New York Tiny Apartments


So on the coat tail of the Cozy couple, lots of folks have lined up to talk about their tiny house extremes.  One such apartment is 12 fee long by 7 feet wide, all for the reasonable price of $800 a month!!!  Granted it is in Hells Kitchen area of NYC and most New Yorkers wouldn’t bat an eye at this, but wow…just wow!

They do their dishes in the shower, sit sideways on the toilet and need to watch their weight just to fit into their bathrooms.

But these cramped New Yorkers wouldn’t have it any other way.

A week after The Post told the story of Zaarath and Christopher Prokop and their 175-square-foot micro-studio on Sunday, other New Yorkers lined up to share their tales of living small, including a 55-square-foot apartment in Hell’s Kitchen and a 90-square-foot home on the Upper West Side.

“To me, it’s all about location,” said Eddie Rabon, 24, who lives in a microscopic Hell’s Kitchen abode. “I’m in an amazing neighborhood, and the money I save on rent alone lets me really enjoy New York for what it is. My apartment is a place to hang my hat and catch a few hours of sleep. That’s it.”

55 sq. ft., Hell’s Kitchen

When freelance event planner Eddie Rabon talks about his itty-bitty pad — just one square foot larger than a Rikers Island jail cell — the excitement is clear in his voice.

“It’s fantastic,” he said. “It’s a great neighborhood in the greatest city. It’s about $800 a month. You won’t find that price anywhere else in this area. I feel like the money I save not having to get on the train to get around because I’m in the center of everything is worth it.”

Rabon said the longest wall in his apartment is 121/2 feet, and that includes the apartment door. At its narrowest spot, he can spread his arms and almost touch both opposing walls. He said he has trouble turning around in his little shower, and said taller friends have been unable to close the bathroom door if they need to sit.

“The bathroom has an airplane sink turned lengthwise,” he said. “So I can’t actually fit in over the sink

90 sq. ft., UWSStudio Living in NYC

The first night Felice Cohen, 39, slept in her tiny apartment — with a full-size loft bed only 23 inches from the ceiling — she had a “panic attack.”

“But now I love it. It’s cozy,” she said of the 12-by-7-foot place, which rents for just over $700 a month.

Her tiny bathroom is a challenge, though: “I had to learn to sit sideways on the toilet so I don’t bang my leg on the tub.”

105 sq. ft., Greenwich Village Studio Living in NYC

Genevieve Shuler, 31, always knew she wanted to live near Washington Square Park, the neighborhood her parents once called home. “When I first walked in, I thought, ‘This is really incredibly tiny,'” she said of the $780-a-month pad. “There were no closets, no real kitchen. But I knew I could do more with it . Once I knew my loft bed could fit, I took it.” When it comes time to do the dishes, because the kitchen sink is so small, “I do them in the shower.”


Studio Living in NYC
  1. Wow, this is awesome. I have a 12 x 20 rough sawn building with 10ft high walls. It includes 2 lofts. I would love for someone to share ideas on turning it into a tiny abode.


    • This should help!

  2. Outside the box design idea: For Felice Cohen and the couple who lives in the Hells Kitchen apartment they could most likely solve their knees hitting the toilet problem by…..raising the tank 5′ above the base, inserting a 5′ pipe to connect the two, then one would be able to push the toilet back toward the wall another foot.

  3. I feel bad for the kitty, as that will be the sum total of its existance.

  4. I am always fascinated with how people can live in a small space…

  5. I live in a gorgeous 1,000 square foot apartment in Detroit for $575/month. It has a huge backyard and two bedrooms. I can afford to live and couldn’t be happier here. I can’t imagine paying that kind of money to live in such a cramped space. No, thank you.

    • Detroit, cheap or not is one of the most dangerous places to live in this world. So ditto…no thanks

  6. Your outer space isn’t as important as your inner space. We’re preconditioned from birth to “keep up with the Joneses”. Wasteful space has to be heated, cooled, tended, cleaned, and in most cases ignored and forgotten. It’s all perception. If more space makes you happy, go for it. Just think it over.

  7. People in NYC are stupid. Only an idiot would pay $800 a month for that. Your landlord laughs everytime u pay rent

    • @ Megan you may think its “crazy” but those are what our apts go for, unfortunately here in NYC rents are sky high, it’s not even an option. @old skeeter, no need to call anyone an idiot. In fact, only an “idiot” would think there big $800. Apts in NYC. While my place is not that tiny, my rent is a little over $2,100. For a studio in Manhattan if I had an option I obviously wouldn’t pay that much…. But where else would I be central to everything in the Best City ever?…. And please don’t reply with something as obvious as why rent when you can own because homes here are expensive as well, “(so would our mortgages be).

  8. Only a non New Yorker would think it’s crazy.

    I doubt there is anyone who is NOT from Detroit who would want to live there.

  9. Tiny house blogs and videos have inexpensive ideas for small spaces and lifestyles.

  10. I love this apartment. I would actually love to live in one so small (a lot less cleaning up, or things to keep around). This is a great option if you are single and want to live in the “capital of the world”. Now I’m married with kids… wait, I bet my 8 yr old would love to use this as a play house.

    I realize this is an older article, but I enjoyed reading it and looking the photos. Glimpse to how it is in the big apple! Thanks

  11. I love living in tiny houses, for several reasons, already named here and at other websites. But very important for me is: is there any daylight from a window, and can you open that? I live in Tuscany, house of 32 square meters, but with beautifull big land and garden outside. On a FOOTPATH in the mountains.

  12. Right away there has Got to be some judgemental opinionated schmuck that has to insult people for their preferences. Who cares if you wouldn’t live in something so small or pay that amount of money. Then what are you even doing on this site? I came on because I like to see how differently people live, I have had many friends who lived in a room and had to share a bathroom with IDK how many others Just to live in Manhattan to go on auditions. I can sleep in a closet ( I have by choice when I was a teen) I want to sell my home (4brms 3bths, 2300SFT because it is a waste now that it’s just the two of us. So to each his own and stop criticising others!

  13. I started looking at this page to get ideas for my apartment. I have never lived in a really small space. Went from a nice sized 3 BR house with basement & garage, to a 567 sq. ft apartment. My niece lived in NY & she loved it! So I thought I would look online to get ideas for a small apartment. You guys amaze me with how you are able to make space! I am going to continue to look for ideas. I know my place is not as small, but for me it is REALLY cramped. I am getting rid of more things every day. Awesome apartments and thank you for sharing it with us.

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  16. Where can I get a place like this?

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