Yes, I wanted to do a nice and serious post about Mayor Bloomberg’s initiative to turn a city parking lot on the East Side into an apartment building with micro-apartments of approximately 300 sq. ft.. I’m glad he’s taking the leap. The city needs small apartments for single people that don’t cost an arm and a leg.
But the coverage has been astounding. Why? New York has apartments for rent in Manhattan that are smaller than what he is proposing.
So let’s take a look at just a few of the stories built around this “small” event.
From the Mother Nature Network (I didn’t know there was one!) Mayor Bloomberg promotes ‘micro’ apartments.
From the New York Post (I wish there wasn’t one!) NYC launches program to test tiny apartments. Like there haven’t been small apartments in NYC before?
AM New York – Bloomberg: 275 sq. foot apartment is big enough for New Yorkers. Mayor Bloomberg is a nice guy, but I’m sure he wasn’t referring to his group of New Yorkers. I’m sure his closet is larger than 275 sq. ft.
But New Yorkers who spoke with amNewYork Monday said they wouldn’t want to move to the new Kips Bay building.
“I work in a cubicle all day — I wouldn’t want to live in a cubicle also,” said Julie Thaxton, a 39-year-old legal secretary from Marine Park. “Your home is supposed to a be your haven, and not another closet.”
Elizabeth Wallach, a Pace University graduate student who lives alone in a one-bedroom apartment in Stuyvesant Town, likened the city’s planned building to a dorm.
The New York Post again – The living is squeezy: Mayor.
The local ABC TV affiliate – City asking developers to test microapartments. Let’s go to the video tape:
MSNBCleads with – NYC mayor challenges apartment builders to think smaller.
The Wall Street Journal headlines – NYC asking developers to test tiny apartments.
Reuters says, New York City “micro” apartments aim to be cosy, not cramped.
USA Today – NYC asking developers to test 300-square-foot apartments.
I think this is enough for such a small story. Just tell me when we are going to get back to talking about no fee apartments in NY. Now that’s worth writing about!
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