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There's constant chatter about New York City's ever-growing technology sector?some even predict a general migration of trend-setting entrepreneurs and programming gurus from Silicon Valley to the Big Apple?and this week, New Yorkers have the opportunity to visit the offices of more than 130 tech companies and start-ups. As part of OpenCo. NY, an event described as "a mix between a business conference and an artist's open studio," companies will open their doors to us plebes, hosting tours, talks, and more.

The list of participating businesses is extensive, so we dug through the offerings to pick out 12 companies with the coolest designed workspaces in the city. Make sure to sign up for the event and then schedule your office visiting sessions all before the deadline at 6 p.m. EST on Tuesday. From Google's playful Chelsea office, complete with scooters and fire hydrants that evoke a sense of place, to MakerBot's 3D printing "bot farm," there's no shortage of inspiring design to be ogled. Kind of makes you want to ditch bland, monotonous cubicle culture altogether, huh?

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1. Etsy Inc

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55 Washington St, Fl 5
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 855-7955
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Etsy's offices are what one would expect from a service that sells crafty everything: an eclectically designed Brooklyn loft filled with handmade designs. The large, light-filled space is located within a Dumbo warehouse, and you'll find a record-covered wall, mushroom-like lamps on tree-branch stands, pastel-colored curtains, and call rooms that look like British phone booths. See more photos on Office Snapshots.

2. Quirky

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606 West 28th Street
New York, NY 10001

Quirky, a product development company, recently moved into a new 27,000-square-foot office on the top floor of the Terminal Stores Building. They hired architecture firm Spector Group to design the space, which has a 1,500-square-foot rooftop deck. We're just slightly jealous. Spector refurbished the wide plank floors and heavy timber used in the building and played up the industrial elements like brick walls, concrete floors, and skylights to give the space that "raw" feeling. See more photos on the Spector Group's website.

3. Google Chelsea Market

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75 9th Ave
New York, NY 10011

The search engine giant's offices take up a full square block in Chelsea. Outside of four cafeterias with bonkers FREE food (tons of it organic), the office also has scooters for whom walking from meeting to meeting is too pedestrian. Even though its headquarters are in Mountain View, Calif., Google has made the most of its Big Apple location, with a conference room mimicking a tiny apartment, as well as hallways complete with subway grates and fire hydrants and the occasional old-time NY phone booths. Click through for a video door and more photos. You'll find us at the dessert trucks on the 8th floor. [Photo]

4. Aviary HQ

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243 W 30th St
New York, NY 10001

The offices of Aviary, a tech company that powers photo editing tools (including the filters on Twitter), are fittingly decked out with birds. Two large charcoal bird murals dominate the walls, and the exposed duct work is covered with fake plants and little birds. Faux feathered friends pop up just about everywhere in the three-room office: on desks, near light switches, in decorative cages. [Photos via Business Insider]

5. Echoing Green

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494 8th Ave, 2nd floor
New York, NY

Architecture firm Taylor and Miller reimagined the offices of Echoing Green, a nonprofit that works "to solve the world's biggest problems," as a flexible space that can be easily changed. The designers created a Tetris-like set of shelves and desks that are configured into different cubicles and work spaces. The units can be arranged for different levels of privacy, and they can be taken apart used in a completely new space if Echoing Green relocates. Check out more photos on the designers' website.

6. BuzzFeed

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54 W 21st St, Fl 11
New York, NY 10010

Buzzfeed of the viral listicles has a Flatiron District office that's infinitely cooler than its stories about puppies. Primary colors abound, including bright yellow walls, emblazoned with their signature exclamations (like "win!") serve as the backdrop to glassed-in conference rooms with modern white chairs for brainstorming, where you can even scribble ideas on the walls. According a a survey of Buzzfeed's corporate culture and office space in Fast Company, "The one-word review buttons familiar to any visitor to the Buzzfeed site (LOL, OMG, WIN, WTF, Etc.) appear IRL in various places throughout the office." A kitchen-slash-cafeteria provides another space for working and socializing; its mugs are emblazoned those same catchphrases (like "wtf?") and a red arrow skyrocketing upwards. Yeah, it probably represents its traffic.[Photo]

7. MakerBot Industries HQ

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1 Metrotech Ctr
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(347) 334-6800
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Earlier this year, 3D printing wizards MakerBot moved into the 21st floor of Downtown Brooklyn's MetroTech. The 30,000-square-foot space is like a gadget playground for grown-ups. The Brooklyn Paper toured the space in February, bringing reports of office furniture that looks like giant stackable toys and a "bot farm" where 3D printers constantly churn out replicas. [Photo]

8. WeWork Labs NY

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175 Varick St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 961-1300
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One of the major tenants within recently rezoned Hudson Square, WeWork is a shared workspace for entrepreneurs. From company founders to freelancers in fields from IT to PR, the idea is that different business owners will learn from each other (and just plain become friends) in a communal office rather than working from home or a coffee shop. It's also a money-saver, with a few hundred dollars a month getting tenants not only a desk but food, booze, and a hang-out area, a game lounge, private phone booths, indoor bike storage, and organic coffee. According to the photos on WeWork's website, this branch is decorated like a cozy, eclectic apartment, with a green kitchen area, colorful geometric carpets, and patterned wallpaper adorned with framed prints and a chalkboard.

