As we come to the close of our 10th year as a platform for work and community engagement, a renewed sense of possibility and purpose washes over our hives.
We’re expanding (again!) in both Beacon and Albany. (And, as previously announced, we’ll be opening a hive in Newburgh later this year.)
A New Lease (on Life) — and More Space — in the Beacon Flagship
Our original, flagship hive opened in early 2009 right in the heart of Beacon’s Main Street in the artisan-renovated, historic Telephone Building.
Our longtime landlord Deborah Bigelow has made the Telephone Building a prime example of the kind of smart, considered, sensitive and inspired revitalization that has brought many of us to Beacon — and likewise made longtime Beaconites proud.
And I’m proud — and frankly, blessed — to have launched BEAHIVE in the building and built it into a vibrant community space over the last 10-plus years.
In December, though, Deborah sold the building, bringing some uncertainty to our future. Thankfully the new owner appreciates BEAHIVE’s mission and history and the community we’ve built. And while our rent has inevitably increased (dramatically… gentrification!), we’ve negotiated a new lease.
With that we’re also expanding into the light and airy front room of the first floor with large windows overlooking Main Street and adjoining our lofty coworking space in the back. We now fully occupy the two main floors of this iconic building — giving us more coworking flexibility and more meeting and event space options.
I’ve opened hives in other communities and opened a second one (an annex) on Beacon’s Main Street, but we’re staying in the Telephone Building because it’s as much a part of BEAHIVE’s soul as, I think, BEAHIVE is of it. I hope it will remain the flagship hive — and will honor Deborah’s legacy — for another 10-plus years.
Another Floor in Albany
Our Albany hive opened in early 2012 right across from the gorgeous Gothic SUNY System Administration Building in Downtown Albany.
We’ve just added another floor in the building — a gorgeous loft-like top floor with exposed brick, soaring wood-beam ceiling, and sky lights — and now have several areas of open coworking space, 11 private studio offices, four meeting rooms, and three kitchenettes spread over three floors and 9,000 square feet.