Comedian claims he has the smallest apartment in New York

Size matters – in this battle of the Big Apple’s smallest tablets.

A comedian living in West Harlem says his small space beats an apartment that went viral on TikTok for being the “smallest” in town.

“When I bring guests, we pretty much hang out in the backyard,” Ron Ervin said. “We go inside for a minute to look at my little apartment, say, ‘Oh, that’s funny,’ and then we go back outside.”

Ervin made a very brief visit to The Post on Saturday to take aim at AJ Webber, an aspiring model and actor who claimed in December on TikTok that his East Village apartment was the least spacious in town.

Ervin disagrees.

“This guy has a queen size mattress in his apartment,” he said in his own TikTok video. “If I brought a queen-size mattress into my New York apartment, it would crush me to death.”

The 6-foot-2 Ervin, a Cincinnati native, said he moved to New York from Chicago last February and found his apartment on Craigslist for $950 a month.

Although his apartment is 100 square feet — the same as Webber’s — he argued his space was tighter.

Ervin, a stand-up comedian from Cincinnati, responded to TikToker AJ Webber, who claimed to have the smallest apartment in New York.
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Webber
AJ Webber toured his tiny apartment on TikTok last month.
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Ron Ervin
“If I brought a queen-size mattress into my New York apartment, it would crush me to death,” Ervin said.
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For example, Webber has a closet and minimal storage space, Ervin just uses a rolling rack to store his shirts and pants.

“You have a real closet to put your clothes in. Okay, Bill Gates,” Ervin told Webber. “Let’s sit in your BMW and talk about it sometime.”

Webber revealed during his home visit last month that when he opens the door to his $1,200-a-month apartment, he is greeted by a bathroom sink to his left and no toilet or shower in sight.

Ron Ervin
Ervin said he found his apartment on Craigslist for $950 a month.
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Similar to Webber’s apartment, Ervin shares a toilet in the shower in the hallway of the building with his neighbors.

Both men’s apartments present challenges for meal preparation. Webber has a microwave above a refrigerator, and neither has a stove.

“I have a small counter next to the sink that I placed a $10 griddle on and a George Foreman grill I found in the hallway,” Ervin noted.

Ron Ervin
Ervin doesn’t have a stove in his apartment, but he’s found creative ways to cook meals.
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Ron Ervin
Ervin says the small space works for him.
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Having less space has its benefits – fewer things to clean.

“To be completely honest, it works for me,” Ervin said.

“It gives me a place to lay my head, make food, and be on the computer,” he said.

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