When Dario Luciano first opened this door, he said the feeling was amazing.
"It felt phenomenal," Luciano said.
Phenomenal because until earlier this year, Luciano was living in a Bronx shelter for veterans.
Now home is Carmel Place, the city's first micro-apartment house, which officially opened last week.
The apartments range from 260 to 360 square feet. Some come with furniture, like pull-down beds, to conserve space.
These teeny tiny apartments are barely half the size of an average Manhattan studio.
But for Luciano, who is single, it's just the right size.
"It's perfect for one person," he said. "It's completely perfect. I mean, I know where everything is and know that nothing is out of place, and I can walk around freely.
Carrmel Place is on — appropriately— a tiny side street in the East 20s.
There are 55 micro apartments. Thirty-two are market rate renting for the not-so-small price of $2,500 to $3,200 per month.
The rest are set aside for low- and middle-income New Yorkers and for formerly homeless veterans, like Luciano, who pays $537 a month.