VIDEO: How a man lives and works in a 78-square-foot Hell’s Kitchen ‘studio’

Posted On Thu, February 9, 2017 By

Posted On Thu, February 9, 2017 By In Hell's Kitchen, Interiors, Video

The going rate for a Hell’s Kitchen studio is upwards of $2,000/month, but when now 32-year-old Luke Clark Tyler moved into his pad in 2011, he signed a lease for only $750. This might sound like a bargain, but the freelance designer/architect is living (and working!) in an astonishingly small 78 square feet, which by Sharably’s account is the smallest apartment in America. And when you break that down by price per square foot, he’s actually paying almost twice as much as the neighborhood average. But nevertheless, Tyler is happy to have the extra cash to enjoy the many dance performances in his ‘hood and says that after living tiny for more than five years, “we adapt very easily as people.”

Believe it or not, Tyler’s previous apartment was 96 square feet. So, when he saw this pad listed on Craigslist (“I don’t know if it qualifies as a studio,” he admits) he wasn’t deterred. He spent a very reasonable $170 building his own bed that flips down into a couch and also outfitted the closet with custom built-in storage that holds basically all his belongings, including a microwave, printer, dishes, books, toiletries, cleaning supplies, and clothes. He also has a mini fridge and a desk, and though he doesn’t mind not having a kitchen or having to share a hallway bathroom with three other people, he does wish he had a sink.

[Via Sharably]

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  • graylens

    A return to the pre tenant law slum buildings with shared toilets, kitchens etc. I’m surprised NYC building Dept allowed this..Is there a fire escape behind the AC in the window? The City should rebuild public baths so these landlords can squeeze even more from desperate people, think of it they could use the bathrooms for anothe apartment and the tenants may only have to walk a few blocks to shower

  • dogmomnyc

    This isn’t a “studio,” this is an SRO. Single Room occupancy.

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