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New Yorkers Live in Dorm-Style Apartments to Afford Manhattan Rent

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  • Alex Verhaeg moved into a 95-square-foot apartment in the East Village in 2020.
  • Verhaeg paid $1,100 for his micro studio and shares a bathroom with his neighbors.
  • Dormitory living is becoming more common in New York City, with median rents rising to $4,000 a month in Manhattan.

New Yorkers are choosing small apartments to live in one of the most expensive cities in the United States. There, I share a bathroom with my neighbor.

23-year-old Alex Verhaeg pays $1,100 a month for a 95-square-foot apartment in Manhattan’s East Village. but, According to CNBC, it is a dormitory style housing. He and his neighbor share three bathrooms on the floor.

“Living here makes me feel like I’m in a college dorm because of the shared amenities,” he told CNBC. I see it, I’m just used to it.”

For those in need of affordable housing in Manhattan, Verhaeg’s residences are not uncommon. He and his fellow New Yorkers take to TikTok to share their own little setting.

Alaina Randazzo says she lives in “New York City’s most affordable apartment” for just $650 a month. catch? She has to leave the tiny studio and walk past her neighbor to use the bathroom.

Randazzo’s small apartment (80 square feet) has a small kitchen with a two-burner stove, mini-fridge, microwave, and sink. A tour of her apartment got her over 2 million views on TikTok.

Most viewers were shocked and impressed with how she made the most of her small space.

“It’s not an apartment…it’s a cupboard,” wrote one commenter.

“That’s shocking. I’ve seen prison cells much bigger,” wrote another.

However, some New Yorkers in the comments mentioned that the rent is relatively cheap. Some wondered, “How did you get this for only $650?” After all, Randazzo has its own bathroom and skylight.

TikToker Axel Webber went viral in 2021 for his $1,200, 95-square-foot apartment.a A short tour of his spaceIt had a loft bed and refrigerator, but no stove or private bathroom.

Insider reports that Webber was living in his car when he spotted his East Village apartment on Facebook Marketplace. Like Verhaeg, Webber shares a bathroom with a neighbor who lives on the same floor.

“I looked at the listings, I looked at the pictures, it looked small online, and it looked even smaller in person. But I fell in love with it,” he continued. The place is perfect for one person, just me.

May, Median Manhattan rent hits $4,000 The median income in New York City is about $52,000 a year.

Verhaeg told CNBC that when the rent increased from $1,000 to $1,100 this year, he didn’t pay the utility bills, so he didn’t mind paying the extra $100. At the time, he shared the breakdown with his 54,000 TikTok followers.

In the video, Verhaeg is shown leaving her apartment and walking down a hallway to three rooms with toilets and sinks and two with showers only. Commentators noted the strange layout of his building.

“You can see how they turned an ordinary apartment into three overpriced chicken coops,” read one comment.

Verhaeg found her tiny apartment on Zillow in 2020, but didn’t really see it until it was time to move in.

“I was a little shocked when I saw how small it was, but I really wanted to live in this area,” he told CNBC. But you can make it a home, and you have to put love into it.”

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