In 2011, Morris Levy and Richard Beyda, two Brooklyn natives with backgrounds in entrepreneurship and real estate, found that there were little options for flexible workers or companies who needed space but couldn’t commit to an expensive, long-term lease. They wanted to be a destination for the many entrepreneurs who wanted the Brooklyn community they called home, and the borough they grew up and now live in, to also be the headquarters for their growing businesses.
Morris and Richard chose the name The Yard to evoke the feeling of balance between work and play, an area where you would congregate to get things done, meet other people and also be able to hang out and enjoy yourself. That first location of The Yard in an old warehouse at the intersection of Williamsburg and Greenpoint has become a place for entrepreneurs to share their experiences and foster their ideas.
Joining The Yard as original members were companies including Uber, Namely, Blue Apron, Wanderfly, and the writing team behind Academy Award-winning film Birdman.
Since then, our community has grown to more than 900 companies and thousands of members across 9 locations in New York City and Philadelphia. Additional locations are underway across Brooklyn, Manhattan, Boston and Washington, D.C.
Members join The Yard because we prioritize a culture of serious work, celebration of growth and sophisticated play.
The Yard culture fosters creativity and inspiration while never sacrificing helping you achieve your business objectives.
Distracting elements like beer on tap or arcade games are not included in the space so that you have a professional environment to work and welcome guests.
Amenities like The Yard's Wellness Program, which includes on-demand meditation sessions through our digital network The BackYard and on-site health activities, help our members refocus and find moments of balance during their day.
The Yard community is a warm, driven group of entrepreneurs who want to celebrate each others achievements and learn from one another.
Interacting, contributing to and benefitting from local businesses, our creative community is unique to each neighborhood and bursting with undeniable entrepreneurial spirit.
To foster and grow unique networks, The Yard provides both educational and networking programs specifically designed to mine experience from its members that help the collective community achieve their business goals.
Our Community Managers are a key component to curating a successful community within each location of The Yard to help inspire collaboration and facilitate business connections.
Central to productivity, is the concept of design. Each space is designed with the modern worker in mind. What will inspire them and provide interesting venues to be the most productive? With a refined contemporary, classic aesthetic with industrial flourishes, our spaces are impressive but not distracting.
Our renovations reveal and accentuate the unique character of each building: its history, structure, and neighborhood. With each new location, we ask: How can this space be inspired, and inspiring? It’s our way of connecting to the city; our stand against generic buildings and interiors. Our goal is to customize each location to highlight the soul of the building, and neighborhood it calls home.
Unique to The Yard is our Art Program, which enables a constant rotation of art works from highly regarded curators that turn each space into a beautifully evolving, living gallery. Works have included local and internationally renowned artists who celebrate with members at opening receptions to talk about their pieces.