If aspiring chef Grayson Altenberg wanted to make a name for himself in the Big Apple, he’s certainly achieved his goal quite quickly, albeit probably not for the reason he was hoping for. The Wisconsin native came to New York to work in some of the country’s finest restaurants but it’s his shocking living conditions that have garnered him so much attention. According to the Village Voice and Business Insider, Altenberg is trying to live out his NYC dream while sleeping in a window-less, kitchen-less 100-square-foot mini apartment, which he rents for $1,100 a month. Check out the VV’s understandably brief video of the space after the jump.


A Brief Tour of a 100-Square-Foot New York City Apartment from Voice Media Group on Vimeo.

Altenberg says that he came to the Big Apple to make it big. Upon arrival, he worked as an unpaid intern at various NYC restaurants until landing at the Michelin-starred Lincoln Ristorante where he works under Chef Jonathan Benno’s guidance.

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Soon after renting his impossibly tiny apartment, the Village Voice posted a story about him living in the dwelling, which is described as “so small you can’t gain weight once you move in.” The micro accommodations, mixed with his go-getter attitude brought the young chef some further attention via the New York Post and the Today Show.

Altenberg explains that he’s not about to let his living situation deter him from his goal. “Even though it was not a great opportunity, I still used it to give myself some press so the world can see that I am here to make it at all costs. I’m not going to back down. I’m not going to let anybody tell me I’m not going to make it,”

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Since the ultra-compact space only allows for the bare basics, Altenberg has found many inventive ways of working around his lack of room. He showers at the local gym, Equinox, every morning where he also makes use of the internet and cafe.

As far as preparing his own meals, Altenberg uses a hot plate to grill ham and cheese sandwiches, and prepares pasta and risotto as well as other dishes that don’t require high heat.

Well, we suppose if he can cook in there, he can cook anywhere?

Correction: A previous version of this post said that the apartment had no shower but there is indeed a small shower in the home.

Via the Village Voice and Business Insider

Images via Streeteasy and the Village Voice