Digital Nomad Guide to New York

Check out the best places to stay, coworking spaces and communities to get involved with if you're considering moving to New York.

Published on
December 18, 2020

Considering New York for a remote work trip? Here's what you need to know, including where to stay, coworking spaces and startups based in the neighborhood.

How to find accommodation in New York


There are plenty of coliving spaces in New York, making it easy for you to meet people as soon as you arrive. Outsite offers discounts on stays of more than 60 days, ideal for short term room rentals in New York.

House Shares

Spare Room and Craigslist are the most commonly used websites for finding a house share in New York.

Apartment Hunting

It's difficult to find a short term lease in New York, and typically, you'll have to work with a broker to secure an apartment - broker fees are additional on top of any moving fees and costs.

Getting around New York 

Public Transportation in New York  


The New York City subway system makes it easy to explore different neighborhoods and boroughs. To ride the subway, you’ll need to purchase a Metro card first. From there, you can add specific amounts, or purchase a single ride, 7-day pass, or 30-day pass.


Another great way to see the city is through the Citibike bike share program. Pass options include 30-minutes, Day Pass, 3-Day Pass, and Annual Pass. There are at least 5 bike stations within a few blocks of Outsite Brooklyn. We recommend downloading the Citibike App to your phone.

Electric Scooters in New York

E-scooters are a fun and eco-friendly way to get around New York. Just download the Lime, Bird, or Uber Jump app to get started. Find a parked scooter, scan the QR code, and get riding. These scooters can go up to 15MPH and get you around locally pretty easily. 

Uber or Lyft in New York

Using ride share apps is a great way to get around New York conveniently and safely. You’re likely to get an Uber or Lyft easily within a few minutes, and they’ll take you anywhere. 

Digital nomad and startup communities in New York

There are strong freelance, remote and startup communities in New York. Tap into them by joining one of the local Meet Up Groups, joining a coworking space, or joining the Outsite Community. Our Spaces in Brooklyn and Manhattan have local WhatsApp Groups, perfect for meeting other locals.

Coworking and coffee shops in New York

Cowork culture is very much alive in New York, and there are great places for working remotely - outside of home.

Coworking Spaces

The Yard in Williamsburg and Greendesk in Brooklyn are widely trusted coworking spaces, ideal if you're here for a day, week or a month. WeWork and The Wing also have branches here. If you're after a smaller community, Brooklyn Writers Space and Brooklyn Creative League may be up your street.

Best coffee shops with WiFi in New York

A/D/O is often touted as the best cafe for freelancers in New York. Freehold, in Brooklyn, is a cafe by day and bar by night - perfect if you've spent too much time at home.


New York is blessed with some open (and free) coworking spaces. Check out the David Rubenstein Atrium at theLincoln Center and The New York Public Library.

Startups in New York

If you're in the U.S, you're probably familiar with this one. Venmo is the easiest way to send and receive money with friends in the United States. They have 60 million users at the time of writing.

Betterment is an app used for managing your investments, first launched in 2008.

General Assembly
This is a non-profit education startup, best known for teaching technology skills - you can now find them almost anywhere in the world, but they started in New York.

3.5 million people are registered with Skillshare, a website for hosting educational videos and course content.

This is the original subscription beauty box, first started in 2010. The company now has headquarters in North America and Europe.

Gyms and yoga studios in Brooklyn - New York

Chalk Gyms         
Barre, HIIT and weight-based classes in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

CrossFit Virtuosity
A friendly CrossFit gym in Brooklyn - CrossFit provide weight-based, high intensity classes, and open gym sessions.

Yoga to the People
An affordable yoga studio with a friendly vibe.

Gyms and yoga studios in Manhattan - New York

Blink Fitness  
There are multiple Blink Fitness gyms around Manhattan. Blink typically has free weights, cardio rooms, and small lockers.

Tone House
An independent gym in Murray Hill, Manhattan, known for HIIT classes and a friendly vibe.

mang'Oh Yoga
A small, friendly yoga studio offering vinyasa, hatha and ashtanga classes in Murray Hill.

Grocery stores and farmers markets in New York

There are multiple Traders Joes and Wholefoods available in New York. Some of the best known farmers markets include Union Square, Chelsea Farmers Market, and Sunnyside Greenmarket.

Looking for a place to stay in New York? Check out Outsite Brooklyn, Chelsea, and Manhattan.

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