Opening soon of a free workspace for freelancers in Industry City

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The doors are scheduled to open in two weeks and an official groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for July.

The Freelancers Union previously had a coworking space at 30 John St. in Dumbo that was open to everyone. It closed, and all of its programming went virtual, because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Industry City space was custom-designed for the Freelancers Hub, Fein said, and the plan is to fully integrate it into the complex’s campus atmosphere. This could mean collaboration becomes easier between Industry City’s current tenants and the freelancers who use the space. For example, Fein said, some of the retail and design tenants are working on furnishings for freelancers, and he hopes the companies will eventually meet and hire creative workers who are skilled for the work they need under. contract.

To promote such partnerships, Industry City often organizes mixes and other networking events. Most tenants have had the majority of their employees back, Fein said, and so chance in-person meetings are taking place.

“We are returning to pre-Covid levels,” he said.

In 2019, 34% of New York workers were freelancers, according to the Freelancers Union.

Because of this high percentage, particularly in the media and entertainment industries, “it’s critical that we continue to support our city’s independent community,” said Anne del Castillo, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and entertainment because it “will continue to be vital to the future of our city’s creative economy.

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