To differentiate themselves, some coworking spaces are specializing in targeted industries.
The latest is VillageOne, which will open in Soho on Oct. 19 with clients that focus on communications, fashion and photography.
VillageOne was founded by Vivienne Yang, a Chinese national and former anchorwoman with Phoenix Satellite TV. Yang is passionate about creative projects and art and has contacts with entrepreneurs, artists and creative professionals across China and the US.
The 4,000-square-foot space on part of the seventh floor at 594 Broadway has high ceilings and plenty of light.
Along with food and space, VillageOne is providing access to a professional photo studio. It is fitted with Profoto lighting fixtures and has its own private bathroom and makeup room.
For now, membership is $220 per month, or $2,420 per year. The photo studio rents to anyone, member or not, with hourly rates now half the usual $150 per hour.
Elliot Warren of the Kaufman Organization represented the tenant, while Donna Vogel of GFP Real Estate represented the building owner in-house. The asking rent was $65 per square foot.
The mid-block building is a mix of medical and artsy tenants and includes the offices of Global Citizen, which encourages folks to do good deeds in order to earn tickets to its annual high-profile Central Park concerts, one of which took this past weekend.