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Freelancers Union Opening FiDi Outpost With Doctors and Free Yoga

By Ben Fractenberg | October 16, 2013 5:30pm
 The Freelancers Union is building a new space at 80 Maiden Lane in Lower Manhattan, set to open on Jan. 7, 2014.
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MANHATTAN — The Freelancers Union is building an outpost in the Financial District that will offer medical care and free yoga to members. 

The 7,200-square-foot space, which is slated to open on Jan. 7 at 80 Maiden Lane, will offer a 600-square-foot yoga room, acupuncture and primary care without a co-pay for enrollees of the Freelancers Insurance Company, according to the union.

“Freelancers are the future of the economy and together our members are building what the new workforce needs to thrive,” Sara Horowitz, founder and executive director of the union, said in a statement. “Our second freelancer hall is proof positive that 225,000 freelancers working together can do anything.”

A similar space for the Freelancers Union opened in Downtown Brooklyn in 2012.

The new Financial District hall will also offer classes and networking events.

There will be three doctors, one nurse practitioner and one registered nurse working at the space.

The Freelancers Insurance Company covers about 26,00 New York-based independent workers, according to the organization.

The Manhattan location hopes to serve up to 2,000 more freelancers.

The Brooklyn practice has 3,400 members and gets about 700 patient visits per month, according to the Freelancers Union.