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New York City to introduce 300 square foot micro apartments
UK Daily Mail ^ | July 10, 2012 | Snejana Farberov

Posted on 07/10/2012 6:19:17 AM PDT by C19fan

New York City’s diminutive apartments have long been the butt of many a housing joke, but now developers are poised to take the concept of downsizing to a new low. City planners believe that tiny studio units measuring 300 square feet – or six times the size of a standard jail cell at Rikers Island - could be the answer to a growing population of singles and two-person households. Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday invited developers to come up with ways to fill 335 East 27 Street with what officials are calling ‘micro-units.’

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: apartments; manhattan
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Looks like Bloomberg finally has a sensible idea. If I was young and single and had an opportunity to work and live in Manhattan I would take one of these apartments in a New York minute. All one needs is a place to sleep because you are either at work or out on the town.
1 posted on 07/10/2012 6:19:20 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan

whenever governmetn tried to ‘fix’ housing and make it more affordable, the peopoe usually end up paying more for less...


2 posted on 07/10/2012 6:21:43 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: C19fan
A cardboard box is cheaper yet.

Nothing like cornered 'rats.

3 posted on 07/10/2012 6:23:06 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: C19fan

if it is so sensible, why is the government funding it? If there was a need, if the government got rid of regulations and allowed developers to do it, it would flourish, if it was supposed to.


4 posted on 07/10/2012 6:25:22 AM PDT by Chickensoup (STOP The Great O-ppression)
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To: camle

This is step to loosening the horrible grip NYC has on housing. If there was a free market there would be I bet hundred of thousands of these type of units already available.


5 posted on 07/10/2012 6:26:14 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: camle

This is step to loosening the horrible grip NYC has on housing. If there was a free market there would be I bet hundred of thousands of these type of units already available.


6 posted on 07/10/2012 6:26:29 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan

The Japanese are way ahead of New York on this one:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capsule_hotel


7 posted on 07/10/2012 6:26:40 AM PDT by Stosh
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To: C19fan

Can I get more “boom” out my subwoofer in one of these?


8 posted on 07/10/2012 6:26:49 AM PDT by this_ol_patriot
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To: C19fan

Slave Quarters.


9 posted on 07/10/2012 6:26:59 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: C19fan

You can do a lot with a tiny floor plan. I’m fond of http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/


10 posted on 07/10/2012 6:31:11 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: C19fan

I’ve got overalls that big.


11 posted on 07/10/2012 6:31:54 AM PDT by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: C19fan

If they would scrap ‘rent control laws’ they would have more housing........................


12 posted on 07/10/2012 6:32:35 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: C19fan
In super-expensive Hong Kong, they have "cage apartments." they will have 20 or so "cages" to a room and you sleep in a cage (used to lock up your possessions when you are not there)


13 posted on 07/10/2012 6:32:57 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: C19fan

This is not a bad idea. When I was young and working in New York, all I needed was a bed, bathroom and very small kitchen area. I was rarely in the apartment. Of course, they’ll find a way to charge a fortune for these too.


14 posted on 07/10/2012 6:33:42 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: C19fan

(a passage of time)

18/9/2012 T.V. Flash on all Dial-A-Program Services

This is an announcement from Genetic Control:
“It is my sad duty to inform you of a four foot restriction on
humanoid height.”

[Extract from coversation of Joe Ordinary in Local Puborama]

“I hear the directors of Genetic Control have been buying all the
properties that have recently been sold, taking risks oh so bold.
It’s said now that people will be shorter in height,
they can fit twice as many in the same building site.
(they say it’s alright),


15 posted on 07/10/2012 6:33:58 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: C19fan

Our 33 foot Travel Trailer is about 300 sq.ft. My wife and I and two dogs and two cats get along just fine for 3 months of the year when we travel. Our regular home is 2100 sq.ft. and it is fine too.


16 posted on 07/10/2012 6:34:37 AM PDT by TNoldman (AN AMERICAN FOR A MUSLIM/BHO FREE AMERICA.)
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To: C19fan

If all you need is a bed, a bathroom, a kitchenette and a place to eat/work, then 300 sq. ft. is fine. For reference, I visualized it as the same size of a hotel unit I was in for a vacation, and came out about perfect, as that was 314 sq. ft. once I looked it up. While it was crowded, that contained two double beds, a small table, and a full-sized bathroom. Swap in a queen for the two double beds (get even more space by going for a pullman-style bed option or perhaps a futon/sofa bed) and shoehorn in a kitchenette, and it would be livable, though not luxurious by any means. Plenty enough for 1 or 2 people who don’t plan on entertaining or hang around the house a lot.

