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