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Bodega by Tumbleweed HousesNew York City wants you! Mayor Bloomberg is campaigning again but not for re-election but rather for talent. The mayor is recruiting the best and brightest to make the pricey city their home. On Monday, Mayor Bloomberg announced the adAPT NYC competition calling for innovative, visionary architects to take on the challenge of designing micro-apartments for single individuals 275-300 square feet in size. Just when you thought New York living couldn’t get any smaller, right?

“People from all over the world want to live in New York City, and we must develop a new, scalable housing model that is safe, affordable and innovative to meet their needs,” says Bloomberg.

Currently, the Big Apple’s zoning laws require a minimum housing size of 400sf but this pilot program will obviously be an exception. The price point of the apartments are speculated to rent for approximately $2000/month, affordable by New York standards. The design must include a kitchen and bathroom; imagine that.

We asked our contributor, Blogger & NYC resident Elizabeth Jaime of Thompson & Prince, what she thought about the new project which would provide living space of 300sf for the price tag of $2k. This is what she had to say…

I did live as a couple in 300 sf for two years and it was actually lovely.  Living in Manhattan you realize that excess space is often a waste. Of course, it would be nice to have a little more than 300 sf but it taught me that as long as you have the essentials like a stove, bathroom and couch, things aren’t that bad.

I don’t know about other places in the US but in Manhattan, $2000 will get you something nice. Not a luxurious apartment but something you can enjoy coming home too. It also depends on neighborhoods though. For $2000 you’ll probably be living in an “upcoming” neighborhood that is slated to be the next “hot” neighborhood but hasn’t exactly gotten there just yet.

View the video below for an innovative design from a Hong Kong architect who knows exactly what it’s like to live in cramped quarters.


House Beautiful showcased a quaint, beautiful 300 sf studio in Brooklyn. Take the tour.

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