9. General Assembly East

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902 Broadway, Fl 4
New York, NY 10010

Another Flatiron office is home to General Assembly, which organizes classes and meet-ups for tech entrepreneurs, designers, and developers. Lots of chalkboards and whiteboards are meant to encourage creativity, according to The Next Web, and the company actually practices what it preaches when it comes to supporting small businesses. The office is kitted out with furniture produced by emerging young designers in an attempt to support entrepreneurs in other fields. Communal tables are made from wood reclaimed from barns or high school bleachers. Aside from long tables for laptops and conference rooms, there's also cozy, wood paneled meeting and socializing space, like a long bar with high stools.

10. AppNexus

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28 W 23rd St
New York, NY 10010
(646) 723-7844
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A stone's throw from Madison Square Park, this company creates customizable advertising platforms for apps. In its lounge, you can find a colorful, typographically cool timeline of the company's history on the wall, with modern red and gray couches and an abstract yellow coffee table, according to a writeup in The Next Web. In what looks like an homage to a Jackson Pollack painting, splatters of orange, red, and white paint offer a zany backdrop to the entranceway.

11. Outbrain HQ

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39 W 13th St, Fl 3
New York, NY 10011

A company that works with online content, Outbrain relocated late last year to a custom-designed office near Union Square. A 25,000-square-foot open loft, its headquarters has an industrial-style cafe, exposed 16-foot ceilings, and lots of natural light. One focal point is a mural by artist Sofia Maldonado, a colorful composite inspired by clouds, the ocean, and the Caribbean landscape. Check out a time-lapse video of making of this cool wall art here.

12. Edelman NY

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250 Hudson St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 768-0550
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PR megafirm Edelman occupies six and a half floors of 250 Hudson Street. They have a staff-tended community garden on the building's rooftop (complete with fig trees), as well as an additional private terrace. They have offices all over the world, and when they moved into 250 Hudson, their German office gave them a piece of the Berlin Wall; it's now on display in the lobby. Techy features include a large touchscreen wall and a ticker wall with streaming news feeds. Mediabistro did a video tour of the space in 2011 if you want to see more.

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1. Etsy Inc

55 Washington St, Fl 5, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Etsy's offices are what one would expect from a service that sells crafty everything: an eclectically designed Brooklyn loft filled with handmade designs. The large, light-filled space is located within a Dumbo warehouse, and you'll find a record-covered wall, mushroom-like lamps on tree-branch stands, pastel-colored curtains, and call rooms that look like British phone booths. See more photos on Office Snapshots.

55 Washington St, Fl 5
Brooklyn, NY 11201

2. Quirky

606 West 28th Street, New York, NY 10001

Quirky, a product development company, recently moved into a new 27,000-square-foot office on the top floor of the Terminal Stores Building. They hired architecture firm Spector Group to design the space, which has a 1,500-square-foot rooftop deck. We're just slightly jealous. Spector refurbished the wide plank floors and heavy timber used in the building and played up the industrial elements like brick walls, concrete floors, and skylights to give the space that "raw" feeling. See more photos on the Spector Group's website.

606 West 28th Street
New York, NY 10001

3. Google Chelsea Market

75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

The search engine giant's offices take up a full square block in Chelsea. Outside of four cafeterias with bonkers FREE food (tons of it organic), the office also has scooters for whom walking from meeting to meeting is too pedestrian. Even though its headquarters are in Mountain View, Calif., Google has made the most of its Big Apple location, with a conference room mimicking a tiny apartment, as well as hallways complete with subway grates and fire hydrants and the occasional old-time NY phone booths. Click through for a video door and more photos. You'll find us at the dessert trucks on the 8th floor. [Photo]

75 9th Ave
New York, NY 10011

4. Aviary HQ

243 W 30th St, New York, NY 10001

The offices of Aviary, a tech company that powers photo editing tools (including the filters on Twitter), are fittingly decked out with birds. Two large charcoal bird murals dominate the walls, and the exposed duct work is covered with fake plants and little birds. Faux feathered friends pop up just about everywhere in the three-room office: on desks, near light switches, in decorative cages. [Photos via Business Insider]

243 W 30th St
New York, NY 10001

5. Echoing Green

494 8th Ave, 2nd floor, New York, NY

Architecture firm Taylor and Miller reimagined the offices of Echoing Green, a nonprofit that works "to solve the world's biggest problems," as a flexible space that can be easily changed. The designers created a Tetris-like set of shelves and desks that are configured into different cubicles and work spaces. The units can be arranged for different levels of privacy, and they can be taken apart used in a completely new space if Echoing Green relocates. Check out more photos on the designers' website.

