Manhattan shoebox apartment: a 78-square-foot mini studio




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 for 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).

Luke’s website: www.lukeclarktyler.com
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31 Comments

  1. Mike
    November 24, 2017
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    Fucking retarded.

  2. Jack Forbes
    November 25, 2017
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    I live in new york. He's definitely not from New York and kind of an idiot. Anyone who pays more than $400 for that closet is an idiot. If you work from home, just move to Brooklyn/Queens and get some roommates.

  3. DSR LEADER
    November 25, 2017
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    $800 fuck that

  4. Zooks
    November 25, 2017
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    i feel claustrophobic just watching this video

  5. betty
    November 25, 2017
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    Shoes needa put next to micro wave n under the mugs, I can't accept

  6. mowgli2071
    November 26, 2017
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    Dude that's an SRO. Single Room Occupancy. Not an apartment.

  7. Mad Max
    November 26, 2017
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    Hey what is the mechanism of the bed can you tell me because I like it

  8. BrianaLoveW
    November 27, 2017
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    I got a baby, that shit is dead.

  9. BrianaLoveW
    November 27, 2017
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    that shit is depressing. I'd understand if we were a third world country, but no. Oddly, before I had my baby I probably would've been like, aww, cool! innovative….now, NOOOO

  10. John Dejesus
    November 27, 2017
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    This is how liberals want people to live ? No space for lots of money ! Agenda 21 people !

  11. Truth B Told
    November 28, 2017
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    The sad part is he could have a decent apartment at least 500 square feet in another city…but maybe living there is worth it for him.

  12. Fabian Carreon
    November 28, 2017
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    His laugh is annoying

  13. xrcrx ftfghjg
    November 28, 2017
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    no thank u

  14. Chris Butler
    November 29, 2017
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    My closet is bigger than your apartment.

  15. Gigi Migi
    November 29, 2017
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    I dont no all this assholes talk shit you are smart not like fat americans big everything

  16. PageMonster
    November 29, 2017
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    That's a cupboard, son. Your landlord shafted you.

  17. victoria brown
    November 29, 2017
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    I am so sorry even for new York to share a bathroom is so wrong.

  18. Franklyn R. Ben-Khaled
    November 29, 2017
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    Hei bro,, love yr tiny place

  19. Eugenia montegudo
    November 30, 2017
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    Very awesome!

  20. francisco rodriguez
    November 30, 2017
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    FAKE VIDEO
    JUST ENTERTAINMENT
    BUT IF IS REAL
    BETTER THAN A SHELTER OR STREET..

  21. theo Derlep
    November 30, 2017
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    This stresses me out

  22. Our Family Adventures
    November 30, 2017
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    Reminds of Judy Hops place from Zootopia

  23. Robert Robrahn
    November 30, 2017
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    Fucking depressing. To each their own.

  24. Lucas Fernandez
    December 1, 2017
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    So if he can work from home what made him decide that New York City was he best place to live? Why not somewhere where rent is cheap and apartments/ houses are large

  25. Diane Barry
    December 1, 2017
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    I believe the "mystery door" in question must have been the door adjoining his space to the room next door. It was no doubt a walk in closet belonging to the "bedroom" next door when they had more civil sized apartments, say with their own bedroom closets, kitchens and bathrooms. But space is money, and greed trumps comfort. The door is a reminder of yesteryear…

  26. Jenny Nguyen
    December 1, 2017
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    OMG, I would have a panic attack everyday !! Claustrophobic

  27. Ghost of Reagan
    December 1, 2017
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    I spent a few years in a prison cell that exact same size, with a roommate celly. We did have a toilet and sink combo.

  28. brn2wld
    December 1, 2017
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    He is spending a huge percentage of money on food. He is living like a Teenager at sleep-away camp. This is no way for an adult to survive. I say survive because this isn't living.

  29. Sammie Dav
    December 1, 2017
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    you are young and this kind of living is fine and dandy to pay $800.00 for 78 soft with no private shower and toilet ?!?!  …… I am sorry, this is the most undignified living condition for any humane being in this country !!! I saw similar living condition in Hong Kong with low wage income people and it was hard to watch. https://youtu.be/IQF0-3-RupM  
    what a shame that city allows this kind of business practices in Manhattan.

  30. Camila !
    December 2, 2017
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    My dude can really get a one bedroom apartment in the Bronx or Harlem for the same price or cheaper lmao.

  31. Andreas Kiel
    December 2, 2017
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    This is ridiculous, inhuman and probably illegal.

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