NEW YORK (Reuters) - Could apartments in New York City get any smaller? Mayor Michael Bloomberg hopes so.
On Monday he announced a competition for architects to submit designs for apartments measuring just 275 to 300 square feet (25.5 to 28 square meters) to address the shortage of homes suitable and affordable for the city’s growing population of one- and two-person households.
Officials say there are about 1.8 million one- and two-person households in New York City, but only about a million studio and one-bedroom apartments - a sign, they say, that the city’s housing stock has not kept up with its changing demographics.
Young, single New Yorkers in particular can find it hard to find an affordable apartment as demand outstrips supply.
The mayor is calling for proposals over the next two months for a building containing about 80 micro-units, all of which must have kitchens and bathrooms.
These are some of my favorites already in existence in NY and elsewhere.
The idea of a tiny little apartment is already enough to turn a lot of people off the idea of living in the city, so Bloomberg’s new plan for micro-apartments is almost insane. But. Tokyo has been doing this forever and the two cutest apartments I’ve ever seen belonged to random dudes I met in Japan. Plus, rent is dumb expensive here and I would totally be first in line for a cute little micro-apartment. No dirty ass roommates? No spending my whole paycheck on rent? Yes please. Lemme get on that list.