The Artist Co-op is unique as the only coworking space specific to artists. Created by Rachel Berger and opened in 2017, Rachel has combined her experience as an actor, inspiration from other coworking spaces, and her own personal style to ensure that the Artist Co-op is able to support all aspects of a variety of artistic projects. The mission of the Artist Co-op is to "Create a thriving environment to nurture the innate multidisciplinary nature of the artist community.” As a special tool, space, and community designed for artists, The Artist Co-op is integral to New York City’s artistic community.
Originally, Rachel envisioned The Artist Co-op in the iconic art center of Times Square. However, she quickly saw her 52nd street location as its own unique art hub within the larger art scene. Its location in Hell’s Kitchen enables the Artist-Co-op to benefit from proximity to the theatre district as well as a neighborhood atmosphere. Added onto the classic business amenities of general coworking spaces are rehearsal rooms, a research library, workshopping opportunities, and a kitchen. For Rachel, “any successful artist is a business person,” meaning the existence of a multidisciplinary space for an artist that combines creativity and business is essential.
Fig & Olive is Mediterranean-inspired dining in its most exquisite form. On my first visit to this location, I was drawn in by the collection of wine and olive oil bottles lining the walls and the chic rustic decor that feels reminiscent of eating in the Italian countryside. Never has there been a time when I have dined at one of the several Fig & Olives in Manhattan, that I did not have an excellent experience. I have feasted on fresh ingredients assembled into delectable creations. I was thrilled to take the Manhattan Sideways team here for lunch one day where they raved over the selection of crostini and devoured the mouthfuls of perfectly paired ingredients – goat cheese and caramelized onion, for example – heaped onto small squares of fresh bread. Another favorite that I introduced them to was the zucchini carpaccio served with lemon and olive oil. We accompanied the meal with a beautifully presented Cucumber Cosmos and Rossellinis, selected from the extensive cocktail menu.
McKinney Welding Supply has been a fixture in Hell’s Kitchen since 1943. This long-running business is family-owned and employs about thirty-five people, ten of them being family members. Allen Dickon, branch manager of the West 52nd Street store, told us "We are the only place in Manhattan where you can find all of your welding and compressed gas products under one roof. ”