Where To Find DIY Space In Big Cities?

Where To Find DIY Space In Big Cities?

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Tess Wilson
Nov 29, 2015

Q: A year ago I became a Southern transplant to NYC. Gone are my days of garages, basements, decks, and driveways in and on which to do all the DIY projects my heart desires. Heck, I barely even have space to store power tools in the tiny apartment I share with roommates. My question is this: does anyone know of any shared spaces in NYC (preferably Manhattan) where similarly spatially challenged folks can go to work on their DIY projects? Specifically, I have my heart set on a black and white ombre Christmas tree, but my apartment just doesn't have the space or ventilation needed for a spray paint project...

I've happily tackled all the other "shrinking" pains that come with transitioning from the suburbs to the city. I'm not above trekking through the subway system with larger-than-appropriate items, I've embraced the gem that is the Brooklyn flea market, and I can ride the IKEA ferry with the best of them. But how do other urbanites in NYC or elsewhere solve the maker space problem? If there aren't any shared spaces, do readers have ideas on how I can make my space work for DIY projects (like ways to spray paint indoors?). Apartment Therapy has so many great DIY projects that I don't know where to start. But when I say "where to start", I literally mean where. -Sent by Lane

Editor: Awesome question! Readers, please share your recommendations for maker spaces around the country—and the world!

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