Manhattan is home to many different creative professionals. Designers, artists, advertising agencies, film & tv production companies, tech companies and many other industries make up New York City’s dynamic creative work force.These creators and business’ are typically drawn to inspiring spaces, and the most common type of space they inhabit tends to be commercial loft space.
MANHATTAN’S TOP CREATIVE OFFICE SPACE NEIGHBORHOODS:
And here’s a few surprises in that list:
TRIBECA: As you’ll see Tribeca is lower down on the list. So Tribeca is almost all loft space, but the majority of it tends to be residential, and while there are many great commercial loft spaces in Tribeca there are more residential loft spaces in this neighborhood than commercial loft spaces.
MIDTOWN: This neighborhood normally instills visions of more corporate office settings, and Class A office towers but Midtown is actually home to many creative loft spaces too. And some of the Class A office towers in Midtown have actually been retrofitted and repositioned to be creative office spaces. Some landlords have even gone as far as to pre-build many of the office spaces in these buildings into what is known as a “creative pre-built” which typically features polished concrete floors, high exposed ceilings, an open feeling layout, but also built with some glass offices and glass conference rooms. A lot of media agencies, creative agencies and others are commonly drawn to these spaces. It’s like having the best of both worlds with a Class A office tower and all of the perks and amenities that come with it, but still being to have the inspiring and exciting design of a creative loft.
One of the primary factors driving Manhattan’s plethora of creative office space in Manhattan is that so many of the office and loft buildings in Manhattan were built before World War II. Or what we commonly refer to in the industry as pre-war buildings. And the cliche of “they don’t make em like they used to” has never been more true when it comes to building design and architecture for buildings built prior World War II.
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If you go to any of the outer boroughs you’ll also find an abundance of creative office space, but the outer borough with the most creative office space is Brooklyn. And it’s no surprise as Brooklyn has such a vibrant, cool, creative scene it’s easy to see why so many creative professionals are drawn here. And there is an extraordinary amount of creative loft / office space in Williamsburg, Bushwick, Dumbo, Gowanus, Sunset Park, Red Hook, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Gowanus, and even Downtown Brooklyn.
Next to these Brooklyn neighborhoods the next neighborhood that is home to a large inventory of creative loft / office space is Long Island City in Queens. Long Island City, otherwise known as L.I.C. is known for its stunning creative office spaces and breath-taking Manhattan skyline views. And L.I.C also tends to be a little cheaper than some of the prime Brooklyn neighborhoods. And lastly you’ll even find some inspiring creative office space in the Bronx, especially the South Bronx (or SoBro for short).