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Articles about "Microunits"

  • Smaller Apartments are Big on Style By Debbie Fleury | September 23, 2015

    New York City is developing more smaller apartment units. Here's how some tenants are choosing to live small, with style.

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  • A Closer Inspection of Micro-Units By Ilana Yoneshige | February 23, 2015

    The pros and cons of micro-units: are they worth it?

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  • The Next Big Thing: Micro-Units By Peter Black | October 08, 2013

    New York City’s already tiny apartments are getting even smaller. In July 2012, Mayor Bloomberg—in his infinite wisdom—proposed that the city begin developing micro-apartments. Bloomberg argued that micro-units would maximize building space, easing the strain on families faced with increasingly ludicrous rents. 

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  • Living Small, Thinking Big: NYC Apartment Living By Nikki Hess | August 19, 2013

    When you live in New York, you grow accustomed to living in apartments that have the same square footage as your childhood closet. For the less kitchen-savvy, ovens become storage spaces (à la Carrie Bradshaw), The Container Store becomes your new Saturday afternoon hangout spot, and you often find yourself wondering why you've yet again neglected to clean the tornado aftermath that is your bedroom. While some people simply opt to organize their spaces in order to create the effect of a cleaner, larger room, other New Yorkers have taken a more extreme route. Although you may already be familiar with Mayor Bloomberg's push for micro-apartments in Kips Bay, you might be surprised to learn just how creative New Yorkers will get in order to shield themselves from the oppressive financial burdens that are intrinsically linked to Manhattan real estate.

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  • NYC’s New Micro-Apartments: Just How Livable Are They? By Aby Thomas | January 23, 2013

    There have been plenty of debates about the feasibility of living in a micro-apartment in New York ever since the city launched its adAPT NYC competition in July last year, where it invited architects to submit design proposals for apartments that range in size from 250 to 370 square feet. On Tuesday, a team comprised of Monadnock Development LLC, Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation and nARCHITECTS was declared as the winner of the competition, with the city choosing their designs to be implemented for the 55 units of Manhattan’s first modular, multi-unit micro-apartment rental building.

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  • Rufus Wainwright’s Cozy Gramercy Studio By Liam Delaney | November 19, 2012

    Rufus Wainwright’s Gramercy studio is small. Only about 450 square feet at most. But he has managed to make it extremely homely. A Finnish rug on the floor depicts two whales circling each other. Mr. Wainwright and his husband, Jörn Weisbrodt who works as the artistic director for the Luminato Festival in Toronto, bought the rug at a furniture store in Amagansett right around the time they got married in August. Part of what they love about it is that it’s “kind of how we feel in this apartment: two whales in an aquarium.” The curtains are drawn on the two oversize windows despite the sunny day; they overlook nothing more than two brick walls.

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  • Large Families Left Hanging in Microunit Boom By Liam Delaney | October 24, 2012

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg is pushing for miniscule apartments called microunits. With his announcement that the city was planning to build new super-small apartments he is moving forward in his goal to build or preserve 165,000 homes for poor and moderate income families across New York by 2014. But housing advocates and community leaders are worried that low-income residents with large families could well be left in the lurch.

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  • "Micro-"Hattan: Bloomberg Revamps Real Estate Market By Brittany Tenpenny | September 20, 2012

    When it comes to Manhattan real estate, bigger is not necessarily better. Mayor Bloomberg recently proposed a plan to build rental micro-apartments in the Kips Bay area as a part of  his adAPT NYC initiative. Merely two months later, 33 developers have stepped up to the plate with plans.

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