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The Daily News reports that a coworking space may open in Astoria. Three young Astorians – Jessica Ramirez, Nelson Ramirez and Katie Walsh – have looked at potential sites this fall, and hope to open the coworking space in 2013. Coworking is a situation where independent workers come together to work and share a space together. Coworking spaces can be found currently in both Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Over the past few years, the idea of a coworking space in Astoria has become more and more appealing to the increasing number of freelancing Astorians. In 2009, one attempt was made to establish a space, called Sanm CoWorking, but it never really got off the ground.
Since the economy has changed so drastically, many people in the creative and tech fields have turned their backs – mostly by choice – on the traditional 9-5 office job, and have become freelancers and contract employees working at home. One of the things that many freelancers are missing is regular access to office machines like fax machines and copiers, as well as conference rooms. Accessing a coworking space can solve that problem.
People are also excited about having a space they can go to and be inspired by their fellow workers and colleagues. New ideas and collaborations – even new businesses – can be born from such circumstances.