By choosing a studio that measures just 12 feet by 7 feet, Felice Cohen can afford to live in Manhattan’s Upper West Side where apartments rent for an average of $3,600 per month. She pays just over $700 for her 90-square-foot microstudio.
Granted, she had a bit of a panic attack the first night when she woke up in the loft bed with the ceiling 23 inches from her face. But she’s grown accustomed to the small space and now when she goes back to her childhood home she misses its coziness.
“I think a lot of people have a lot of space that they’re not using. I grew up in a place where my bedroom was 17 feet by 17 feet with two walk-in closets that combined where almost the size of this apartment that when I go home now I go in the closet just to feel like I’m back in New York.”