Co-working Spaces Dominate Commercial Buildings In Crown Heights

Another co-working space is coming to Crown Heights as millennials and creatives flood in.

By Jeff Vasishta February 10, 2017

Co-working spaces are popping up in Brooklyn faster than roof leaks in a snowstorm. The latest is a 17,000-square-foot facility in one of Crown Heights’ largest office buildings.

Ignitia will open up its latest co-working space at 1000 Dean Street between Classon and Franklin Avenues this summer. Private offices and a shared desk space will occupy the first floor. The building was purchased and renovated by Brownstoner Development from its former incarnation as Studebaker car service building. It was once used to house the winter season of the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg markets before going on the become a co-working space with a different company, The Vault, whose deal fell through.

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One of the notable new tenants will be A+E Networks. They plan to launch their multi-platform content creation hub there, making it the first major broadcasting company to open offices in Central Brooklyn, reported

“Bringing A+E to Crown Heights is a game-changer for growing Brooklyn’s economy and expanding the horizon for commercial office space,” said Don Capoccia, Principal at BFC Partners, developers of the space. “With yet another high-profile tenant onboard, we’re proud that 1000 Dean has quickly become one of the city’s most vibrant creative hubs.”

Other tenants in the building include D’Addario, the Brooklyn Community Foundation and BERG’N, a 9,000 s/f food and beer hall operated by the founders of Smorgasburg.

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There have been a number of co-working spaces launched recently in Crown Heights. A smaller co-working space Dean Machine has been in operation since 2014 and the creatively minded company named another location Franklin Electric around the corner on Franklin Avenue. Each has their own co-workings ideals. Dean Machine prefers clients who rent a space for a minimum of six months in an effort to creative a conducive working atmosphere.

For the past five years or so Crown Heights has been a hub for development and gentrification in all its many forms. Amongst the many in the works, a proposal to turn two former commercial laundry facilities in southern Crown Heights into residential towers with more than 500 apartments has fueled much debate. New York Yimby recently revealed plans to re-purpose two 16-story, 175-foot-tall buildings at 40 Crown Street (which would hold 390 apartments, 150 of which would be below market) and 931 Carroll Street (128 apartments, 34 of which would rent for below-market rates).

In addition, plans have been swirling for a while to redevelop the Bedford Union Armory, a historic drill hall only a couple blocks away. The city currently hopes to convert a portion of the property into a recreation center, and the rest would become a mix of 165 affordable rentals, 12 middle-income condominiums, 165 market-rate rentals, and 48 condominiums.

Jeff Vasishta



Jeff is a writer, husband and father but not necessarily in that order. As a music journalist he counts Prince, Beyonce and Quincy Jones amongst those he’s interviewed. He's also owned and flipped homes in Brooklyn, NJ, CT and PA.
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