My wife and I are in Brooklyn NY visiting our daughters (youngest lives here, oldest is flying in tonight) and spouses. I had some free time today so clumsily navigated the subway system and visited Makerspace NYC. Wanted to see if it’s something our daughter would be interested in or something I could use if I’m up here cat sitting.
501c3. Very cool space, lots of similarities, some equipment I wish we had, Jim the shop steward gave me a tour, then I talked to Scott Van Campen who started it.
About half the floorspace but two locations, much smaller membership (150ish) more expensive (250$/mth apparently reasonable for NYC) Geared more towards people making a living vs hobbiests. Limited hours, two nights till 8pm, the rest 10-4, closed mondays, staffed when open. Recently got some grants for job training programs. Working on a third location across the street that would have equipment plus small rented workspaces.
The City of Brooklyn originally worked with The Techshop to start Makerspace NYC but the Techshop filed for bankruptcy nationwide two weeks after opening the Brooklyn location. I vaguely remember hearing about The Techshop in Austin closing.
Covid has been tough and membership dropped. Most of their classes are one on one, for instance Mig welding is a 3 hour session followed by a two hour session then another hour covering the ancillary equipment involved. They have Oxy Acetylene at their Statten Island location and working towards getting it in Brooklyn.