Where Freelancers Can Find Office Space in Western Queens

Create NY Space, 35-18 37th St.

Create NY Space isn't your typical office. The shared work site, which opened May 1, is located inside The Aurora Gallery, an art and event space in Long Island City. 

The location makes the space a good fit for creative professionals or "anybody who wants to work outside of the cubicle," according to co-founder Naeema Arrastia, who started the site with partner, Ron Rateau.

The two run a marketing firm — The Aurora Gallery is one of its clients — and Arrastia said their vision for Create NY Space was based on what they were unable to find during their own search for a place to work in the neighborhood.

"We didn't want a formal office space," she said. "We wanted something that was more geared to the creative process."

The Aurora Gallery's owner, Eli Rios, also works in furniture restoration, so the decor includes many antique and restored pieces. Much of the seating is open, though members have the option of signing up for a designated desk.