The cover of the current issue of New York magazine reads, “The Apartment: A History of Vertical Living.” Inside are several articles about and amazing photographs of various abodes in Gotham’s five boroughs. Some are huge and gaudy, some are small, but as I flipped through the glossy pages the other day, one image in particular planted itself in my brain: a photograph of a teeny-tiny, somewhat disheveled bathroom inside a 55-square foot, $800/mo. “studio” (read: closet) in Hell’s Kitchen. The photo, at left, immediately made me think, “No location is worth that kind of sacrifice.” And then I thought, “I probably couldn’t even fit in that shower.”
But sacrifice is something New Yorkers know all too well about, especially when it comes to space. Dwell devoted an issue recently to human habitats in New York, including a 600-square foot Murray Hill apartment owned and lived in by a family of four. Not every New York family has the luxury of being able to afford to own, of course. If you’re a regular reader and you noticed my absence earlier this week, that’s because my daughter and I just moved into a 1.5 bedroom we’re renting in beautiful Park Slope.
I decided it was best to sacrifice space for location, since the public schools in Park Slope are so sought-after many kindergarten classes have lengthy wait lists. I kick myself a little bit every time I think of the newly-remodeled 2 bedroom with an enormous kitchen, living room, dining room and full bath in Harlem for the same price, especially since I’m typing this from the floor of my galley kitchen – the only room in the house that’s currently got any clutter-free space. Like the studio owner whose bathroom is pictured, our new place doesn’t have a tub. I spray my daughter down using a removable showerhead.
But don’t worry – there’s no self-pity here. Cramped quarters and all, I couldn’t be more thrilled to be living where I am, near friends (with families of their own) and several wonderful parks. Maybe that’s why I can relate to Felice Cohen, who happily resides in a 90-sq. ft. studio near Lincoln Center, just steps away from Central Park. Cohen says, “I look out my window, and it’s New York City. I mean, that’s my backyard.” Take a look at how she does it, then decide if you could, too:
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Photo: New York magazine