The problem with the free market comments above is that NYC doesn’t have a free market for housing.


17 posted on 07/10/2012 6:37:16 AM PDT by kevkrom (Those in a rush to trample the Constitution seem to forget that it is the source of their authority.)
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If I was young and single and had an opportunity to work and live in Manhattan I would take one of these apartments in a New York minute.

Yeah, you could prolly get into one for less than $2,000 per month.

18 posted on 07/10/2012 6:38:19 AM PDT by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: C19fan

My workshop has more sg ft, but hey... if ya gotta life in NYC...


19 posted on 07/10/2012 6:39:22 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: camle
whenever governments tried to ‘fix’ housing and make it more affordable, the people usually end up paying more for less...

This reminds me of the apartments the Soviets built for their people in Moscow and other cities. Living hell holes, no privacy, community lavatories and kitchens and falling apart construction due to shoddy workmanship and NO maintenance. WTG there Big Apple. That's Progress with a capital "P".

20 posted on 07/10/2012 6:41:20 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: C19fan

The Soviets promised every citizen nine square meters of living space in 1918.

When the wall came down they had still failed to deliver on that.


21 posted on 07/10/2012 6:44:12 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: C19fan

That’s a 20 x 15 room. The bath needs to be at least 6 x 5 leaving you with 270 sf. Then a closet would take 3 x 2, leaving you with 264sf. So now you’re surrounded by Marxists, paying the highest rate of taxes in the country, in one of the most vulnerable to terror attacks cities in the country and your
“escape” every evening after a 10 hour day at work is to a 264sf government subsidized sh**hole. Sounds awesome!


22 posted on 07/10/2012 6:44:24 AM PDT by albie
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To: C19fan

A standard two-car garage is 400 sf. It’s not that small.


23 posted on 07/10/2012 6:44:34 AM PDT by Smokeyblue
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To: C19fan

pods instead of pads


24 posted on 07/10/2012 6:44:39 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: C19fan

Almost all of mankind’s problems can be traced to living too close together.


25 posted on 07/10/2012 6:45:25 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes (What if there is no tomorrow? There wasn't one today.)
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To: Stosh

you beat me to it


26 posted on 07/10/2012 6:46:04 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: P.O.E.

Genesis - Get ‘Em Out By Friday
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kp-TwWnn0dk


27 posted on 07/10/2012 6:46:14 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: P.O.E.
Get 'Em Out By Friday
28 posted on 07/10/2012 6:47:50 AM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: C19fan

maybe an apartment as big as a big gulp...eh Bloomie?


29 posted on 07/10/2012 6:48:21 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: dfwgator

GMTA


30 posted on 07/10/2012 6:49:13 AM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: TNoldman
Our 33 foot Travel Trailer is about 300 sq.ft. My wife and I and two dogs and two cats get along just fine for 3 months of the year when we travel.

There are a lot of small families living in campers/travel trailers/motorhomes in western ND, who came here to work in in the oil patch or spin-off jobs in spite of a housing shortage. Not easy for a family with a couple of rambunctious kids, especially in winter, but they are doing what they need to do.

31 posted on 07/10/2012 6:54:45 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
The Soviets promised every citizen nine square meters of living space in 1918.


32 posted on 07/10/2012 6:55:10 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: C19fan

I’m reminded of “The Physiology of New York Boarding Houses” which is one very funny book and is a good reflection on how the NYC housing problem was tackled in the mid 19th century.


33 posted on 07/10/2012 6:55:41 AM PDT by BillyBonebrake
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To: Disambiguator; dfwgator

GMTA.

Have always wanted to check these guys out in concert - I keep missing them for some reason or other.

http://themusicalbox.net/


34 posted on 07/10/2012 6:59:34 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: C19fan

Micro apts? stupid idea. I wonder what the rent would be.
For single rooms, there are hotels like the Chelsea Hotel. Then there’s the YMCA.

Bloomberg, How about getting rid of “rent control”. Those people pay about $300 a month for a six room apartment. The “Rent Stabilized” people pay high rents to compensate for those low rents.

