As part of their "Good Questions" series, a New York parent-to-be asked Apartment Therapy's readers: Can you survive living with a kid in a 400-sf East Village apartment?
A lot of comments are all Therapy and no Apartment, and there's a bunch of Sally Struthers fans, who point out that most of the world's children live in cardboard boxes. Blake straightens them out:
To tell people living in Manhattan "many people around the world live in worse conditions" is completely besides the point. People living in Manhattan are priveliged to a certain degree, and they make choices about space and economics that would be absurd anywhere else in the world...There's some other good advice about paring down on the gear, co-sleeping, the usable lifespan of a Pack-n-Play...
After my daughter was born two years ago we moved from a large one-room loft in Chinatown to an entire Brownstone in Harlem. Best choice I ever made. Sure I have to get on the subway to go to the movies, but if we were still in one room I would have gone insane. And I never get to go to the movies anymore anyway!
Remember, though, it's the East Village, so actual small space-dwelling parents with useful tips should hurry up and visit now; the place'll be crawling with trustafarians and McMansion-dwelling ex-frat boy daytrippers in no time.
Good Questions: How Small An Apartment Can You Have a Baby In? [apartmenttherapy]