Remember the microstudio viral video? See Felice Cohen’s new home

In 2010 we toured the 90-square-foot apartment of Manhattan’s Felice Cohen and soon after media networks worldwide were calling it “America’s Tiniest Apartment” (we have since filmed smaller) and helped our video go viral.

Today the video has had nearly 5 million views. Thanks to all the attention, Felice’s landlord discovered she wasn’t on the lease and evicted her (well, gave her the option to pay double the rent). Felice considered staying and paying $1300 or $1400 per month for her miniscule space, but then decided to listen to her grandparents who insisted that it was time to buy.

She’s been saving up for “a rainy day” – helped along by her relatively tiny $700/month rent- so she was able to go big. Her new apartment is 500 square feet and she didn’t have to change neighborhoods, though moving to a one bedroom apartment from such tiny digs was a bit of a shock.

The video has received 4000 comments and not all of them understanding of Felice’s decision to live so small. But Felice defends her choice, and that of cities like New York, Boston and San Francisco to build more “microstudios” as less about physical space and more about a state of mind.

More info on original story:

Felice’s new book: “90 Lessons for Living Large in 90 s.f.”:

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  1. Flutzy Sniper
    December 2, 2017

    her old apartment was a about half the size of my bedroom…… I feel so privileged.

    December 2, 2017

    Loll girl if you was not the person on the lease why would you put ya self out there …but at least you have a bigger and better apartment and your new bed is better for your back, girl you deserved better

  3. James Allen
    December 10, 2017

    This is the new normal, is it? It sucks.

  4. Mia Aim
    December 12, 2017

    She pushed that life in that 78sqft box like she was happy with it. A person needs space for comfort cause without comfort what is a home.

  5. xdhwowbob
    December 15, 2017

    Love her spirit

  6. cleveland anderson
    December 16, 2017

    New York rent is a sad story this place is're wasting your time living here these greedy real estate agents are a rip off..That's a walking many people are homeless in New York feels like a thirdword country its getting bad..

  7. cleveland anderson
    December 16, 2017

    These people are making new york look bad they are houses fro e everyone why live like packrat my little closet good luck with that shit fuck new york..

  8. cleveland anderson
    December 16, 2017

    This place need one big earthquake and tsunami destroy everything then start over.

  9. Forte5 RS
    December 19, 2017

    Now she has to worry about upkeep of her apartment that comes with ownership. In her old place, she didn't have much to worry about. $700 and the rest into savings.

  10. Val Valyrian
    December 20, 2017

    wait did she say 1300 a month for that old apartment? NYC landlords must be the richest people in America.

  11. Bumble Bee
    December 22, 2017


  12. 243wayne1
    December 23, 2017

    +Felice Cohen- Sooo… You now have a "Kitchen" but still no dishwasher, cooktop or oven. Hmmm….

  13. Norman Barns
    December 25, 2017

    in response to the video description: hah, state of mind? such a state of mind in new york (esp. in that kind of space size) is enprisonment to the human being.

  14. Nathan thompson
    December 26, 2017

    1300 for 90 sqft????? hahaahhahahaha fuckkkkkkkkk that

  15. Styx62 Ga
    December 29, 2017

    The landlord to the tiny apartment is a miserable greedy dick sucker

  16. Ralitza Treneva
    January 3, 2018

    You need a better camera now! 🙂

  17. Beth g
    January 3, 2018

    The new place is much better Mazel Tov

  18. Brandon Burrell
    January 3, 2018

    Nice rainy day!

  19. colonelerotic
    January 5, 2018

    Needs more cats.

  20. Full Fish
    January 6, 2018

    "Orange is my favourite colour." One orange bin and an orange box

  21. moo cow
    January 9, 2018

    She talks like she misses her old place. That's just insane!

  22. Jayden Rice
    January 10, 2018

    She reminds me of Gloria Estefan

  23. Neal B
    January 12, 2018

    I really don't get the appeal of city living, particularly big city. I live in the burbs of a mid-sized American city. I pay $1400/month for a nice 4 bedroom, 1600 square foot home. Plenty of storage space for everything. I have a large backyard for kids and pets. Lots of trees for the birds and squirrels. A large wooden deck for the barbecue. Everything I need is within a 15 minute drive and I'm 30 minutes away from my downtown job. It's wonderful.

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