A quick look at some of the city's close quarters
It's always cool to see the unique, weird, grand, odd, creepy, old, new, plain, packed (for your sake I'll stop) abodes of others. From apartments to yachts, houses that aren't our own are curious oddities. Heck, it's half the reason things like the Travel Channel and Architectural Digest even exist. I'm not sure if it's a sense of jealousy, maybe envy, although not pejorative, when we see huge, rising marble walls and huge, never-ending pools that seemingly run off cliffs, but what about in the other direction? Like our own Alissa Fleck examined, what about the apartments of those who are on the other side of the spectrum and employ walls where others do windows? Here's a quick look at a few New Yorkers who live in 500 sq ft or less: - Felice Cohen - UWS - 90 ft. sq. Cohen's Upper West Side collected quite a bit of fame after AOL wrote an [article](http://realestate.aol.com/blog/2011/04/05/woman-lives-in-90-square-foot-new-york-apartment/) on her tiny "microstudio" in April 2011. As a professional designer, Cohen put her natural skill set to the test when she endeavored to purchase the $700/month apartment, and seems to have fared well. - A guy named Luke Tyler - Hell's Kitchen - 78 ft. sq. I'm partial to Luke's rather than Cohen's, if only for the minimalist design to match the size (though he doesn't really have a choice). [Shown on Apartment Therapy](http://community.apartmenttherapy.com/contests/smallcool/2011/entries/2733?utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=smallcool2011), Luke's apartment employs a pull-out couch that serves as his bed, a mini-fridge under his desk, and a standard A/C whose wraith is inescapable. According to MSNBC, his apartment runs $800/mo. Only problem, there's no bathroom, but I'm sure he has room for a bucket (kidding) (also not kidding). - Jordan - Brooklyn - 460 ft. sq. [Winner](http://community.apartmenttherapy.com/contests/smallcool/2011/entries/1803) of the Apartment Therapy "Small Cool" contest, where contestants submit their sub-1,000 ft. sq. apartments, Jordan's apartment has much more room than either Luke or Felice does, but does a great job with what he has. Fortunate enough to have a lot of light, a sweet couch, and a bathroom(!), Jordan's apartment looks extremely comfortable and homey. - The Prokops - Morningside Heights - 175 ft. sq. Do you cut the footage in half if two people live there? Or if there inhabitant cats? Zaarath and Christopher Prokop, as shown in an [article](http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/cozy_crazy_couple_makes_tight_studio_R15ToNFTaJE3c17zkw4efP) in the New York Post, is a 16th-floor co-op that can only be accessed by a staircase from the 15th floor with two windows and a queen-sized bed. The Prokops bought their pad for $150,000 in 2009, according to the Post. --Nick Gallinelli