494 8th Ave, 2nd floor
New York, NY

6. BuzzFeed

54 W 21st St, Fl 11, New York, NY 10010

Buzzfeed of the viral listicles has a Flatiron District office that's infinitely cooler than its stories about puppies. Primary colors abound, including bright yellow walls, emblazoned with their signature exclamations (like "win!") serve as the backdrop to glassed-in conference rooms with modern white chairs for brainstorming, where you can even scribble ideas on the walls. According a a survey of Buzzfeed's corporate culture and office space in Fast Company, "The one-word review buttons familiar to any visitor to the Buzzfeed site (LOL, OMG, WIN, WTF, Etc.) appear IRL in various places throughout the office." A kitchen-slash-cafeteria provides another space for working and socializing; its mugs are emblazoned those same catchphrases (like "wtf?") and a red arrow skyrocketing upwards. Yeah, it probably represents its traffic.[Photo]

54 W 21st St, Fl 11
New York, NY 10010

7. MakerBot Industries HQ

1 Metrotech Ctr, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Earlier this year, 3D printing wizards MakerBot moved into the 21st floor of Downtown Brooklyn's MetroTech. The 30,000-square-foot space is like a gadget playground for grown-ups. The Brooklyn Paper toured the space in February, bringing reports of office furniture that looks like giant stackable toys and a "bot farm" where 3D printers constantly churn out replicas. [Photo]

1 Metrotech Ctr
Brooklyn, NY 11201

8. WeWork Labs NY

175 Varick St, New York, NY 10014

One of the major tenants within recently rezoned Hudson Square, WeWork is a shared workspace for entrepreneurs. From company founders to freelancers in fields from IT to PR, the idea is that different business owners will learn from each other (and just plain become friends) in a communal office rather than working from home or a coffee shop. It's also a money-saver, with a few hundred dollars a month getting tenants not only a desk but food, booze, and a hang-out area, a game lounge, private phone booths, indoor bike storage, and organic coffee. According to the photos on WeWork's website, this branch is decorated like a cozy, eclectic apartment, with a green kitchen area, colorful geometric carpets, and patterned wallpaper adorned with framed prints and a chalkboard.

175 Varick St
New York, NY 10014

9. General Assembly East

902 Broadway, Fl 4, New York, NY 10010

Another Flatiron office is home to General Assembly, which organizes classes and meet-ups for tech entrepreneurs, designers, and developers. Lots of chalkboards and whiteboards are meant to encourage creativity, according to The Next Web, and the company actually practices what it preaches when it comes to supporting small businesses. The office is kitted out with furniture produced by emerging young designers in an attempt to support entrepreneurs in other fields. Communal tables are made from wood reclaimed from barns or high school bleachers. Aside from long tables for laptops and conference rooms, there's also cozy, wood paneled meeting and socializing space, like a long bar with high stools.

902 Broadway, Fl 4
New York, NY 10010

10. AppNexus

28 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

A stone's throw from Madison Square Park, this company creates customizable advertising platforms for apps. In its lounge, you can find a colorful, typographically cool timeline of the company's history on the wall, with modern red and gray couches and an abstract yellow coffee table, according to a writeup in The Next Web. In what looks like an homage to a Jackson Pollack painting, splatters of orange, red, and white paint offer a zany backdrop to the entranceway.

28 W 23rd St
New York, NY 10010

11. Outbrain HQ

39 W 13th St, Fl 3, New York, NY 10011

A company that works with online content, Outbrain relocated late last year to a custom-designed office near Union Square. A 25,000-square-foot open loft, its headquarters has an industrial-style cafe, exposed 16-foot ceilings, and lots of natural light. One focal point is a mural by artist Sofia Maldonado, a colorful composite inspired by clouds, the ocean, and the Caribbean landscape. Check out a time-lapse video of making of this cool wall art here.

39 W 13th St, Fl 3
New York, NY 10011

12. Edelman NY

250 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013

PR megafirm Edelman occupies six and a half floors of 250 Hudson Street. They have a staff-tended community garden on the building's rooftop (complete with fig trees), as well as an additional private terrace. They have offices all over the world, and when they moved into 250 Hudson, their German office gave them a piece of the Berlin Wall; it's now on display in the lobby. Techy features include a large touchscreen wall and a ticker wall with streaming news feeds. Mediabistro did a video tour of the space in 2011 if you want to see more.

250 Hudson St
New York, NY 10013