Manhattan shoebox apartment: 78-square-feet

A couple years ago, Manhattan architect Luke Clark Tyler, lived in a 96
square foot apartment. Instead of upsizing with his latest move, he
chose to squeeze himself and his belongings into even less space.

Luke
now lives in a 78 square foot shoebox studio. It’s too narrow to fit a
bed lengthwise, but using a bit of plywood and 2x4s he built his own
custom bed/couch.

He keeps his clothes, plates, microwave,
books, spices and shaving and cleaning supplies in a large built-in
cabinet. The rest of his kitchen is a tiny refrigerator that helps hold
up his desk (he works from home as a contract architect).

While he
admits he misses being able to cook a real meal- though he’s vegetarian
so eats a lot of vegetables and nuts and can even microwave eggs- Luke
doesn’t see living small as a sacrifice.

He loves living in the
heart of New York City- his place is in Midtown Manhattan’s Hell’s
Kitchen- and he likes paying just $750/month (cheaper than the shared
housing he could find in the area).

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