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Mayor Bloomberg launches contest to develop NYC apartments roughly the size of Altoids boxes

By Doug Powers  •  July 10, 2012 10:05 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

Bloomberg’s thinking here is obvious: People will be far less likely to buy a Big Gulp if they know the cup won’t fit in their apartment:

And you thought your apartment was small.

Mayor Bloomberg launched a contest Monday to stir development of teeny-tiny apartments — called micro units — for young singles willing to cram themselves into shoebox-sized digs.

The new closetlike flats will be just 275 to 300 square feet — larger than a jail cell but smaller than a mobile home — and will have special permission to ignore city rules requiring newly built apartments to exceed 400 square feet.

“The city’s demographics have changed,” Bloomberg said. “It used to be the average household was a family, a couple of adults and some children.”

That meant that the city was filled with larger dwellings, leaving just 1 million studios and one bedrooms — not nearly enough for the 1.8 million one-and two-person households.

At a news conference Monday, the mayor announced a contest seeking a developer for about 80 micro units at a city-owned parking lot on E. 27th St. in Kips Bay.

No word yet on when Sardine Estates (featuring hot and cold running nannies) will be available for people to rent.

The NY Daily News features a comparison between one of the mayor’s places and a proposed unit in Bloomberg’s Claustrophobia Meadows:


Bloomberg owns 11 homes, and from all appearances I’m guessing none of them have even a bathroom that’s less than 275 square feet.

**Written by Doug Powers

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