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Take A ‘Breather': App Lets You Book A Space In NYC For $25 An Hour

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – In the hustle and bustle of New York it can be hard to find some peace and quiet.

But now, thanks to a new company called Breather, there’s an app for that.

“You go to a coffee shop, there’s no seat, there’s no outlet, you try to take an important call and there’s noise in the background. So what we want to do with Breather is give you a private space that you can kind of call your own for an hour or two, to work, meet or just relax,” Breather’s City Manager Packy McCormick said.

To do that the company leases a variety of office spaces in different locations, then rents them for $25 an hour, which can be booked through the company’s website, or app, CBS 2’s Diane Macedo reported.

“You can see some pictures of the spaces and it gives you a few details, then you can drag down to the exact times you want, you hit reserve and that’s it,” McCormick said.

Breather then sends you a code to unlock the room, where you’ll find a work space, a lounge space, Wi-Fi, outlets, and even some sweets.

McCormick said Breather customers are big fans of Tootsie Rolls.

“Two days ago I filled it up at night, the next night it was empty,” McCormick said, referring to a jar of Tootsie Rolls in one of the rooms.

Customer Annabella Daily said she loves the service.

“We had multiple meetings in Midtown back to back and just in the last hour we had a call, so we were able to come here and do it,” Daily said. “I’m a new mom and especially when you have multiple meetings during the day you have no place to go and pump, so this is a way I can actually go somewhere and have a private space so I can still keep doing that.”

You can even use the space to just freshen up, whether you’re getting ready for a big meeting or a big date, but the company does forbid “illegal or immoral” activities, and while the rooms are cleaned, users have to leave them in good condition.

“If someone does use a space in a way that’s against our terms of service they’re banned for life,” McCormick said.

Breather currently has spaces in New York and Montreal, but aims to launch in several other cities in the coming months.

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