Rising rents make it difficult for artists and creative entrepreneurs to live and work in New York City. Spaceworks is an experienced developer and operator of subsidized creative workspace, which aims to relieve some of the economic challenges that New Yorkers are facing.

Our staff comprises the necessary track record and expertise to interface with public and private development partners in order to co-create workspace with artists and cultural workers across disciplines. Our spaces in operation have consistently high activation rates, and demand for our work is increasing. Please contact us here if you're interested in working with us.

Building 301, Governors Island

Spaceworks will join the vibrant arts community on Governors Island with the reactivation of Building 301 into a cultural hub serving artists across disciplines.

History of the Island

Governors Island is located one-half mile south of Manhattan in New York Harbor. The Governors Island Historic District includes some 100 buildings and structures built between the early nineteenth century and the 1980s. From 1821 until 1966, Governors Island was home to the United States Army. For the thirty years following the Army's departure, until 1997, the Island became a base for the United States Coast Guard. Learn more.

Project Overview

Governors Island Building 301 is located in the Historic District of the Island, overlooking Buttermilk Channel and close to the Brooklyn ferry access pier. Formerly housing Public School 26, the building was constructed in 1934 when the Island acted as a base for the United States Army. Two east and west wing additions were added between 1959-60. After the construction of a larger public school in 1970 during the Coast Guard's tenure on the Island, the building was converted to a daycare center and operated as such until the Coast Guard departed in 1997. After being vacant for over 20 years, the building will be rehabilitated to serve as a multi-purpose creative hub comprised of performance/rehearsal spaces, studios, gallery and community space.

Project Status

Under construction

Meet Preeti Sodhi

Preeti Sodhi, Spaceworks' Governors Island Project Director, is responsible for overall management for this development project.

Development Team

The Trust for Governors Island
The LiRo Group, Construction Manager
Vamos Architects, Architect
Blueberry Builders, Demolition & Abatement Contractor

Project Highlights

Project initiated in 2013


Borough: Manhattan


21,000+ square feet


Historic preservation project with anticipated LEED Silver status


Multi-disciplinary creative hub featuring performance/ rehearsal spaces, studios, gallery and community space


This project is made possible by public funds from the New York Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council

Park Avenue Green, South Bronx 

Spaceworks is partnering with OMNI NY LLC to bring a mixed-use creative space to the South Bronx for local artists and residents.

Project Overview

Park Avenue Green is an affordable housing project developed by OMNI that features 107 newly constructed residential units. The building is being constructed through the Extremely Low & Low-Income Affordability program (ELLA) of the New York City Housing Development Corporation and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

Through a partnership with OMNI, Spaceworks will be operating a mixed-use creative arts space on the ground floor of the development, featuring 18 art studios, a gallery space, and community space. We are currently collaborating with Bronx-based artists and organizations to co-create an operational model to best serve the long term sustainability of this space.

Community Engagement

Spaceworks spent the last 3 years conducting extensive outreach with Bronx-based artists, residents, and community-based organizations, including BxArts Factory, Peggy Robles Alvarado/Robles Entertainment, Bombazo Dance Co, among others. Community engagement methods include grassroots efforts such as on-the-ground outreach with local businesses, organizations and residents, meetings with individual artists, and larger focus groups.

Project Status

Under construction

Meet Raul R. Rivera

Raul R. Rivera, Spaceworks' Community & Engagement Manager, is responsible for outreach efforts and community initiatives for Spaceworks' projects citywide. Based in the Bronx, he has built strong relationships with the local creative arts community and leads partnership-building for this project. Raul currently serves on The Bronx Museum of the Arts Community Advisory Council.

Project Highlights

Project initiated in 2017


Borough: Bronx


240 E 153rd Street


Approx. 5,000 square feet


18 art studios, gallery space, community space

334 Furman Street, Brooklyn Bridge Park

Spaceworks proposes to establish a new center for the creative arts in Brooklyn Bridge Park. 

Project Overview

The proposed project will transform 334 Furman Street, an early 20th century three story former site of the New York Dock Company, into a revitalized home for the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation and Conservancy offices, as well as a hub for residents, cultural workers, artists across disciplines, and Brooklyn-based cultural organizations.

With the proposed project, Spaceworks aims to build upon the ongoing transformation already underway along Brooklyn's East River Waterfront while seeking to achieve the following goals:

  • Providing a stable home for Brooklyn-based artists, as well as for local cultural nonprofit organizations to grow their programming and capacity
  • Creating a thriving lab and workspace that will allow for collaboration amongst artists and cultural organizations
  • Developing a facility that reflects the public, community nature of Brooklyn Bridge Park, while also increasing park access for individual and public partners
  • Providing community residents and visitors to Brooklyn Bridge Park with public programming developed in partnership with Brooklyn artists

Project Status

Pre-development

Development Team

Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation
Vamos Architects, Architect
Daly Gonzales, Government & Community Affairs Consultant

Community Engagement

Spaceworks is in conversations with local cultural organizations to serve as anchor tenants and to assist in providing stewardship and programming for the facility.

Project Highlights

Borough: Brooklyn


22,000+ square feet, 3 story building


Multi-disciplinary center for the arts featuring artistic development space, cultural organization office space, community/programming space


This project is made possible by public funds from the New York Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council

The Peninsula, Hunts Point

Spaceworks is a part of the community-supported redevelopment project The Peninsula, an opportunity to support artists living and working in the Hunts Point neighborhood of the Bronx.

Project Overview

NYCEDC is working alongside the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to redevelop the former Spofford Juvenile Detention Center into a mixed-use, live/work campus known as The Peninsula. Within the development, Spaceworks will operate subsidized creative workspace including performing arts rehearsal space.

Development Team

Gilbane Development Company
The Hudson Companies
Mutual Housing Association of New York (MHANY)
WXY Architecture/Body Lawson Associates, Architects

Community Sponsors
Urban Health Plan
The Point CDC

Community Engagement

Beginning in December 2014, NYCEDC performed extensive outreach with local elected officials, key local stakeholders, and local residents to discuss the priorities for the site. Some of the neighborhood stakeholders included Bronx Community Board 2, BronxWorks, the Hunts Point Alliance for Children, City Year, Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, Sustainable South Bronx, and many others.

Project Status

Construction on the first phase is expected to wrap in 2021, phase two is supposed to be complete in 2022, and the entire five building project (four residential and one industrial) is scheduled to finish in 2024.

Project Highlights

Borough: Bronx


Approx. 5,000 square feet


Creative workspace including performing arts rehearsal space