diligent yoga practice. Let’s chat about all things entrepreneurship, tech, and health. And/or making magic happen at the Hive. I also frequently moonlight as a book recommendation engine.

 

Hive at 55 Blog, Downtown Diary

  • The Hive at 55: Buzzing with Activity - Daria Siegel is Director of the Alliance for Downtown New York’s Hive at 55, the largest coworking facility in Lower Manhattan. She helped launch the Hive just over two years ago. Since then, the Hive has attracted hundreds of members while helping businesses develop and grow. In this video, Daria describes all that the Hive [...]
  • The Hive at 55 Gets Up Close With Diana Williams - The Hive’s main purpose is to support and promote our community of entrepreneurs, freelancers and startups as they grow their businesses. What better way to do so than to have them interviewed on a local news program? I joined Hive members Rajiv Roopan and Tom Conlon on ABC’s Up Close with Diana Williams this past [...]
  • Art at Hive Explores Fragile Balance Between Creativity and Fiscal Fitness - For a year and a half the walls of the Hive have remained colorful, yet bare.  We always hoped to have local artists display their work, but the bare walls just seemed to feel less naked over time. But last winter, convening on a cold night at Frank Gehry’s IAC building for an event sponsored [...]
  • Learning from History: A Conversation with Holly Landau - Holly Landau is a sought-after presenter, facilitator, and motivator on such topics as leadership, diversity, innovation, and workplace relationships. She draws from her experiences to inspire others to think creatively and strategically. She is the featured leadership expert in the American Express Open Book on Leadership; the CEO and founder of Landau Leadership, a management [...]
  • The Hive at 55: A Place Where Businesses Grow and Thrive - It’s always wonderful to watch Hive Member Businesses grow and thrive—and recently, I’ve seen some major success stories develop. Over a year ago, Jason Richelson came to the Hive with an idea that stemmed from the frustrations of owning a small neighborhood wine shop. He set out to build a simple and fast point-of-sale system [...]
  • A Successful Year in the Books at the Hive - By Brian DiFeo, Hive at 55 Community Manager Yes, it’s been more than a year since the Hive at 55 opened its doors in Lower Manhattan as the only coworking space in the neighborhood. We recently celebrated our first year with a great group of people. We invited our members and friends as well as [...]
  • A New Year’s Toast for Lower Manhattan - By Liz Berger New Year’s is a time to consider the past and make resolutions for the future, a time of reflection and dreaming, reckoning and optimism.  I’ve resolved to finish the books on my nightstand, learn how to make pie crust, and work out (this has been at the top of my list for [...]
  • Hive at 55 Getting Bigger and Better with Age - It’s hard to believe, but the Hive at 55 is now 6-months old. Yesterday, we raised a glass and celebrated this anniversary with friends, partners, and members that have supported us along the way. We have partnered with countless organizations and had hundreds of individuals walk through our door and join our community.  It’s been [...]
  • Hive at 55 Member Profile: Eric Wong - Where are you from and where do you live now? Born and raised in NYC.  Proud resident of the Downtown Financial District since 2002. Name of Company? Virtuos Consulting Group What is your job title? President and founder of Virtuos Consulting Group What industry are you in? Digital marketing and promotion services. Describe your occupation [...]
  • Update from the Hive - The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of parties, celebrity sightings, student promotions and good old-fashioned collaboration. On May 12th, Mayor Mike Bloomberg visited the Hive to witness part of his “Media2020” campaign in action. The Mayor spent over an hour here, meeting with member companies, taking a tour of the facility and [...]