Mike ‘Antoinette’ Bloomberg Thinks Small: ‘My Micro NY’ Tiny Apartment Design Winner Is A 250-375 Sq. Ft. Pre-Fab

The idea of living in a studio apartment even  smaller than the current zoned minimum of 400 square feet is intrinsically depressing even to space-challenged, rent-weary New Yorkers. Maybe that’s  why only 33 folks entered Bloomberg’s design competition.

The winning unit, called “My Micro NY,” features 9-foot ceilings,  mini outdoor decks.and will  be built at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and then transported to Manhattan. Yes kiddies, it’s pre-fab pads for the rest of us who don’t have a million or so to buy a one bedroom.  I suspect that real estate developers and landlords are secretly river dancing at zoning changes related to all this  marie167 stock-photo-court-ball-in-costumes-of-marie-antoniette-counts-of-provence-and-count-of-artois-created-86151673that allow New York apartments to legally get even smaller and be built more cheaply  as pre-fab pod buildings. Mike Antoinette and his  zoning honcho partner Amanda Burden strike again.

The NY Times Reports:

“The apartment of New York City’s future, as the city imagines it, has all the amenities of modern life: wheelchair-accessible bathroom, a full kitchen, space for entertaining and access to a gym, communal lounge, front and back porches and a rooftop garden — all in 250 to 370 square feet.

The city on Tuesday unveiled the winner of a competition to design and build an apartment tower on city-owned land composed entirely of micro-units, 55 homes the size of hotel rooms that Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg hopes will be the first in a wave of tiny apartments aimed at addressing the city’s shortage of studio and one-bedroom apartments.

Small as it might be, the winning design was chosen for the way that it maximized light, airiness and storage space through the use of 9-foot-high ceilings, large windows, lofts8404837889_39f534fab4_z and Juliet balconies.

“We have a shortfall now of 800,000, and it’s only going to get worse,” Mr. Bloomberg said during the news conference announcing the winning team, a partnership between Monadnock Development, Brooklyn-based ARCHITECTS and a nonprofit that serves creative arts professionals, the Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation. “This is going to be a big problem for cities with young people.”

In another futuristic twist, the 10-story tower at 335 East 27th Street in the Kips Bay neighborhood will rise thanks to modular construction, becoming the city’s first apartment building to do so: units will be prefabricated, then stacked on top of one another like Legos.” – NY Times

8405929666_396a27c748_z 8405926152_49d4256fed_z 8405925508_970c9dabb8_zThe project will also be the first modular development in Manhattan, following on the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn, which suggests that prefabricated construction may indeed take hold as a new model for housing development in the city, at least on the low end. Some 40 percent of the units will be set aside for low- and middle-income tenants, with prices ranging from $940 per month to $1,800 per month.

“We’ve chosen Manhattan because more than three-quarters of its homes are one or two person households,” Mayor Bloomberg said. “We already have the population seeking housing for a small number of people, we just don’t have the apartments to house them.”–NY Observer


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