CapNY Coworking Spaces: Urban Co-Works in Schenectady

Since popping up as one of CapNY’s first coworking spaces, Urban Co-Works has become a second home for lots of local professionals who choose to make this downtown office the hub for their hustle. 

The Neighborhood

Urban Co-Works
Your host, Skully

Urban Co-Works in Schenectady is at the corner of quaint, little Jay Street and the city’s busy main corridor, State Street. This fourth-floor space features grand views of the downtown district. There’s a large conference room overlooking the historic Proctors Theatre marquee. And, this spacious, open office has character — namely a friendly life-size skeleton called Skully that greets visitors upon arrival.  

The Space

Inside of the space at Urban Co-Works

Inside, there are chances to meet real live humans as well. “We love the open concept and the ability for people to mingle, get to know each other, do business with each other,” Urban Co-Works CEO Jeff Goronkin said. 

Members can choose their desired level of social interaction. Options include solo desks and large community-style tables, to cozy lounge chairs or soundproof phone booths for privacy. Private offices, like the one with a giant reminder to “Be Awesome Today,” are available, too.  


Inside of the space at Urban Co-Works

Throughout Urban Co-Works, the atmosphere is calm, clean and super quiet. Lively networking opportunities are periodically scheduled at the on-site event space.  For example, Schenectady-based gaming company, Gaming Insomniacs, hosts its eSports league here on a regular basis for some serious gaming fun. 

Membership is diverse and eclectic. Coworking professionals may include tech, banking, health care, medical innovation, mental health services, or sustainability consultants. Others work in affordable energy, business and product innovations, and Guatemalan chocolate.

The Basics

Kitchen in Ubran Co-Works

Coworking comes a wide range of perks. Community manager Kristen Guastella says, “We try to provide as much as we can to members, of course, other than just the Wi-Fi and the comfortable chairs.”

At Urban Co-Works, you’ll get 24/7 key card entry, high speed (FIOS) internet, printing, lockable storage, indoor bike storage, and restrooms. Plus, there’s a kitchenette and complimentary coffee, tea and water. 

Bathroom in Urban Co-Works

Memberships are scaled to your needs. Want a one day pass, 5 or 10 days per month flex memberships or private offices? All of these have access to use of a conference room with Bluetooth, television and video accessories. For those in need of private space, Urban Co-working offers affordable, fully furnished offices by the month. Offices accommodate up to 5 teammates, with a business address, and on-site office support plus all the basic benefits.

Ambition Coffee and Eatery
Ambition Coffee and Eatery

Urban Co-Works has plenty of nearby eateries to explore. There’s great take out or delivery all within walking distance. Grab breakfast or lunch at quirky coffee shop Ambition. Stop in for tea time at the Whistling Kettle. Or feast on a hearty Italian meal at Johnny’s . These are just a few spots on this adorable, pedestrian-only section of Jay Street.

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Written by: Lauren Halligan

CapNY native Lauren Halligan is a lifelong Saratoga County resident. She studied journalism at The College of Saint Rose in Albany and has worked as a full time reporter for The Saratogian and The Record newspapers for the past seven years. Her favorite part of living in the Capital Region is frequenting the local live music venues. Lauren also enjoys exploring the many parks and nature trails within the area, as well as traveling all across the globe.