the following comes straight from an article in today’s ny post. the pink commentary is mine.
Mayor Bloomberg yesterday unveiled a “microunit” apartment that would make even hardened NewYorkers claustrophobic. ok, i live in a room. 1 room. with my dog. ivan & i live in a studio apartment. my room is 600 square feet and it feels pretty small most of the time but you should know, my last “1 bedroom” was even smaller – measuring in at almost 400 square feet. i know what small is.
Tiny homes like it — between 275 and 300 square feet, the size of some ATM vestibules in Times Square—will be built in Kips Bay. r u kidding me?
They are part of a pilot program to find housing for people who live alone or with only a partner. with a partner? really?
The spaces are small, but the prices aren’t. They’ll likely rent for less than the market rate, which is $2,000 per month, officials said. that’s $2,000.00 – a month.
“We want people to come here — to start out, start their careers here, start their families here — and if you don’t have the kind of housing that they need, they can’t do that,” Bloomberg said yesterday while standing amid a prototype of a micro-unit. please note that mayor bloomberg lives alone in a 5 story town house on east 79th street. mr. mayor, are you seriously asking couples to start a family in a 275 square foot home?
The 10- by 30- foot apartments must each have windows and a kitchen area, a request for proposals released by the city specifies.
While some Manhattan renters said they were ready to sign on, others were revolted. consider me revolted.
The planned apartments — slightly larger than a dorm room and half the size of a subway car — are so small, they’re actually currently illegal (!), since the law requires new apartments to be 400 square feet or larger. But Bloomberg said he’ll propose a change to that law. full article
thank you, mr. mayor. it’s good to see you working for the people.
ps: i apologize for sounding harsh – it stems from fear of one day ending up in a microunit.
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