Woman’s Impossibly Tiny 90 Sq. Ft. Manhattan Apartment is One of the Smallest in NYC

by , 09/25/12
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We knew the small apartment trend was taking off when we recently spotted this 391 sq. ft. model home pop up at a Brooklyn Ikea, but that looks almost mansion-like compared to Felice Cohen’s 90 sq. ft. UWS studio. In this video by Faircompanies.com, Ms. Cohen explains that she wanted to live in Manhattan but she didn’t want it to consume her whole bank account. “I’m sure there’s some compromises, but it’s worth it,” she says.

When Cohen first moved in, the woman who was living there before her had filled the tiny space with furniture, and she knew that was definitely not the best configuration. Luckily, Cohen was able to leverage her skills as a professional organizer and build up. She lined one wall of her studio with shelving, which also cleverly incorporates a desk. The opposite wall is exposed brick and provides a nice backdrop for a cozy reading nook.

So where does Ms. Cohen sleep? As you might have guessed, she climbs a ladder up to a comfy loft bed. Although she said that she had a panic attack the first night she slept there, she now loves it and finds it to be a peaceful space where she can relax.

There wasn’t a kitchen in the apartment, so Cohen created her own – a mini fridge, a toaster oven that doubles as banana storage and a hotpot. “In New York City, most people store their laundry in their stoves anyways,” she rationalizes. We think she has a point and since she only pays $700 a month, she probably has a fair amount of her budget left over to allot towards eating out.

+ Felice Cohen

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  1. Don Mass September 27, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    This is not an apartment this is a room. You can not legally rent a 90 sq ft apartment in NYC nor can you call a room narrower then 8 feet a bedroom, non-the-less an apartment. There are legalities here that are being left out.

  2. marka March 12, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    I think is sick that apartment owners do this to squeeze more income from tenants. If it was a family living in a place like this in india because of pure necessity we will call it insane poverty. She might be able to apparently \”survive\” but do know that living in a spaces like this, plus working on unhealthy environments and cubicles.. plus eating animals that are constrain to tide spaces is just sick. We just simple don\’t ask our selves how this affects us as people and in the community. Stinginess should not be celebrated.

  3. Laura Slade November 16, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    700 a month!!!!!!!!