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Welcome to the cooperBricolage wiki!

(this wiki sponsored by PBWiki - for the tastiest wiki around!)


This wiki is to update any and all on the progress and thoughts regarding the Coworking space being built out in the East Village in Manhattan.


Please add your thoughts/questions to the Notes page (password is "cafe"). Old alerts found here. 

When you come into the cafe, please sign in on the CB Signin List.


New York City Tech Resources

After listening to a number of people ask various questions on "Where can I find X?", we are publishing a list of providers for New York Tech Entrepreneurs here on the CooBric wiki. Feel free to add your information to the wiki, just the information - no more, no less.


What is cooperBricolage?

Frequently called "cooBric" for shorthand and confused with a film director, cooperBricolage is a private cafe space for entrepreneurs, interactive designers, programmers and technologists leveraging the concept of the "Inventors Institute" originated in the late 1870s by inventor Peter Cooper.


cooperBricolage is where you can use "free" wifi and get a cuppa tea and/or sandwich. People in the cafe workspace are working to build businesses, artistic collaboration or are programming for a new startup. We are trying to minimize the normal cafe traffic that comes from being in Starbucks or some other Internet cafes.


The goal is to create a community of entrepreneurs to work together instead of at our homes and alone - sharing (when others are receptive) and respecting (when others ask for their space). The goal is to inspire new ideas and create a fertile environment for startups.


And for you who are really curious, from Wikipedia:


Bricolage is a term used in several disciplines, among them the visual arts and literature, to refer to:

  • the construction or creation of a work from a diverse range of things which happen to be available

  • a work created by such a process


It is borrowed from the French word ''bricolage, from the verb ''bricoler – equivalent to the English "do-it-yourself", the core meaning in French being, however, "fiddle, tinker" and, by extension, "make creative and resourceful use of whatever materials are to hand (regardless of their original purpose)".


Bricolage as a design approach – in the sense of building by trial and error – is often contrasted to ''engineering: theory-based construction.  A person who engages in bricolage is a ''bricoleur: someone who invents his or her own strategies for using existing materials in a creative, resourceful, and original way. 


CooperBricolage is a coworking space based out of Gramstand on 13th and Avenue A in Manhattan. It is also referred to as "Cooper Bricolage" and "CooBric", among other things.


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