New Yorkers have long been making the most of tiny spaces — well before Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s initiative to pilot a housing project of apartments between 250 and 370 square feet.

A series on the YouTube channel SPACEStv honed in on four such residents who showed off their small but functional and eclectic digs.

  • Suzi West: West lives in a 200-square-foot apartment in Brooklyn. What she doesn’t have inside, she makes up for outside — her backyard is larger than her one-room flat.
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Check out the space-saving efficiencies she’s employed to help her live comfortably in her space:

  • Michelle James: Living in L.A., James had 1,500 square feet. Now in NYC’s West Village, she only has 311 square feet to her name.  But it’s an amount of space she feels she can actually keep up with. 
Tour Four New York City Apartments Under 350 Square Feet

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See how James turns things like a fancy dress and her shoes into home decor:

  • Michelle Konar: Konar not only lives in her 300-square-foot apartment, she runs her own Etsy shop out of it. She also has an outdoor space –rare for a studio in the city. 
Tour Four New York City Apartments Under 350 Square Feet

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Watch how she makes her business and lifestyle work within the space:

  • J Michael Moore: Moore might have an advantage for small spaces given that he’s an interior designer. He makes the most of his 225-square-foot apartment’s high ceilings with a custom-built sleeping loft (above his kitchen) and by keeping everything movable. Moore purposely kept patterns out of his space, focusing on block colors instead. 
Tour Four New York City Apartments Under 350 Square Feet

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Check out the fiery orange-red he pained his apartment:

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