For some people, a 250-square-foot room may seem like a barely tolerable jail cell. For ultra-hip Manhattan residents, it’s the size of what may become the hottest, cutest new apartments on the market.
On Tuesday, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the “My Micro NY” design was the winner of the adAPT NYC program, a six-month competition to find the most innovative design for tiny apartments that would be feasible living spaces under a proposed zoning change that would allow for a smaller minimum apartment size. The winner was chosen from a field of 33 submissions, the Mayor said.
The project was created as an attempt to find more housing space for the more than 1.6 million residents who live on the highly desirable 23-square-miles of real estate in the island of Manhattan.
According to the Mayor’s office, 22 of these micro-units will be set aside for low- to middle-income residents with lower-than-market rental rates — perhaps as low as $940 per month — which will be made available to applicants via a lottery system. The rest will be available at regular market prices.