DITMARS — An Astoria performance venue will open its doors next month to frustrated freelancers looking to get out of the house, offering them a place to work stocked with bagels and $1 coffee.
Q.E.D.-A Place to Show & Tell, which bills itself as "after-school for grown-ups" and normally hosts events like comedy shows and craft workshops, will turn into a co-working space during daytime hours for the month of April, its owner said.
"Our regular customers kept griping that when they wanted to get out of their apartment and away from roommates to get some good 'coffee shop' work done, the one good place with coffee, Wi-Fi, and outlets had no seats left or everyone was crammed together," Q.E.D owner Kambri Crews said in announcing the plans.
"We have plenty of space and tables that sit empty during the day, so we are responding to this need," she added.
The venue, located on 23rd Avenue near 28th Street, will offer Wi-Fi, printing, faxing and scanning services to workers who need it, as well as coffee and tea for just $1.
All services will be free, aside from the printing, which will cost 10 cents for black-and-white and 20 cents for color.
Freelancers will also be able to fortify themselves at a self-serve bagel station or order food like muffins, cereal, yogurt, wraps and sandwiches.
Q.E.D may make the setup permanent depending on interest. The co-working hours for April will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
The space isn't the only new option for local freelancers — co-working company WeWork opened its first Queens offices Thursday at 35-37 36th St. in Astoria, the same building as beer garden and event space Studio Square.