Tiny, Disgusting New York City Apartments Still Get Rented Easily: Could You Live in One? (PHOTOS)

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New York City is famous for the Statue of Liberty, Broadway, the Empire State Building -- and it's tiny apartments. Not that it doesn't have some of the largest, most amazing apartments on the planet -- but those are for the billionaires. Hands off, pleb! The rest of us usually get somewhere around 500 to 700 square feet, if we're lucky. Yeah, even if you have kids. But some people, apparently, are willing to go much, much smaller --and more disgusting -- than that. Many people in NYC are forced to rent a room in an apartment with others. And some of those rooms are, uh, not even really rooms.

A new blog called The Worst Room is tracking some of these Lilliputian rooms people are renting out -- and their usually gargantuan price tags. Examples:

For only $300 a month in NYC, you know you're going to get something awful, and this "room" below -- essentially a cot crammed into the corner of a kitchen -- doesn't disappoint.


$800 a month will get you this room below, which even the little dog knows is too small for anything. At least it has a fresh coat of yellow paint.


Here is a lovely bed and a bookshelf all ensconsed in what appears to be a basement. Hey, you can hang your wet clothes over the pipe above your head! $800 a month.

This is, um, a "kitchen". Well, there is a stove. Sorta.

I've lived in the city for a long time and it's been awhile since I've been on the "room circuit" but I do quite clearly remember the horror of it. Let's face it, for $800 a month you could probably pay the mortgage on a three-bedroom house in most towns.

That said, New York City has career opportunities that most places don't. It's got world class food, entertainment, and culture. Many people merely use their apartments as crash pads anyway.

Still ... these places are so depressing that I never could have lived in NYC for as long as I have if I had rented something like that. Call me crazy, but I need sunshine and place to put some clothes!

Could you ever live in a room like these?


Image via The Worst Room/Tumblr




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nonmember avatar MammaMel

yeah....1200 square feet 3 bedroom detached home with a front porch, a back patio, and an attached garage sitting on 1/4 of an acre for $525 a month in Mortgage....

Yasmin Williams

@mammamel..where do you live?!! i wanna live there too!!!

BPayne09 BPayne09

Geez. We are about to move but we currently pay slightly over $1,000 a month for a two bedroom condo.

nonmember avatar Shannon

$1085 a month (mortgage, taxes, insurance) for 1634 feet and 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 10 mins from a small beach, 45 mins from a world class beach, lots of jobs, and everyone is really NICE!

mamav... mamavaness

i guess if i really had to. But where I live I think its overpriced as well 1200 for 1 bdrm apt or 1450 for 2 bdrm. ridiculous and we don't even have good career opportunities here. wtf?

Ariel Evans

I live in a 3 bedroom, 1 bath house.....large backyard and amazing landlords....very small town though in Lousisiana. $550 a month. 

Melissa Sydney Childress

"for $800 a month you could probably pay the mortgage on a three-bedroom house in most towns."
Really!? Where!? Sign me up for those cities!

Elizabeth DeVigili

In Las Vegas a apartment with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and nice kitchen, inside laundry will run under $750

nonmember avatar Ashley

650 a month in rent for a 1500+ sq ft house, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, full finished basement, garage and a shop. We have a playground right across the road too :-)

crazy... crazy_mum

I live in GA mortage on 2000 sq ft 4 bedroom 2 bath 1 acre of land is 500/mth for 17 years.

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