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78 Sq. Ft. - the Smallest apt in America video

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THE SMALLEST APARTMENT IN AMERICA - Luke Clark Tyler shows how he designed the interior of his 78 sq. ft. New York apartment. Luke provides decorating ideas for small spaces, including furniture,...

this is not an apartment, it is a rooming unit. An apartment in nyc has to be at least 400SF to be legal. Even a bedroom has to be 80SF.  This is probably a 4th bedroom in an apartment.
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It's just too small not worth it for living in LES.
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Very cool.  That is cheap rent for the area.  And seriously, everyone who thinks that is too much is looking at it the wrong way.  Sure it is a lot more per square foot, but going smaller has improved this kids bottom line. Income -1200 for a bigger apartment vs Income -800 (roughly based on comments). That means by conserving space this guys saves himself $400 every single month!.  Is it worth it?  Obviously it is to him.  No one forced him to rent it!  If you make that apartment illegal (which it probably is anyway) you make this guy pay $400 more for a different place with more space that he obviously didn't think he really needed.  Think about it.  
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NO WAY ! I DRAW THE LINE HERE AT MINIMALISM !
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If his rent is more than $200, he oughta sue
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He has previously said he pays 800 for rent. Crazy isn't it?
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Damn after seeing this i'm grateful for my 1,100 sq ft house. Hats off to you my man.
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Geez, If I placed my 100 inch TV in that wall I'd get sick as fuck every time i tried to play something, but then again, neither my consoles or my PC would fit there :(
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I have seen "apartments" smaller than this in China town, NY where a family lived together.
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More like a cell than an apartment!  I'm all about tiny space living, but that's way too small and I'm sure he's paying through the teeth for it being in the city!
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There is no mention in this video of how much his rent is, so I don't see why everyone is speculating on what an outrage it is for him to be paying rent here. He's been there for 5 years! So obviously he is okay with whatever the cost is. I have a 1,600 sf house for a family of 6 and I love these videos of how people live in small spaces because it allows us to appreciate the space we have & brainstorm ideas of how to use it more efficiently. Keep up the good work!
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That's the main reason I may be moving. I'm done with this overpriced state.
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Move to Colorado! :-) I've had a mortgage on a 1,700 sf house on 2/3s an acre for the past 10 yrs for less than that! Ouch.
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This is not an apartment because it does not have a bathroom or a kitchen. He is renting a room in a building regardless of the rent he is renting a room. 
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I think I looked at this space for rent 15 years ago- it was $900 bucks then! Sorry but for me NY is not that cool.
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I would feel so claustrophobic in there! How does he not feel like the walls are closing in on him? Very organized person though.
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Nothing wrong with this!
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That is a closet I swear
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Um... wait. I didn't have issue when he said he used his bathroom sink for cleaning his dishes cus he seemed like the type to keep things SUPER clean. BUT THEN a few seconds later he says he shares that bathroom with another apartment and you don't know how many people that bathroom sees and how clean they are. Who is in charge of the cleaning NOR how well they do it. That is just DISGUSTING now. It probably is super annoying but I bet he cleans that bathroom every time he needs to clean his dishes first. > A < BLEACH EVERYTHING!
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This is really small but i'm living in a 700 Sq. Ft. space with my family of 6. this video shows me that nothing is impossible, :)
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wow, looks more like the size of a prison cell.  But he made the best of it and that's great.  Hey, if he's happy, that's all that counts!  Some people love small spaces, makes them feel secure.  We don't have to live there, he does, so I'm happy he's happy.
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posted by Lidia: Hopefully he has lots of friends and does lots of fun things out in the city, then comes home at night just to sleep. Maybe its time for people to start moving from NY to Arizona.
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id get a futon and put a tv on the wall. youd have 2 extra feet from the foot of the couch to the wall.
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THAT is bullshit. It should be illegal to sell something like that or rent it out. I think I would actually prefer being homeless and living in Central Park, then to have to be in that claustrophobic chicken coop for people.
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One man's crap hole is another man's dream home lol
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Seriously, this is a room he's renting. He has no kitchen and shares the bathroom on the same floor. He seems very organized. Whatever works.
