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100-Square-Foot Upper West Side Rental Is So Sad It Hurts

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Of all the (many, many) small apartments in New York City, this one might earn the prize for most depressing. A former SRO, the "studio," which clocks in at under 100 square feet, on the fourth-floor of a townhouse has one good thing going for it: the location on the Upper West Side between Columbus and Amsterdam/Broadway. The broker not only owns up to its size, but practically exalts it with some witty banter:

—This apartment is so small, you can't have three friends over at the same time; one of you will have to wait outside in the hall.
—It's so small you can't gain weight once you move in.
—It's so small there's a bumper on the front door to keep it from hitting the back wall.

—It's so small you have to move the bed just to open and close the front door. All that—for a room that's "perhaps 7' x 11'" plus a bathroom (in which the shower is out in the open and the toilet is obscured by a purple curtain), and a sort-of kitchenette with no stove and a mini-fridge—for $1,100/month. It's true that very special New Yorkers can make 90-square-foot apartments livable—but this unit's last renter certainly did not have that golden touch. Any takers?

More tiny apartments in New York City:
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Half a Million Dollars, for 250 Square Feet of West Village Real Estate
Here Now, the 10 Most Absurdly Expensive Studios in NYC

Oh, and there's no window, just a skylight.

More on the nightmare of renting in New York City:
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For $1,150/Month, Is This Sad St. Marks Place Studio Livable?
Someone Is Paying $1,795/Month For This Sad Kitchen Shower

In 2011, it was renting for $1,000/month, so at least that's one piece of New York real estate for which the rents aren't skyrocketing too badly. (Still. Ugh.)

More rental horror stories:
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The Total Nightmare of Living With a Hoarder in a Tiny NYC Flat

Broker Leon Feingold posted his listing on Facebook on Wednesday. It garnered 72 comments ("That's not an apartment, that's a broom closet," "1100? They would have to pay me that to live there," et cetera) and counting.

Does anyone want to see NYC's smallest legal apartment for rent??? I'm showing it tonight, it's a former SRO unit with a...

Posted by Leon Feingold on Wednesday, June 10, 2015

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