Apartments in New York City are not known for being particularly spacious or particularly cheap.
Maybe that’s why the internet is so fascinated with a woman who now has gone viral to show off her comically tiny 80-square-foot apartment that she rents for a cool $650 a month.
Alaina Randazzo was interviewed by TikToker Caleb Simpson, who often asks New Yorkers on the street how much they pay for their apartments, and if he can get a tour as part of his share.
Randazzo then takes viewers to her Midtown Manhattan apartment as the camera shoots down at her from above. Viewers can see that one room (if you can call it that at all) that combines a burner on a stovetop, some shelf space, and a loveseat.
When Randazzo (who Simpson says “Is 5’5 on a good day”) lays down on the floor, her entire body is too tall to even fit from wall to wall.
“No window, but we’re in the right place,” Randazzo remarks, pointing to a skylight and her loft bed.
Viewers had a field day, seemingly evenly split between feelings of awe and horror.
“I’m too claustrophobic for this,” said one user.
“I would really like to live there,” another disagreed.
New Yorkers also slobbered on the comments, saying that paying that little bit for rent in Manhattan is still a “bargain” no matter the size of the apartment.
“This is solid. Anyone who doesn’t think that doesn’t understand opportunity cost,” one commenter even wrote. “Living so cheaply in Midtown has such a high ROI.”
Many pointed out that Randazzo made no mention of having a bathroom, which seemed worrisome, although she did make it clear on her own TikTok page that she uses a shared bathroom in the hallway.
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She also revealed that she shares the apartment with her dog.
According to most recent datathe average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in NYC is currently about $3,927, up about 27% from the same time last year.
The most expensive neighborhood for a one-bedroom apartment in New York right now is the Upper West Side, where the average one-bedroom one-bedroom costs $4,198 — about $3,548 more than what Randazzo pays.
Small or not, that is certainly not a waste of money on rent!