"I've barely enough room to lay my hat and a few friends."


The story of New York City’s new “microapartments” made me think of Dorothy Parker’s quip about her small apartment. Anyway, here’s the deal:

Intended to create affordable housing for singles in New York City, those promised prefabricated affordable units are finally being assembled in the Brooklyn Navy Yard and will be unveiled this spring in Manhattan’s Kips Bay, according to The New York Times.

The city’s first “micro” building will have 55 rental apartments, all ranging from 260- to 360-square-feet with big windows, ample storage space, and Juliet balconies.

260- to 360-square feet doesn’t actually sound that small — I once lived in a studio no bigger than that in San Francisco. But here’s the kicker:

The building will begin rising up in 335 East 27th Street, in Kips Bay with apartments renting for $2,000 to $3,000 a month.

At those prices, young renters are going to have to crowd in there, two or three or more people all splitting the rent — and the limited living space. The rendering (above) makes a microapartment look like a decent space for three or more people, but where are the beds? What we’re shown doesn’t even have room for a convertible sleeper like the one I had in my SanFran studio.

Overcrowded, overpriced, and over the East River — it’s the Progressive Dream.

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