Fun With Urban Planning: NYC Apartments About to Become Smaller Than Ever Before
Mayor Bloomberg is looking out for the little guy, and by little guy we mean the type of person who will live in what is being termed a “micro-apartment.” The mayor announced a design competition this morning to develop a new housing model for the City’s growing small-household population. The adAPT NYC competition involves a Request for Proposals for a rental building composed primarily, or completely, of micro-units – apartments smaller than what is allowed under current regulations. A pilot design meant to accomodate single-person households will be built at 335 East 27th Street in Kips Bay, where 75% of the apartments will be micro-units averaging 275-300 square feet. After the design competition, we’ll let brokers and marketers start working on a more appealing euphemism for micro-apartments, because that sounds like it would be pretty heartbreaking for someone about to plunk down a non-micro pile of cash on first and last months’ rents, along with a security deposit and broker’s fee.
· Mayor Bloomberg Announces New Competition to Develop Innovative Apartment Model for Small Households [nyc.gov]