Skip to comments.Mayor Bloomberg Proposes 300-Square-Foot 'Micro' Apartments For New York City Singles
Posted on 07/12/2012 11:31:02 AM PDT by goldstategop
Bloomberg is currently accepting proposals for the apartments, which will be located on E 27th Street and First Avenue in Kips Bay. The apartments would help young professionals find appropriate housing in the city while they start their careers.
The craziest thing about these 300-square-foot apartments (which are about the size of half a subway car) is that they will cost around $2,000 a month to rent.
Under current zoning laws, all apartments must be at least 400 square feet, but Bloomberg said he plans to change the zoning laws to make the new micro-units legal.
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ApartmentCare from liberals! Think about the irony of this proposal for "micro apartment" in New York City while Hiz Honnah lives in a palatial mansion four times their size! If this isn't Marxism, its hard to imagine what it would be.
Central planning by city bureaucrats at its finest.
And no popcorn or Big Gulps allowed in their little cages.
Now we know why he wanted to downsize fountain drinks. The apartments aren’t big enough for anything above a 16 ouncer.
Yup. Liberals banned smoking.
Then they banned large size soft drinks.
Now they want to ban the family home - seriously!
Look at where the tyranny of good intentions is leading - to the extirpation of American freedoms and the end of the American Dream.
Does he propose limits on animal or tree growth or does he just want humans in cages?
Mayor Bloombutt should lead the way by living in one for a few years...setting an example doncha know.
Just build one. Put Bloomy in it and nail the f’ing door shut!
Mayor Meathead did not say anything about “forcing” anyone into anything.
And there probably would be a demand for such housing.
Pads just for screwing.
Overnight stays by rich owners.
Places to store dope.
I lived in a studio apt in Chicago as a young man. Took the Murphy bed off the wall and had it on the living room floor. Probably not much bigger than 300 sq ft. Did have a galley kitchen though.
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) San Franciscos smallest apartments could soon get even smaller. In a proposal before the Board of Supervisors, a developers group is proposing the city change its building code to make the smallest living space in an efficiency apartment 150 square feet, down from the current 220 square feet.
Near Whitey Ford field? Not the best area but i guess if you want cheap.
I've always thought most city dwellers were trapped, but THIS is rediculous
How do you spell Agenda 21?
*shrug* I’ve got 5 people in my 1000 sqft house
“Get ‘Em Out By Friday!”
Perhaps Occupy movement should claim the 300 sq ft micro-apartment is a human right. Then get UN involved......
Hey Bloomingidiot-—put your money where YOUR mouth is. Invest in this yourself—and show us how lucrative it is-—
You won’t, will you...because you know it’s BS.
Put everyone on top of each other to save Mother Earth.
I remember an article from the boston glove which said these singles apparments were for the alternative lifestyle set since they had no children and were only interested in random sex hookups.
Seems to be about the size of a Microtel “suite”. Stayed in one of those in Carolina for about $60/night with tax. Same rate as the NY apts.
Gracie Mansion at 15000 sq ft is 50 times this size...
Not 4 times
Mayor DuumBerg strikes again.
If Bloomberg is so darn interested in something that is micro he only needs to drop his pants and look between his legs...
My first apartment was an “efficiency” that was probably not a helluva lot larger than that.
It was in Ohio, and my rent was about 1/8 of what this article quotes. Since I was working all the time and just used it to sleep did not really bother me.
41 times, which means his apartment is over 12,000 feet.
without a family home, you can’t have families.
with the state outlawing the words “mother” and “father” there are no parents.
with children the property of the state, it is all part of the collective.
I don’t mind studio apartment life - I just don’t like billionaires telling us we have to live in them and THEY can live in their palatial mansions.
There are lot of Soviet apartment blocks like that - all the same with no real privacy.
On the other hand after living in such conditions for a few years the inhabitants would have really bad cases of agoraphobia and be unable to live a rural lifestyle.
The Democrat dream would be achieved. The peasantry would live in tight easily controlled quarters and the gentry would have all of the fresh air they could desire.
If you have ever watched the movie ‘The Fifth Element’ you will get an idea of the lifestyle.
To be fair, its for singles. But there was a time in America, entire generations of families were born and raised in “shoebox” apartments and no one complained. We’ve gotten spoiled.
Yes, I believe you are correct in many ways. I remember a chart that showed the average size of an American house over the last couple of hundred years. The sizes go up and down according to the levels of national prosperity.
And I’ve personally lived in such tight quarters before. It was semi-voluntary as it was what I could afford at the time. And to be fair, in New York City such apartments would primarily be used only to sleep in as the inhabitants would spend most of their time out in the city either working, recreating, etc.
I personally don’t want to live that way again though. And to those who do... More power to you I guess.
NY City is ground zero for PC group think. I know many young people who have moved there after our university days, and 20 years later, their experiences, values and outlook on life are all incredibly similar. Bloomberg knows his town needs new drones and inductees to serve the machine. Does a 300 foot box really sound that attractive though while attending indoctrination camp?
Bloomberg wants slave quarters.
Slaves don’t need space because slaves don’t own property.
restricting property rights by restricting storage capacity.
now you will have to rent space to hav fun.
Under current zoning laws, all apartments must be at least 400 square feet
The issue isn't about forcing people into 300 sq ft domiciles. The issue is that it's illegal to build or live in one if you want to. Free country, remember? or are some here too young/senile to remember?
Kudos (rare) to Bloomberg for relaxing the limit. Better if he eliminated it.
My wife’s walkin closet is 120 sq ft alone.
My motor home is 7’ x 20’, and the front 3’ feet are taken up by the driving compartment. These don’t seem very different than motor homes.
None were super fancy or in exclusive areas; all were modest and in nice areas, generally close to schools. We had the freedom to choose and the market had the variety to meet our needs throughout the family's evolution.
I have no problem with micro-apartments being allowed. I have a problem with them being mandated.
Overnight stays by rich owners.
Places to store dope.
I lived in a studio apt in Chicago as a young man.
So, was it a F**k pad, a dope hole or were you a rich kid with a pied a terre?
My bet is you were just getting started, didn't want to stay home and weren't making enough yet to get something bigger.....you know....like the NYers who would rent these places.
You guys realize the house you could get for that much down here in Ga? Veritable mansion.
The landlords should love this idea, a few 2x4’s and dry wall and rents will double and triple.
Why not just call them what they are - Citizen Cells.
Bloomberg’s Citizen Cells.
Sure I really be Mike needs all that space HE lives in just because he’s married. You want to talk about being detached from the average person, I give you Bloomberg the Idiot.
These Hamster Hotels generally work fine in Japan because in Japan, they are used to being quiet and respectful of others.
You want to try this in NYC and see how well they work?
I am a landlord (among other things). I own a number of 420 sf studio apts in good neighborhoods in Queens. I get $1200/mo for each. I could get up to $1600/mo but my tenants are there long term and pay on time so I keep them cheap.
You have to understand that this is Manhattan. The lifestyle is completely different than any place else in America. Apartments are for sleeping and cleaning up. The rest of life is lived outside of the home, in the city. If I could ever talk my wife into it, I would love to live there.
You people are something. Everything’s a conspiracy by Bloomberg. Well, that was true in every prior case, actually. But not here. In this case, it’s simple supply and demand and free market. New York City is not fly-over country. People there will live out there lives having sex and being single (at least according the TV show). So they don’t need big places - so why artificially limit small places.
This is ACTUALLY the first time I’ve seen Bloomberg do anything that resembles free-market thinking (i.e., let builders build what people want), so give him a break.