A friend recently needed a place to work in Manhattan for a short time. I referred her to Breather and this is her review of the service. You can get a free hour at Breather by using my referral code (and I will get a free hour after you complete your first visit). Breather currently has work spaces in New York, San Francisco, Montral, Ottawa, Montreal and Boston. – Mike
Time to take a breather!
New Yorker’s run busy lives and as a full-time freelancer it can get awfully difficult to maintain a professional schedule of lunch meetings, conference calls and general email follow-up. It seems like working on the go has become the norm.
This Friday was one of those days. I had a morning meeting in the Flatiron, a lunch meeting in Soho and then I needed to complete and email a report by 5pm. I thought I was going to have to take the L train back to my apartment in Brooklyn to finish the report, but Mike suggested I try Breather, a private workspace that is rented in thirty minute increments.
After my lunch I downloaded the app and logged on. Conveniently there were two locations in Soho on Broadway. One was booked, but the other (580 Broadway) was available. After reserving an hour slot at 4:30pm, I walked over and browsed in Zara for a few minutes. It’s next door!
The doorman said I could head up to the fifth floor after I showed him my phone reservation and before I knew it I was punching in the PIN number in the keypad lock on the door.
When I opened the door I was pleasantly surprised by a beautifully modern and spacious room. A small conference table surrounded by Modernica chairs took up one half and the other had a comfy couch and chair, a charging station on a wicker end table, and a coffee table with a glass beaker filled with Tootsie Rolls.
I sat down and whipped out my report, then connected to WiFi, but didn’t know the secure password. I looked around the room and found an info poster with the password, along with other helpful info.
Thinking that I may need more time I tried to book another hour but was unable to. I called the 1-800 number on the info poster and was connected to a human! Wow! He said the space had been booked but that I could stay in the room until the cleaning custodian came sometime in the half hour in between reservations. Again, wow. They have the space cleaned after each reservation.
I would have liked to stay longer, but was able to get my work done and submitted on time. So, with a few minutes to spare, I enjoyed a few Tootsie Rolls and took a breather.
If you’d like to try breather, use this Breather promo code to get 1 hour free in any Breather location (and Mike will get a free hour after your first use).