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Man who just moved to Manhattan gives tour of ‘the smallest apartment in New York’

A young man who just moved to New York City is making his home in what he calls ‘the smallest apartment in New York’ — and video that he has shared on TikTok proves he’s not exaggerating. 

Axel Webber made the move to Manhattan three weeks ago and landed in a minuscule microstudio in the East Village with just enough room for a bed, a closet, a sink, and a ‘kitchen’ comprised of a mini fridge and microwave. 

Now his video tour of him very humble abode has gone viral, shocking millions of TikTok users.

‘Here’s what it’s like living in the smallest apartment in New York. Whatever your expectations are, lower them,’ he says in the clip.

A young man who just moved to New York City is making his home in what he calls ‘the smallest apartment in New York’

Axel Webber made the move to Manhattan three weeks ago and landed in a minuscule microstudio in the East Village

Axel Webber made the move to Manhattan three weeks ago and landed in a minuscule microstudio in the East Village

Much of the room is filled with a bunk bed. On the bottom is a queen-sized mattress facing the door

A smaller twin-sized mattress going perpendicular to that makes up the top bunk

Much of the room is filled with a bunk bed. On the bottom is a queen-sized mattress facing the door, while a smaller twin-sized mattress going perpendicular to that makes up the top bunk

Even when he stands the bottom mattress up on its side, he has very little space - though he did manage to fit his small piano

Even when he stands the bottom mattress up on its side, he has very little space – though he did manage to fit his small piano

Axel had been living in his car in a Walmart parking lot before finding the apartment, so it is certainly an upgrade. 

He managed to find a place on St. Marks Place in the East Village, and insists: ‘It’s not bad, it’s cozy.’

‘As soon as you walk in the door, we have the sink,’ he says, opening the door and panning the camera left to show a small bathroom-style sink in the corner immediately to his left.

Above that is a mirror, which he has festively strung with Christmas lights.

‘Right next to the sink is, conveniently located, the kitchen,’ he continues, showing what few people would actually describe as a kitchen.

It consists of a mini fridge, on top of which is a microwave. Above the microwave is a small open pantry with two shelves, where he has a single bowl and plate and some food that can easily be made without a full kitchen, like ramen, peanut butter, and popcorn.

'As soon as you walk in the door, we have the sink,' he says. Above that is a mirror, which he has festively strung with Christmas lights

‘As soon as you walk in the door, we have the sink,’ he says. Above that is a mirror, which he has festively strung with Christmas lights

While he does get water at the sink, it is small and bathroom-sized, not ideal for cooking

While he does get water at the sink, it is small and bathroom-sized, not ideal for cooking

'Right next to the sink is, conveniently located, the kitchen,' he continues, showing what few people would actually describe as a kitchen

‘Right next to the sink is, conveniently located, the kitchen,’ he continues, showing what few people would actually describe as a kitchen

There is a small fridge, a microwave, and shelves where he keeps dry goods and a single plate and bowl

He also has a single burner stove

There is a small fridge, a microwave, and shelves where he keeps dry goods and a single plate and bowl. He also has a single burner stove

The rest of the room is mostly filled with a bunk bed. On the bottom is a queen-sized mattress facing the door, while a smaller twin-sized mattress going perpendicular to that makes up the top bunk.

‘I have two beds, but only one me. Some nights I’m a queen guy, other nights I chill on the twin,’ he says.

He has also fit a small piano on the bottom bunk, and sits on a tiny stool pushed up against the bed to use it.

Behind the beds is a window that faces another building, and Axel has an air conditioner hanging out of it. 

Finally, he has a ‘closet,’ which is university dorm-style with no door.

Axel noted that there is no bathroom in his apartment, and he has to use a communal one down the hall. 

Axel proudly shows off the loft for extra storage above the door

Axel proudly shows off the loft for extra storage above the door

Finally, he has a 'closet,' which is university dorm-style with no door

Finally, he has a ‘closet,’ which is university dorm-style with no door

Axel noted that there is no bathroom in his apartment, and he has to use a communal one down the hall

Axel noted that there is no bathroom in his apartment, and he has to use a communal one down the hall

The bathroom, too, is incredibly tiny and fits just a toilet and sink. There is no soap, and Axel notes that people have to bring their own every time they use the toilet.

The bathroom, too, is incredibly tiny and fits just a toilet and sink. There is no soap, and Axel notes that people have to bring their own every time they use the toilet.

The bathroom, too, is incredibly tiny and fits just a toilet and sink. There is no soap, and Axel notes that people have to bring their own every time they use the toilet.

He did not explain where he bathes or if there is another room with a shower.

Axel’s videos have quickly gone viral, with one earning a whopping 23.5 million on TikTok.

Commenters are shocked and befuddled by his living arrangements, with some insisting that it must in fact be a college dorm — but Axel insisted that it is not, and that his neighbor is a 60-year-old man. 

Axel did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment, but another TikTok user who claimed to live there said he paid $1,000 per month in 2011, which ‘was cheap for Manhattan.’ 

Speaking to ABC News, Axel said that he hopes to one day have a place with a stove with ‘a nice burner, a gas range, maybe even my own pot to cook pasta in.’

‘You know what I’m cooking pasta in?’ he said. ‘A pan [on] a single burner stove.’ 


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