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. Felicia Ann Chesea April 26, 2016 at 11:44 pm
    This is sick and greedy. It should be illegal. This is the price you pay for living in NYC. I lived in a room when I needed to years ago and paid $15 a week. She does mention she has another place so if that is the case then perhaps she just likes to be in the city; however if she is doing her writing work in that dinky room, I would not be able to stay there too long. If you just wanna get out of the rain and be sheltered that is about all this dinky room provides. You can't have friends over, you can't cook a decent meal. It's ridiculous and NYC rents is really now for the wealthy people. They have created what is called micro apartments but when you compare it to a one bedroom apartment dollars per square foot you are not really getting the deal they want you to think you are getting. It's a shame NYC has always been a diverse city with all levels of income and that began back in the 70's and 80's when you could buy a Co op apartment for $250 dollars that is correct and now those apartments are a lot more money. If you bought back then it was for people who needed affordable housing and they are allowed to pass the apartment down to relatives and so you have generations living in good sized Co op apartments. They were so inexpensive and you own them but must obey the Co op rules etc. I looked up some Co ops and they are not even worth buying. They are small studio's the least expensive about $2.9999 or up to 1/2 a million. It's not easy to live in NYC anymore and as time goes on it will be mostly the wealthy that dominate living in NYC.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Laura Slade November 16, 2013 at 7:30 pm
    700 a month!!!!!!!!