Sproule said living small has personal benefits.
‘‘It helps us focus on one another,’’ he said. Without a lot of maintenance, ‘‘it’s amazing how much free time we have to be with one another. It also allows us to explore New York more.’’
Neuman would not say how much he pays for his tiny studio, other than it is less than market value for his neighborhood.
After five years of living there, claustrophobia has been replaced by a much different fear.
‘‘Maybe every two years I have some version of an anxiety dream where my apartment is enormous,’’ Neuman said. ‘‘It completely terrifies me.’’