How This Spot Earned the Title of New York’s “Worst Apartment Ever”

If you’re at all familiar with New York real estate, you realize there are a ton of not great apartments out there.

Whether they’re too small, not at all clean, poorly situated, haunted, actually a closet, or really small, you’ve got to be on the lookout if you’re searching.

So what, we might wonder, makes a space the “worst apartment ever?”

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This contender comes from NYC realtor Cameron Knowlton, who knew just what to stay when someone asked him to share the worst apartment he had ever seen in the city.

“The landlord sent us their availability and when we saw the price point for the location we knew we had to go see it.

Believe it or not, before the virus this building was usually at full occupancy.”

It was in a prime area, midtown or downtown, and was only $1650 a month – very cheap for that part of the city – so he knew he had to at least check it out.

He found…a single room, and a very small one at that. The space is probably 8 or 10 feet by maybe 6 feet.

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“The location is the main reason the apartment is priced as expensive as it is, given the size. New York is a densely populated city with incredibly high demand.”

High enough demand, apparently, that people are willing to live in a room the size of a walk-in closet, with nothing else in it except a few cabinets, a sink, and a mini-fridge.

You read that right. No bathroom. No oven. No stove. No freezer.

There’s a key to the toilet room, and both that and the single stall shower are shared by the entire complex.

I grew a foot fungus just thinking about that, y’all.

What makes it the worst he’s ever seen?

Image Credit: Cameron Knowlton

“This apartment is very inexpensive for NY. However, it is “The Worst Apartment” because it’s not a good deal compared to other options in the city that are just a couple hundred more.”

I think a couple hundred dollars is worth it if I only have to deal with my own bathroom germs. Just saying.

Cameron says if you’re looking for the most bang for your buck, you’ll have to be willing to live outside the most desirable spots in the city.


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“The further north, the better the value. So the Upper East Side and Upper West Side will get you the most bang for your buck. Outside of Manhattan, parts of the other boroughs like Brooklyn and Queens can be more affordable.”

If you’re apartment hunting in NY, good luck – I am both envious of you’re living in the city and piteous of what you’re about to shell out every month for rent.

What do you think? Is this the worst apartment you’ve ever seen?

Let us know in the comments!