Monday, April 25, 2011


Artist, writer and professional organizer Felice Cohen lives in the tiny dwelling overlooking Central Park. By choosing a studio that measures just 12 feet by 7 feet, Felice Cohen can afford to live in Manhattan’s Upper West Side where apartments rent for an average of $3,600 per month. She pays just over $700 for her 90-square-foot microstudio. She said she wanted to live in Manhattan, but didn’t want to spend a lot of money to do it. “I think a lot of people have a lot of space that they’re not using." On her first night in the apartment, Felice said she suffered a panic attack because of the limited space between her elevated bed and the ceiling. “Sure I don’t have a large refrigerator or an extra room, but when it comes down to it, I live in New York city, steps from Central Park (my backyard), Lincoln Center, numerous restaurants, theatre and wonderful museums.” Felice said “it’s worth it.” “I look out my window and it’s New York City, I mean, that’s my backyard.” Felice said she initially planned to live in the apartment for one year, but loved the “quiet, cozy little space” so much, she’s been there for three years.

How small a space could you live in?

Artista, escritora e organizadora profissional Felice Cohen vive num minúsculo apartamento com uma bela vista para o Central Park, em Nova York. Ao escolher morar num estúdio que mede pouco mais que 27 metros quadrados, Felice Cohen pode se dar ao luxo de viver numa região de Manhattan, (Upper West Side) onde os preços do aluguel variam numa média de 3.600 dólares por mês. Felice paga um pouco mais de 700 dólares em seu micro estúdio. Ela conta que desejava morar em Manhattan, mas não queria gastar muito. "Acho que muita gente tem uma porção de espaço que não usa". Em sua primeira noite em seu pequeno apartamento, Felice disse que teve um ataque de pânico por causa do espaço limitado entre a cama elevada e o teto. "Claro que eu não tenho uma grande geladeira ou um quarto extra, mas eu moro na cidade de Nova York, a poucos passos do Central Park, do Lincoln Center, de diversos restaurantes, teatros e museus maravilhosos. E isso vale a pena", disse Felice. "Eu olho pela minha janela e vejo Nova York, que é o meu quintal". Felice disse que inicialmente planejava morar em seu micro estúdio por um ano apenas, mas gostou tanto do espaço calmo, pequeno mas acolhedor, que está lá há três anos.

Qual é o menor espaço em que você poderia viver?

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  1. I once, during a desperate time, lived in 200 sq foot cottage. The roof pitched on one side, so part of the square footage had a 4 foot ceiling. My friends called it the Doll's House.

    I spent a lot of time outside.

  2. Oh, how fun!Well, my first thought is our RV which is about 32' with three slide-outs...but it's bigger than her apartment! I can identify with the idea of having to keep everything organized and after awhile it's nice and cozy. Bigger isn't nec. better for sure! I think (and I'm speaking specifically of Americans) we've reached this more-more-more way and we have just too much 'junk' or things! Most homes have two car garages where I live...yet ends up being more room for stuff and leave the multi thousand dollar vehicles outside because they can't fit. There is definately something to be said for 'down sizing' great thought provoking post this morning!

  3. Taí uma boa pergunta! É preciso ir diminuindo para se saber! Eu ainda tenho muito espaço para perder...

    Bjs e parabéns pelo post1

  4. I could certainly have lived in this small space when I was younger and very single... at age 57, my knees would no longer let me climb that ladder up to bed. I think she has a sweet little home!

  5. Cada vez que vamos em férias, vejo quanto podemos morar e estar bem em apartamentos pequeninhos. Basta ser feliz e priorizar...

    Claro que um espaço pra laptop preciso,rsrs beijos,chica

  6. Eu acho que batia com a cabeça todas as noites! :) Gostei! Boa semana! Bjs Nadia

  7. I think as Americans we acquire way too much junk (says the guy who lives in a 4,300-square-foot home); in fact we're starting a major clean-out so that we can eventually downsize. But I couldn't fit in that apartment!

  8. It is amazing to me that she can live in such a small space. I think it is wonderful that she has made such a cozy home for herself.
    I personally wouldn't last one hour in there....I would definitely have panic attacks.

    Hope you are doing well.

  9. Hi Sonia! Interesting post. A microstudio for living in Manhattan: this is so good!
    Happy Tuesday!

  10. Que gostoso ficar pertinho do Central Park e perto de tantas novidades, museus, cafés, livrarias, ufff!, vale o "sacrifício".

  11. I could do this for a time. I am a gardener and love my children and now I need more space. But this is a great apartment for a young girl.

  12. probably not THAT small! my house is quite tiny too and i love it though my husband does get claustrophobic. we used to live in a big house with a big yard but moved here about 9 years ago. we had to sell about a third of our furniture to fit into this little house! i would like to downsize even more as we get older. reduce the cleaning, you know :p

  13. Maybe just a little bit too small! Where should I put the piano? :-)

    But, I personally prefer smaller in a nice neighbourhood than a big one where I would not be so happy to live!

  14. That space is too small for me. It would make me claustraphobic!!! And the so called "view" from her window---Well, I wouldn't be able to stand that either. Of course---If I had to, I could live practically anywhere, but it certainly wouldn't be my choice....

    This was GREAT Sonia! To see the pictures and then the really get a sense of the place. I cannot imagine having 9 or 10 people there, though....We would all be like!

    Such an interesting post, my dear....Thanks so much for this and thanks, too, for your lovely comments on my blog!

  15. I think that's a little too small for me! :D

  16. Isn't it amazing?
    If I was the sort of person who loved to go out to restaurants and theatres all the time - it would be great.
    But I am a home-body - I need more space.

  17. Oi Sonia
    Gostei do espaço dela , moraria tranquila aí .
    Priorizo sempre o local onde moro, o que tenho as maos quando saio pra passear ou ir as compras.
    E pra quê tanto espaço ocioso na maioria das vezes?
    Claro que pra família ,é inviável .
    Moraria sim em Manhattan , com prazer , nesse mini apê.rs
    Bem acolhedor e prático.
    Obrigada pelas felicitações .
    boa semana

  18. Sonia - my seeds arrived on Friday!
    They are so tiny - it's hard to believe such a magnificent creation comes from this tiny little thing.

  19. Sonia, eu nao poderia dormir numa cama dessas, rs.

    Tenho fobia com lugares fechados e apertados. Até que ela tem muita coisa, eu nao teria tantas caixas e um guarda roupa tao cheio. Gosto de ver as coisas livres...

    Bjao e muito curioso o video.

  20. I LOVE this post, esp. the video. What a delightful and charming young woman!!


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