Luxurious Lilliputian

Once upon a time, “snug as a bug in a rug” perhaps referred to a modest bug (or perhaps a modest human being) being comfortably snug in an equally modest rug. Nowadays, with heightened frivolity and a spate of buggy individuals, the smaller is sometimes the better…or, at least, the more newsworthy for being foolishly unique.

My last post was about New York City’s smallest townhouse. But there’s another contender for that fanciful superlative towards the microscopic side of life: NYC’s smallest luxury apartment.

In the Morningside Heights section of this disproportionate metropolis, a couple with (I venture to guess) a lot of free time and cozy money on their hands reside in a 175-square-foot “microstudio.” Zaarath and Christopher Prokop are the proud owners of a Lilliputian abode which measures 14.9 feet long and 10 feet wide…costing a mere half million dollars, which the couple believe is a savings [!].

When you first see it, the first thing you say is, ‘Holy crap, this place is small,’ “said Zaarath, 37, an accountant for liquor company Remy Martin.”But when I saw it, all I could think of is, I can do something with this. This is perfect for us. We love it.”

Zaarath’s iota of perfection is situated on the 16th floor of a luxury apartment building at Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue. While the building has a doorman, the Prokop’s can only access their apartment by means of a staircase on the 15th floor. In fact, this microstudio is a one-fourth section of what was once the servants’ quarters in the early part of the last century.

Of course, no Manhattan luxury apartment, no matter how costly and how truncated, would be complete without a view of Manhattan; the microstudio provides such a view for their viewing delight.

The furnishings and supplies are at a bare minimum and primarily consist of a queen-sized bed (which takes up one-third of the space), a mini-fridge and hotplate (the pair doesn’t cook…God forbid!), a cappuccino maker and several containers of espresso (crucial to this sort of lifestyle) and related paraphernalia that’s luxuriously sparse and happily compact.

Source: New York Post