New York is facing an infestation. And we’re not talking about bed bugs nor are we referring to flying cockroaches– although apparently both of these nasties are really lovin’ this gnarly blast of heat and humidity so impenetrable you start thinking the guys from The Thing didn’t have it so bad because – hey, at least they were in Antarctica. Could it be the ever-rising mounds of boiling trash? That’s a thing too, sure. But what we’re talking about are co-working spaces.
You know the type: giant fishbowls decked out in a sort of amped-up startup motif populated with walking, talking pairs of Warby Parkers and fresh-outta-undergrad kids armed with underdeveloped prefrontal cortexes, PR dreams, blowout bar memberships, and a whole lotta positive-reinforcement backlogged from their upbringing. Once the edgy center of downtown grit and fetid slums no more, the Bowery can now thank Breather, the ever-expanding fancy-co-working space giant that’s squeezed out another minion for all you office-less plebes out there who would like to at least claim the appearance of having regular paychecks, health insurance, and a modicum of respect from your employers, for another outlet hath finally arrived.
We got a look at Breather’s new space at 135 Bowery last month, and the company’s just announced that their rooms are available to rent out– you know, for all your very important freelance projects that can somehow afford you a downtown Manhattan space for $45 to $80 an hour, but not a halfway-decent apartment anywhere closer than Jersey City. With their sleek interiors and private rooms (as opposed to common spaces packed with perks like most other co-working outlets), they’re ideal for people who are trying to conceal the fact that they’re sharing space with anyone else or, worse, renting a room out by the hour (the horror!).
Apparently the model’s working– Breather seems to have designs on filling the whole city with their spaces populated by Macbook-toting, beanie-wearing, iced-coffee-drinking freelancers and “creative types.” The Bowery location is the company’s 100th NYC space, and their #200 worldwide.
According to Bowery Boogie, Breather’s new location at 135 Bowery, was once home to an historic “Federal-style row house dating to 1818.” It was bought up and bulldozed in 2011 after Margaret Chin sided with a developer who’d bought the building– er, First International Bank– allowing the landmark status to be overturned, despite public outcry. In the end, a seven-story office building went up, the bank skedaddled, fast forward to now and we have a co-working space with some startup tenants. Such is the way of life today in New York City!
So stop on by Breather at 135 Bowery (opening imminently) and get a good, long look at your future overlords. I mean, they’re probably already plotting how they can go about convincing you to rent your own bedroom out for $50 an hour so you can really just focus on sleeping.
Correction: a previous version of this article made note of an opening party happening at the new Breather space, this is a private party and not open to the public.