Literal New York City Shoebox Apartment Tour

pile of black shoe box next to wall
Your new building

Welcome! Come on in, feel free to make yourselves at home. Here we are in the heart of Bushwick, Brooklyn— the perfect spot to settle into your new New York City “digs” with plenty of great night life, new coffee shops and bakeries, and easy access to just about anything you’d need. As you can see, this shoebox apartment is freshly renovated and in just about the best location you could ask for! Also, because we’re inside a shoebox apartment, it’s easily transportable and really quite modern and innovative design-wise. Let’s be clear, though, this is an actual shoebox. Crazy, right? I know the dimensions of this unit might seem a little cramped, BUT, here’s a little exciting trivia for you, this exact shoebox was originally home to the Air Jordan’s once worn my Michael Jordan himself!

Now, I know I should address the elephant in the room, or should I say, studio, which is that there’s no dishwasher. I’m not going to sugarcoat that for you, but who does have one in New York City, am I right? Sure this is a small space, which might be a squeeze if you’re over say, 5, 6, or even 2 feet tall, but come check out this lid which is great for entertaining! I mean, you could probably put a grill or even, like, some Adirondack chairs from a doll’s house up here. Really, anything is possible if you think outside the box. Ha! That pun never gets old for me. Anyways, as I’ll demonstrate for you here, when you open up the shoebox top, there’s really a gorgeous skylight effect and it makes the space feel almost twice as large.

Stepping back inside, let’s take a look at some of the indoor design features. There are only about 20 square feet, but, if you get a tiny little murphy bed –say, one to fit a common field mouse—you’ll still have plenty of space for an airy open floor plan.

Unfortunately, there’s no laundry in the building, some bullshit with facilities and city planning about not being able to hook up an electrical system to a cardboard box in the center of up-and-coming Bushwick. However, there’s a laundry mat right up the street, so don’t stress out about it too much! If you glance down you’ll see that  the flooring is made from a sturdy blend of cardboard, but, if you check in with the landlord, in this case a 16-year-old Dick’s Sporting Goods employee named Michael, I’m sure you can get that switched out for bamboo or even tile.

Before you head out, I want to be honest with you, there are a few offers already being considered for this place. I don’t want to name-drop, but I know that Stuart Little, The Borrowers, and even the Lilliputians from Gulliver’s Travelshave shown quite a bit of interest. So, I’d recommend putting in an offer as soon as possible since this space is such a catch!

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention, the best part is, the rent –which is a real steal for a New York City property like this—is only $2,700 per month. Not including utilities.

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