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New York City's 15 Narrowest Buildings, Mapped

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Space in New York City is finite, but those looking to fill it seem not to be. This has lead to some crazy real estate stunts, like 90-square-foot homes, and a plethora of downright terrifying, possibly illegal tiny apartments. The search for space where space is not is tireless, and is summed up so perfectly in the city's 15 narrowest buildings. Rounded up by PropertyShark, these sites—which begin in the countdown at a spacious 10 feet in width—may have better served as a pocket park, or even an alley; but this is New York, and no stone goes unturned if someone wants to build over it.


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1. 83 South 6th Street

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83 South 6th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249

The city's 15th most slender building is this ten-foot-wide three-family townhouse in Williamsburg. To put the width of this townhouse into some kind of perspective, it is less wide than a standard traffic lane. Get ready, folks; it all goes down from here.

2. 194 State Street - 9.83 Feet

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194 State Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

This one doesn't look that slender until you realize that the red door belongs not to No. 194, but No. 196. 194 State Street is on the right of the red door, and contains that lonely stack of single windows.

3. 469 Port Richmond Avenue - 9.5 Feet

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469 Port Richmond Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10302

This little Port Richmond antique shop is just 9.5 feet wide. If it carries the long tradition of such shops to be overstuffed, it's probably best to just not go in there; especially if the store policy is "You Break It, You Buy It."

4. 75 1/2 Bedford Street - 9.5 Feet

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75 1/2 Bedford St
New York, NY 10014

Behold, New York City's narrowest single-family house, the 9.5-foot-wide Wonder of the West Village. The home has hosted esteemed guests like actor Cary Grant and poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. It most recently sold in August of 2013 for a whopping $3.25 million.

5. 2951 Nostrand Avenue - 9.33 Feet

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2951 Nostrand Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11229

At just 9.33 feet wide, this Marine Park mixed-use building is, well, really narrow.

6. 166-10 Jamaica Avenue - 9 Feet

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166-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11432

ABC Wigs in Jamaica is approximately as wide as the tree in front of it.

7. 164 Division Avenue - 8.58 Feet

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164 Division Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Home to the esteemed Corner Lunchbox, this Williamsburg establishment is a mere 8.58 feet wide.

8. 155 West 35th Street - 8 Feet

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155 West 35th Street
New York, NY 10001

Let's call this eight-foot-wide Midtown building what it is: an alley cork.

9. 174 Greenpoint Avenue - 7.92 Feet

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174 Greenpoint Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222

Insurance and income tax offices are already generally depressing, but this 7.92-foot-wide one in Greenpoint probably takes the cake.

10. 1125 Elm Avenue - 7.75 Feet

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1125 Elm Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11230

According to PropertyShark, this Midwood building is divided into three apartments. Sheesh.

11. 2939 Bruckner Boulevard - 7.75 Feet

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2939 Bruckner Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10461

The 7.75-foot-deep building in Schuylerville is probably well served by the baseball paraphernalia store that inhabits half of it.

12. 118-120 Parkinson Avenue - 7.67 Feet

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120 Parkinson Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10305

There are no words for this 7.67-foot-wide Concord building; just Italian ices to ease its sorrows.

13. 24-24 36th Street - 6.42 Feet

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24-24 36th Street
Long Island City, NY 11103

See where the roof goes uneven in this Steinway home? Yup.

14. 139-33 89th Avenue - 6 Feet

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139-33 89th Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11435

This Jamaica structure looks more like a decorative entrance for the apartment building behind it (or more like a bouncey castle) than its own building.

15. 57 Division Street - 5.7 Feet

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57 Division Street
New York, NY 10002

And now, the city's narrowest building: this wisp of a thing in Chinatown. Here's a list of things that won't fit in this building horizontally: a king size mattress, a standard door, former b-ball playing shorty Allen Iverson.

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1. 83 South 6th Street

83 South 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249

The city's 15th most slender building is this ten-foot-wide three-family townhouse in Williamsburg. To put the width of this townhouse into some kind of perspective, it is less wide than a standard traffic lane. Get ready, folks; it all goes down from here.

83 South 6th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249

2. 194 State Street - 9.83 Feet

194 State Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

This one doesn't look that slender until you realize that the red door belongs not to No. 194, but No. 196. 194 State Street is on the right of the red door, and contains that lonely stack of single windows.

194 State Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

3. 469 Port Richmond Avenue - 9.5 Feet

469 Port Richmond Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10302

This little Port Richmond antique shop is just 9.5 feet wide. If it carries the long tradition of such shops to be overstuffed, it's probably best to just not go in there; especially if the store policy is "You Break It, You Buy It."

469 Port Richmond Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10302

4. 75 1/2 Bedford Street - 9.5 Feet

75 1/2 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

Behold, New York City's narrowest single-family house, the 9.5-foot-wide Wonder of the West Village. The home has hosted esteemed guests like actor Cary Grant and poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. It most recently sold in August of 2013 for a whopping $3.25 million.

75 1/2 Bedford St
New York, NY 10014

5. 2951 Nostrand Avenue - 9.33 Feet

2951 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11229

At just 9.33 feet wide, this Marine Park mixed-use building is, well, really narrow.

2951 Nostrand Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11229

6. 166-10 Jamaica Avenue - 9 Feet

166-10 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11432

ABC Wigs in Jamaica is approximately as wide as the tree in front of it.

166-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11432

7. 164 Division Avenue - 8.58 Feet

164 Division Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Home to the esteemed Corner Lunchbox, this Williamsburg establishment is a mere 8.58 feet wide.

164 Division Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211

8. 155 West 35th Street - 8 Feet

155 West 35th Street, New York, NY 10001

Let's call this eight-foot-wide Midtown building what it is: an alley cork.

155 West 35th Street
New York, NY 10001

9. 174 Greenpoint Avenue - 7.92 Feet

174 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Insurance and income tax offices are already generally depressing, but this 7.92-foot-wide one in Greenpoint probably takes the cake.

174 Greenpoint Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222

10. 1125 Elm Avenue - 7.75 Feet

1125 Elm Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11230

According to PropertyShark, this Midwood building is divided into three apartments. Sheesh.

1125 Elm Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11230

11. 2939 Bruckner Boulevard - 7.75 Feet

2939 Bruckner Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10461

The 7.75-foot-deep building in Schuylerville is probably well served by the baseball paraphernalia store that inhabits half of it.

2939 Bruckner Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10461

12. 118-120 Parkinson Avenue - 7.67 Feet

120 Parkinson Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10305

There are no words for this 7.67-foot-wide Concord building; just Italian ices to ease its sorrows.

120 Parkinson Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10305

13. 24-24 36th Street - 6.42 Feet

24-24 36th Street, Long Island City, NY 11103

See where the roof goes uneven in this Steinway home? Yup.

24-24 36th Street
Long Island City, NY 11103

14. 139-33 89th Avenue - 6 Feet

139-33 89th Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11435

This Jamaica structure looks more like a decorative entrance for the apartment building behind it (or more like a bouncey castle) than its own building.

139-33 89th Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11435

15. 57 Division Street - 5.7 Feet

57 Division Street, New York, NY 10002

And now, the city's narrowest building: this wisp of a thing in Chinatown. Here's a list of things that won't fit in this building horizontally: a king size mattress, a standard door, former b-ball playing shorty Allen Iverson.

57 Division Street
New York, NY 10002