How about taking care of those vacant buildings owned by NYC.


35 posted on 07/10/2012 7:02:01 AM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: P.O.E.

I missed out when they came here last year with “The Lamb”.


36 posted on 07/10/2012 7:02:33 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: C19fan

15’x20’ or 10’x30’. Seems okay to me for a single or even a couple. I have an RV I travel in, so I am used to living in a small space. 300 sq ft is bigger than many RV’s.


37 posted on 07/10/2012 7:05:43 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: Don Corleone

the whole thing is to get you into a place that you know you’ll be leaving soon...and the more tiems the better....and for whom?
if you buy one house and live in it all your life, you pay your instection fees, closing costs, points, etc.. one time. but if you keep moving into new joints, you pay those fees, costs and expsnses over and over again. and that money is gone forever, you don’t recoup that.
so if you can be conned into accepting less, then they get to take their bites out of you every time you upgrade...

it’s a racket,and to who does the realtor’s groups give most fo their political contributions?


38 posted on 07/10/2012 7:10:05 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: C19fan

More Libinsane “progress”, along with toxic light bulbs, disease spreading re-usable shopping bags, sky rocketing energy costs, higher taxes, more gun control, bird killing wind generators, bankrupt solar panel companies and my personal favorite, the “no water using”, stinky male urinals being rolled out in all gubmint and other public restrooms. I just love standing there smelling the last hundred patrons’ collective urine odors.

Yup, let’s hear it for societal progress and enlightenment thx to your neighborhood Libtard.


39 posted on 07/10/2012 7:10:51 AM PDT by CanuckYank
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To: C19fan

Now we know the real reason for limiting soft drinks to 16oz...it’s not only fewer calories but space saving too.


40 posted on 07/10/2012 7:13:25 AM PDT by A_Tradition_Continues (formerly known as Politicalwit ...05/28/98 Class of '98)
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What will be the rent? Two thousand,,,three thousand a month?


41 posted on 07/10/2012 7:19:22 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

Young people can live anywhere. And if they love NY, they’ll certainly like these little apartments. I have a small apartment in “Curry Hill” in Manhattan. It looks like a doll’s house with a miniature fridge and stove. So cute.


42 posted on 07/10/2012 7:25:57 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: C19fan
And the miniscule living quarters don’t come cheap: most renters are currently facing average market-rate rents of $2,000 per month for a studio and $2,700 per month for a one-bedroom.

Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Mathew Wambua said he expected the micro-units would rent for significantly less.

Only if you are Charlie Rangel. lol

43 posted on 07/10/2012 7:27:13 AM PDT by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: CanuckYank

I agree with you. This idea sucks and is just another stepping stone towards a THX1138/Logan’s Run/Clockwork Orange dystopian society.

(Dystopia is defined as a society characterized by poverty, squalor, or oppression)


44 posted on 07/10/2012 7:35:34 AM PDT by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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To: miss marmelstein

Question is...do you have your own bathroom? These won’t. Guaranteed!


45 posted on 07/10/2012 7:38:29 AM PDT by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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To: C19fan

Where would I put my “stuff”?


46 posted on 07/10/2012 7:41:51 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: C19fan

As an isolated unit here and there, a micro apartment is fine. It meets a market demand.

But to have an entire building of micro apartments is a disaster.

It wouldn’t take much for a building of micro apartments to become a brothel, a drug den, a place for single moms with multiple irresponsible children, etc.


47 posted on 07/10/2012 7:46:30 AM PDT by kidd
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To: Smokin' Joe
Smokin Joe, it's been a long time, no see and missing you. I'm every intrested that you're doing fine and how goes things with the Bakken? I had a bit of a setback on a health issue three weeks ago, but some things are returning.
Joe, I always found you to be the knowledgeable mentors in the oil patch, I hope God is taking care of you. Recondad.
48 posted on 07/10/2012 7:47:11 AM PDT by Recon Dad (Gas & Petroleum Junkie)
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To: miss marmelstein

You call that living? You’ve lived in inner-city squallor for so long that you think it is normal.


49 posted on 07/10/2012 7:50:18 AM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: C19fan
They could go this route.


50 posted on 07/10/2012 7:51:03 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (It's time to take out the trash in DC.)
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