Harlem Garage open for (small) business

Harlem Garage new occupant John McGuinness, founder of real estate firm Harlem Properties, works alongside his employee Ena Miller.

Ian Fried/New York Daily News

Harlem Garage new occupant John McGuinness, founder of real estate firm Harlem Properties, works alongside his employee Ena Miller.

The pioneers of Silicon Harlem have finally set up shop.

The first young entrepreneurs have moved into Harlem Garage, a city-funded small business incubator featuring low-cost office space at communal tables.

It opened this week and half the spaces are already taken.

“All my friends are like, ‘Why leave Brooklyn? It’s where it’s at,’” said Davida Pitta, 36, founder of Orange Moon Creative, who commutes from Bedford–Stuyvesant to the Garage on W. 118th St.

“I am looking for the next thing, and that’s Silicon Harlem.”

Other renters include Harlem Properties, a new real estate firm; and education consultants Alquimia Capital.

This is the new Harlem Garage, uptown's first city funded office share space on W.118 St.

Ian Fried

This is the new Harlem Garage, uptown’s first city funded office share space on W.118 St.

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An “office” rents for a $ 300 a month — about half the going rate in downtown Manhattan or Brooklyn.

Harlem Garage is one of several new techie attractions north of 96th St. Columbia University professor Sam Sia is expected to open Harlem Biospace, which will host budding pharmaceutical and bioengineering businesses, by the end of the year.

Eventually, the so-called “Factory District,” a pocket of soon-to-be renovated buildings on the far end of W. 125th St., will house a slew of new startups, according to developer Janus Property Company.

The city provided the seed money in the form of $ 250,000 to Harlem Garage and $ 625,000 to Harlem Biospace.

“The dividing line of 110th St. is diminishing,” said John McGuinness, founder of Harlem Properties who was working out of his W. 127th St. home before moving into Harlem Garage. “There is enormous opportunity in Harlem. You can grow with the neighborhood.”

Harlem is not the only neighborhood getting its own incubator. Just this week, the city announced it would provide initial grant money to set up a similar “co-work” space in Jamaica, Queens.

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