This is just a genius idea in every way. As a freelancer, I’ve done the cafe thing where you fight for a table and an outlet and drink way too much coffee just for the chance to sit and work somewhere other than your apartment. I’ve also done the co-working space thing and, while it beats the extremely competitive sport of table jockeying at a coffee shop, it’s often just as cutthroat and boisterous as Starbucks. Enter Breather, a Montreal-based company who are renting work/relaxation spaces in Manhattan at 25 bucks an hour. Of course, I wish it were cheaper, but this is New York and I’m sure rent don’t come cheap for such great spaces. You get a free hour for signing up and this morning I put my free hour to good use, getting some work done in what I have to say is the most enjoyable space I’ve worked in outside of my home in the time I’ve been working on my own. Check out the pictures of the Flatiron location above. Comfy furnishings, tootsie rolls (!), cool magazines, great views, lots of light, wifi, chargers; the space has everything you need to work or relax. Peace and quiet on demand, as their slogan goes. Amenities are one thing, but the space itself really does feel relaxing and conducive to getting shit done. I wish it were my apartment. I’ll definitely be back for sure. They also have spots in Soho and near Penn Station for now, and hopefully they’ll expand all over the city. Of course, once this catches on, it’ll be just as competitive as getting a table at your local coffee shop, but for now it’s brilliant, whether for an hour of working alone or, say, a meeting with your team. Check them out at Breather.com.