Tiny New York City House

by Kent Griswold on September 18th, 2011. 20 Comments
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New Yorkers know about tiny house living even though most are apartments. It controls careless purchasing. Biking through Elmhurst Queens in New York City I came upon the cutest little house I’ve seen anywhere in the city. Manhattan likes to claim the narrowest townhouses and a couple are a bit narrower at the front, but this Elmhurst house is wedge-shaped and nearly comes to a point at the back. The side view shows the angled wall. It can’t be more than one room on the main floor but there is a basement.

-David from Astoria, New York

tiny new york house side view

20 Responses to “Tiny New York City House”

  1. Norrah says:

    Nice to imagine—seems to be an extension of the building next door, same window treatment, part of the same front fence–maybe a great studio–one I would covet, that’s for sure, imagining a skylight and a back yard to go with it.

  2. Thorough says:

    It looks more like a converted garage, than a typical tiny house construct.

  3. Mitch says:

    It must really suck to have to put all those bars on the windows.

  4. Carl Beigle says:

    Need to see the inside…to appreciate the “little house” concept.

  5. Carl Beigle says:

    Absent interior shots, takes away from the description

  6. Carl Beigle says:

    Absent interior shots, takes away from the description.

  7. I agree, not seeing what it looks like inside takes away from the ‘tiny house’ idea.

    One could use ones imagination on how it could look inside.

    Is the alley on the right where one would park ones ride? (car, motorcycle, scooter?).

    • Shea says:

      Probably not. It looks (from both pics) to be a part of the property next door – see how the fence stops at the little building and starts ANEW, and right up to the adjacent apartment building? If it WERE for the little building I’d think the fence would either stop (leaving the drive open), or encompass it.

  8. 2kids2cats says:

    What do you guys expect? The writer just pulls up on his bike and asks to take pictures of the interior of someone’s home to post on a random blog?? Would YOU give permission??

    • Josh says:

      The writer just pulls up on his bike and asks to take pictures of the interior of someone’s home to post on a random blog?? Would YOU give permission??

      I probably would, if the cyclist explained about the blog and I took a look at it to verify what it was.

      I think the point that some are trying to make is that, absent any more information, we don’t know that this is a tiny house. For all we know it’s a storage area that’s part of the larger building it’s attached to. No windows except those in the front? We can see the window AC units in the larger building, but nothing in this one. I do with we knew more.

      I would have liked to have had the address or GPS coordinates for this place to look it up in Google Maps. It would be cool to see it in the street view and get a little better context of what it, and the neighborhood, is like.

  9. Cute house. I love brick homes in this type of setting and rows of brownstones.

  10. Annice says:

    If this is a “tiny house” and not a part of the other structure, the owner should learn from those living on the Gulf Coast and keep an ax handy — looks like the only way out in a fire would be through the roof. Did the person who took the picture even TRY to talk to the owner? Maybe the owner would like to write about the house. A verbal description of the inside would be better than nothing.

    • Josh says:

      …looks like the only way out in a fire would be through the roof.

      Oh, that’s an excellent point. I think you’re absolutely right; if this were indeed a tiny house, and there were a fire near the front, there would be nowhere to go to escape. Even if you could chop through the roof with an ax, that’s where all the smoke is going to be accumulating!

  11. Adorable house! And yes, you would think it controls spending, and that having a small living space means you don’t turn into a purchase-and-pack rat. But in fact, so long as you have one tiny little room or closet, there’s always more space for buying things!

  12. May says:

    As a NYer, the architecture oftentimes provided for a carriage house. NYC is full of them. In the West Village, where I lived in the 60s, many carriage houses were converted.

    I lived in a brownstone on Barrow Street, a charming, narrow street with a real neighborhood feeling. Fourth floor walkup, front. Two rooms connected by a tiny galley kitchen and a weird little bathroom off that. It had a door in the bathroom and I was told that in the Depression, two families shared kitchen and bathroom.

    I was living tiny and I didn’t even know it.

  13. May says:

    Sorry, please correct that to “door in the bedroom”.

  14. Donna Terpening says:

    I have to agree that it is an extension of the big house, but it is a Mother in Law feature, put in the place perhaps where a parking place was. The fence covers the whole area…Nice place

  15. Rodeo Bill says:

    Barbershop, or shoe repair.

  16. MK says:

    I’ve been in a very similar place in D.C. NW that was a cobbler’s shop built next to the owner’s adjoining home.

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