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New startup offers a little peace and quiet in the heart of NYC, for 25 dollars an hour

Thursday, March 06, 2014 - 01:28

Mar. 6 - Dubbed the Zipcar of personal spaces, Breather is offering commercially decorated rooms for rent on an hourly basis via its mobile app. Jeanne Yurman reports.

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Ever need to take a break in a busy city like New York, yet stopping at home isn't an option? There's an app for that. It's called Breather and has been dubbed the Zipcar of personal spaces. With this app, users simply search for an available spot to work, meet or relax for $25 U.S. an hour, explains Breather's New York City Manager Packy Mccormick. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PACKY MCCORMICK, NYC CITY MANAGER OF BREATHER, SAYING: "We love people having meetings. We love people coming to take a nap. We love people coming to do their homework. All that you can do. Use your imagination for what you can do within the limits of the law and within moral limits." Breather rooms are professionally decorated commercial spaces with free wifi, a couch and a table. Guests unlock rooms with a unique passcode which is sent to them once their booking is confirmed. Erica Genereux Smith sighs a breath of relief having Breather as an option for a short term place to hang out. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ERICA GENEREUX SMITH, NEW YORKER AND BREATHER USER, SAYING: "I have different things to do in different parts of town, different appointments and I can't always go home in between. And I don't necessarily want to go to a coffee shop, or just hang out. So, I would definitely use it sort of if I had an awkward amount of time." Demand for these temp spaces has been growing. So far Breather is offered in Montreal and New York but is expanding to San Francisco with the aim of being offered nationwide.

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New startup offers a little peace and quiet in the heart of NYC, for 25 dollars an hour

Thursday, March 06, 2014 - 01:28