There's a trend of sorts towards tiny houses - houses, in fact, that are just about the same size as the "micro-units'. It's a matter of simplifying, downsizing, editing, multi-function, etc. I live in a four-bedroom house - by myself - and I've filled it top to bottom. But I remember being very happy when I did rental sharing years ago and had my small third-floor bedroom fitted with everything I needed that made me happy - which at that time was a bed, a desk, tv, stereo and lots of books. It's a lifestyle choice - and it sounds like a great opportunity to have a place in NYC!