NYC eases building code to create ‘micro apartments’ in Kips Bay

New York City has implemented a program to encourage construction of "micro-apartments" in the Big Apple, where rents are exorbitant and the number of singles is on the rise.

July 19, 2012

New York City has implemented a program to encourage construction of "micro-apartments" in the Big Apple, where rents are exorbitant and the number of singles is on the rise.

A pilot project slated for construction in Manhattan's Kips Bay section will feature rental apartments ranging from 275sf to 300 sf with kitchens and bathrooms. Current standards in New York require that most new apartments be at least 400 sf. New York has 1.8 million households composed of one or two people, but there are only one million studios and one-room apartments.

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