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The Littlest Loft: 40 Square Feet for $450 a Month

by Nena Perry-Brown

The Littlest Loft: 40 Square Feet for $450 a Month: Figure 1
Brooklyn transplant Jack Leahy in his rental home. Photo: NY Times.

A recent New York Times article profiles what is perhaps the city’s smallest living arrangement.

Jack Leahy, a musician from Texas, is renting a 40 square-foot crawl space to live in for $450 a month. Accessible by ladder, the “cubbyhole” is in the ceiling of a Williamsburg, Brooklyn performance space, a few blocks from the waterfront.

With five feet of clearance throughout most of the window-free space, it may surprise many that there was competition to rent the location. The space fits a twin-size mattress and various other belongings; a rock shelf on the riverbank serves as Leahy’s “living room”.

Seven other people rent actual rooms in the building; the eight tenants share one kitchen and 1.5 bathrooms. In this way, Leahy’s arrangement may be a model of tiny living, renting the most micro- of micro-units in a co-living building.

This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/the_littlest_loft_what_450_a_month_rents_in_brooklyn/11685

1 Comment

  1. EckingtonNEDC said at 3:16 pm on Saturday September 17, 2016:
    I don't think I could live in such small confined space. No windows also!

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