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He's living in a college dorm! Totally reminds me of the 80 sq ft room we had in the dorm, at least they were private rooms like his "apartment" is.
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crazy small. Landlords should be ashamed. Wonderful job decorating it, but shouldn't be legal
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What is wrong with these people saying it should be illegal? If you don't want to live like this, don't. Simple as that. He obviously likes it. No one forced him to do this. He seems to live a quality life. 
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Legally all new apartments in NYC must be at least 400 sq ft.  So this place must be rented as a room and not an apartment.  Or it could be grandfathered in since the building is probably 100 years old.
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im guessing $600 a month...
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nice Alvin Ailey calendar
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I want to know what's behind the white door that's in front of his bed/couch
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Why the fuck would you pay that much for that little. That's just stupid. Just move somewhere else dude.
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That's NOT a studio, it's a bedroom. Hope all utilities are included in the rent.
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And all that money he would save on rent is blown on going out to eat... because there is no friggin' kithcen!! Not worth it imo.
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You don't need a kitchen to prepare meals. As a student I lived in a tiny room with nothing more than a microwave, a blender and a small fridge. I still managed to eat quite healthily. 
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That guy is a total loser.
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The bathroom is so chic! The closet door does a lot, the house is light enogh, too. Houses this size make the house prices affordable, too.
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This is more like a really pimped up tiny dorm room than tiny house
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I've never seen a dorm room as small as that.
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How much does a closet like that run a month in Hells Kitchen? I'm really curious!
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+zenobia10127 What?!?! I have lived in a 3 room home for $700. New York is ridiculous, I hope it pays off for him with great career success. Why else would anyone subject themselves to that if not to achieve their dreams & career ambitions?
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No one is forcing him to live in a tiny space.
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It's a corridor/hallway.....he is living in a corridor n he calls it an apartment. It's a corridor. Smh
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Cool he did a great job
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If i were him I won't put a wall bed in that small apt. and instead fit myself to sleep in the couch and maybe replace the wall bed with a space-saving like cabinet.
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+TheSokwokwai I don't know what that door opposite his bed leads to (if anything, could be bolted shut) but it's not the bathroom. The bathroom is located in a hallway outside the front door. 
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+chica044 you are right.  it's "fake door" as shown at 0.27
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What a lovely home. It's efficient for what it is.
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This is not a apartment... It's my closet
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WOW...I'm not sure what my feelings are about this amazing concept?  But you seem to be very content with your home.  Kudos to you!  (One thing's for sure...ya never have to worry about guest wearing-out their welcome. LOL!)  Peace friend.     
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O_O my bedroom alone is 30 square feet bigger than this apartment!
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This is a shame that it is even legal to rent something like this. This is a prison cell that he is paying $900 for.  Granted he can leave whenever he wants but who cares it's still a claustrophobic joke.  He is one of those desperate people that think manhattan is the only inhabitable borough in NYC. Not only is he making some greedy building owner more wealthy renting a room and calling it a apartment, he is losing money always having to pay for someone to prepare his meals. He is also contributing to these astronomical rent rates in NYC. If you can rent a "prison cell" for 900 a month why stop there, he is telling these building owners its ok to price hard working ppl out of the city, because they can chop up normal size apartments into 4 "apartments" and get double the money. Nothing innovative about this, it's a bigger picture to all of this.
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I like small spaces, better than big. As long as I have a bathroom, desk, bed,  kitchen of some sort and a wardrobe. I also gave up my old room which was the biggest in the house for my dads room, the smallest.
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Good on him for being innovative but personally I would go crazy in a small space like that.
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American dream I guess
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Keep your beliefs out of my diet
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Never, ever am I complaining about my tiny ass living space again. I swear all I need to do is clean. He must go out A LOT to escape that kind of cabin fever
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Some good ideas and a gorgeous bathroom but...this is claustrophobic, and you don't have a kitchen How much you spend in restaurants ?
