Micro Apartments finally go on sale in New York City in Carmel Place on Monday, November 23, 2015 after a zoning law was waived for this project. Apartments in New York City cannot be smaller than 400 square feet, which is about half the size of an average studio apartment in Manhattan.
The building has 55 studios that range from 260 to 260 square feet. Twelve of them will go on market. Fourteen units that were designated as affordable are being assigned by lottery and eight will be given to (formerly) homeless veterans.
The micro apartments include a kitchenette with a two burner stove, a mini-fridge, and a microwave, a pullout bed, sofa, tables, and cabinets. But if someone feels claustrophobic, there are also communal areas such as a gym, two lounges, and an outdoor courtyard.
Forty percent of households are not families, but only seven percent of housing is studios. A current proposal is going through local government to relax density requirements and remove the 400 square foot minimum.
But currently all micro dwellings are illegal. This is the first foray in to testing this and is something akin to a social experiment. For now Carmel Place will remain something of an oddity among the patchwork of diverse styled buildings in The Five Boroughs.