An Inside Look at NYC's Incubators: Harlem Garage
What's incubating, NYC?
To date, NYCEDC has helped launch 15 startup incubators across New York City's five boroughs. These incubators collectively support over 1,000 jobs and provide affordable working space to innovative and promising entrepreneurs who are building businesses. This Incubator Series provides an inside look into each unique workspace, the companies they house, and how they promote economic growth in New York City.
Enter the coworking space at Harlem Garage and it's clear that community rules. Here, small businesses, freelancers, and entrepreneurs huddle in the spirit of collaboration and productivity in the heart of Harlem.
Opened in November 2013, the 6000-square foot facility includes conference rooms, high-speed Internet provided by Verizon, and full-service office equipment. Harlem Garage also provides membership discounts to minority and woman-owned businesses.
Ultimately, the space is about empowering community. Harlem Garage has a robust programming calendar with most events open to the public. These include networking and panel discussions that are often co-hosted with other Harlem tech organizations including Silicon Harlem, Columbia Startup Lab, and Harlem Co-Working Group.
Let's learn more about Harlem Garage and the companies brewing inside.
Harlem Garage Basic Facts
Year Founded: 2013
Number of Companies Currently Working There: 34 full-time companies, approximately 250 entrepreneurs
Neighborhood: Harlem, Manhattan
Closest Transit: 125th Street (A, B, C, D)
Major industries represented at Harlem Garage: EdTech, Real Estate, Mobile App Development, Written Media, Digital Media Production, Graphic Design
Inside Harlem Garage: Harlem App Collective
Sophie Fader and William Falcon started Harlem App Collective, an iOS development and design firm this year. As Sophia and William (below) grow their 4-month startup, they relish meeting other entrepreneurs in a productive but fun environment. Let's get to know them!
In one sentence, what is Harlem App Collective?
At Harlem App Collective, we design, build, and launch custom mobile applications.
What are the benefits of being a part of Harlem Garage?
The community, of course, but also keeping our overhead low and being close to home. We both live in Harlem.
Best day for Harlem App collective so far?
Depositing our first big check!
What was your first job in NYC?
Sophie: I grew up in the area, so I'd have to say babysitting. I've had jobs since I was about 12 years old.
Will: International Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch
Favorite place near the incubator to nosh?
Sophie: At Silvana, I order the egg sandwich with hummus and tahini. Or I get the the Chicken Tikka Masala at Red Chili.
Will: Lamb Shawarma—at Silvana.
Best mode of transportation to get to the incubator?
We both walk! I walk down from the 140s by way of Convent and St. Nicholas. Will lives right around the corner, so he has a really quick commute.
Why be in NYC?
Sophie: I’ve been living in the New York area my whole life. There’s no place like home!
Will: The amazing talent pool and the culture. Why wouldn’t you?
You heard it. Interested in joining the Harlem Garage community? Head uptown, attend an event, or visit the Harlem Garage website to learn more.