Meanwhile, just off Central Park

In the preceding post, I pointed out one advantage of the mostly-horizontal layout of towns like mine, though clearly it would never work in Manhattan: the island is home to 1.6 million people in a mere 23 square miles, about the size of Midwest City, Oklahoma (population 57,000). I’m sure I’d go claustrophobic in a hurry. Others, perhaps better adjusted, maybe not so much:

Two things I noticed:

  • My bathroom is very nearly as small as hers. I have a full-sized tub, but it takes up almost half the available space, and the area reserved for the toilet is, shall we say, not expansive.
  • The clock-radio up in the sleeping zone appears to be from Cambridge Soundworks, a sign of good judgment. (I have two of their radios.)

Obviously I have no idea what living in this space might be like. The smallest flat I’ve ever had was about 500 square feet. (We will not consider things like, um, Army barracks.) For that matter, I have no idea what living in New York might be like. (I dropped in at a walk-up just on the other side of the Hudson several road trips ago.) But I do understand, to a certain extent, the law of supply and demand, and I understand that if I want a thousand square feet on the Upper West Side, it’s going to cost me several times what I’m paying here on the prairie. For that matter, a house like mine a mere six miles south of me would likely bring half what mine would. Location, location, location, as the agents say.

(Via Fark.)


  1. Jeffro »

    4 April 2011 · 9:01 pm

    I couldn’t do it.

  2. Dan B »

    5 April 2011 · 2:40 am

    I think all my wife’s BOOKS wouldn’t fit into that apartment, forget anything else.

    I’m impressed with how well she’s using her 1000 or so CUBIC feet of space (90 sq ft by 11-ish ft high). I would have to sleep ‘downstairs’ instead of the loft space, me and tight enclosed spaces don’t mix well.

  3. Tatyana »

    5 April 2011 · 6:29 am

    For a “professional organizer” she didn’t do a very good job.

  4. Tatyana »

    5 April 2011 · 6:40 am

    For your collection: a dwelling for two, of 16sq. METERS in Seattle. The owner – and the designer of the apartment – is a Boeing interiors engineer.
    Btw, those last pictures – it’s a bathtub; in the floor, under the hinged lid. I am told it’s a condo apartment on the first floor of a complex.

    Other small apartment organization ideas: here, from all over the world.

    Not just in Manhattan.

  5. nightfly »

    5 April 2011 · 10:33 am

    I love stuff like this, and the imagination it takes to design a space to hold the people and the necessary stuff. And I confess to a twinge of envy at her 11-foot ceilings… we have normal 8′ ceilings on the ground floor, but they’re only 7′ upstairs… and barely 6′ in the basement. Add in the radiator pipes and I have to really mind where I’m standing when I do the laundry.

  6. Dan B »

    6 April 2011 · 3:02 am

    Unless my ciphering is off, 16 square meters is around 172 sq ft. for those not metrically inclined.

    And the link isn’t working at the moment.

  7. CGHill »

    6 April 2011 · 10:58 am

    Both links are working at this end. (LiveJournal filter?)

  8. Tatyana »

    6 April 2011 · 11:50 am

    For three days LJ is subjected to a hackers’ attack; the HQ are working on this problem.

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