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$800 a Month for a 78-Square-Foot Apartment? Only in Manhattan
August 5, 2011
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Tight living quarters are nothing new for New Yorkers, but architect Luke Clark Tyler is taking it to extremes. The 27-year-old lives in a "shoebox" apartment in Hell's Kitchen with a total square footage of 78 feet. And if you think that's enough space for a home, you should know: it's also his office.

Check out video of Luke's place here:

Given that the entire apartment is about the size of a walk-in closet, there's no room for a bed, so Luke built a folding bed/couch out of plywood and 2x4s. He shares a bathroom with 3 other tenants, and if he could add one thing to his place, his first choice would be a sink.

Although the space is very tight, Luke says he's happy to be living in the heart of Hell's Kitchen instead of commuting by train to reach an office in a skyscraper. The other apartments he looked at in the neighbourhood were a lot more spacious, but also twice the price, at $1600. And who couldn't use an extra $800 in New York?

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