Today, we're catching up with Jen Pinto, the creative genius behind the Instagram account, Girl with a Hotspot
, where she discovers all the best places in New York City with you guessed it...the best wifi hotspots. She's sharing her favorite spots in NYC with us - Jen says they must have good wifi, a good workspace and of course good food.
1. We love your Instagram account, Girl with a Hotspot. Tell us how it started.
Ralph's Coffee: 711 5th Ave. NYC Above the Ralph Lauren flagship store
I started my own company 3 years ago, JPINTO Consulting, after many years in the fashion industry working at brands such as Nanette Lepore, Prada, Gucci and Calvin Klein. As a Public Relations consultant on the run, I have the freedom to work from anywhere. As I was figuring out where to have a desk for the day on a daily basis, I started to find myself taking snapshots of spots around the city that I wanted to remember to go back to in the future. I started to realize that it was not easy to find the perfect spot that had all the components of a workspace for an entrepreneur on the run…super fast wifi, mello vibe, good coffee and atmosphere and a place to plug in or potentially have a meeting. A lot to consider!! With the growing number of freelancers and startups, I thought it would be helpful to capture the best spots around NYC that didn’t feel like your typical big chain kind of place so started @girlwithahotspot
2. Any tips for people looking for the perfect workspace in New York City (or any city)?
The best way to find your hotspot is to understand what is on the agenda for the day. Firstly, I try to base my decision on location and whether I have meetings in a particular neighborhood or where I may need to land. I also like to know if there are other wifi hotspots nearby in case I need a change of scenery. You realize as an independent, that variety during the day is a good thing. Secondly, I like to choose a place that may be good to conduct phone calls or meetings hence, a mello vibe. Lastly, I like to know that I can find a plug if I need one which we know always helps when you are on the run! Though if you are in a bind, always remember that a hotel lobby is always a great move as more often than not, they will have everything you need including free wifi.
3.Where are some of your favorite hotspots in the city?
Crave Espresso Bar: 386 Canal St. NYC
As I am constantly exploring, I find myself saying, “this is my new favorite spot” as there are really so many! If I had to narrow it down, I would say The Marlton Hotel is a great location as it really has it all. Great seating areas, super fast wifi, plugs and a sophisticated atmosphere for a meeting. Other favorites include Ralph’s Coffee in the Ralph Lauren flagship boutique on 5th Avenue, Café Whynot, Joe and the Juice, The Freehold and sitting outside at The Highline Hotel near the Intelligentsia truck now that Spring is finally here :)
Joe and the Juice - 43 W 42nd St. NYC
For more hotspots in NYC and beyond, follow Jen on Instagram @girlwithahotspot