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I admire how he isn't complaining about it. And how he seems to be thankful for having a roof, instead of living outside. I love how he decorates his place and make it comfy. He must be more happy and enjoying life and exploring then the rest of you who is complaining about his place. I really admire him. :)
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How many meter square is it?
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+sallypoppins Oh yes, my bad. Thanks for correcting.
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luke could you pls share the plans for your bed. thanks
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he's living like an animal...what is wrong with these crazy New Yorkers?!
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Most people who live like this because they don't spend a lot of time at home
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For $1.3M is yours.
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To be honest... I don't think i use anything except for the computer,bed,bathroom and a kitchen.
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He's right we would adapt and be happy for a place to even live, but I might cry first 
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Wow It's challenging living on your own in nyc as a student or while trying to make it as an artist. But due able, it's easier if you have a significant other to split the cost
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Kitchen.. where is the kitchen?
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when the new york times ran this story, they said he was paying 900$ a month in rent lol
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This is absolutely unholy! I wonder how much he's paying for that trap. sigh
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as long as you're happy. it's that simple
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Wow, so, this is basically just like a room! I could see that! Personally, it'd be too much to handle for me! If the bathroom was inside of the apartment, I might be able to adjust, but I think what he did with the place is awesome!
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I would only live that way if there was absolutely zero alternative…it's a unique idea…that's about as far as it goes….
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No way I could live like that. Jail cells have more space. I would develop claustrophobia....
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And how much does he pay for this? Probably $1k/mo? Crazy. 
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Love it, don't need a large space cuz its takes a lot of time to clean, vaccum, dust and etc.
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Dude talk about a tight space WOW!!! I wouldn't be able to live like that!
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OMG Hats off living here from 5 years
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woah that apartment is so depressive :/ I have more space than him and I live in a dorm.
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The least correctionals can do is make prison cells more adaptable to living conditions like this without the electronics and extra frills.
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In Dallas: not as nearly as over-populated, more work, and the same price will get you a 950sqft two-bedroom apartment.
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My bathroom is bigger than that. Why would anyone do this to themselves?
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+Kris Vladimirov Clearly you can't detect sarcasm. Since you're apparently doing so well, why don't you buy a brain.
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+James Kelly Come now, you know you have to be REALLY specific when you use sarcasm in text.  Even I thought you meant your comment, so don't point any fingers.
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Have you never seen a dorm before? They're equally as small and twice as shitty. Count yourself lucky. 
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My first dorm room was roughly twice that size.  There was a shared bathroom, but it had many showers, toilets and sinks in it, so you never had to wait to use the facilities.  I'm glad this guy is content where he is, but I have no desire to live in a room the size of a prison cell for a hefty price tag.  (Sorry NYC)
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I have absolutely no desire to visit NY city, let alone move there! If this is all one can get for $750.00 a month, fuggetaboutit!
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In the netherlands all students who go to college far from home live like this. They are spread all over the specific college city. Normal houses are spread up into rooms like this, with a shared bathroom, kitchen, toilet etc. 4/5/6 students in one house.
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Well, if he ever get incarcerated a jail cell won't be so to much of a jump.  Seriously, you seem like a really great guy and I appreciate what you have done with so little space. :)
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looks like a fancy jail
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What kind of bed/sofa is this???
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Cozy and functional!
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I hope his rent is $55 a month.
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It's more of a dorm room or prison cell really.
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The feng shui isn't that good. bed facing door is a big nono! but i love his closet!
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Lol so funny you pointed that out. He's making his death bed. 
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as a native new Yorker this would not be allowed back in the 80's but these hipsta deuche bags allowed this to happen. you have to be a complete moron asshole to pay that amount of money for a hole in the wall.  good luck.  I hope  the roaches and rats do not decide to live with you.
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This guy pays $800 a month, I would pay no more than $50 a month for that coffin apartment.
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does he mention that?
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I watch these sorts of things and they seem interesting, but then I wonder why someone would choose to live like this. It never seems to be addressed.
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My guess is that he doesn't have a steady cash flow so he needs a place he can afford between projects and he wants to live one subway ride from everything. Or he's usually in someone else's bed and just needs a place for his stuff. :)
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What about the kitchen? D:
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