300 Square Feet
COULD YOU SURVIVE
The Mayor of New York has launched a contest to stir development of tiny 300-square-foot apartments for singles.
Mayor Bloomberg calls them micro units for young singles willing to cram themselves into shoebox-sized digs.
The new flats will be just 275 to 300 square feet — larger than a jail cell but smaller than a mobile home.
The Mayor says the city’s demographics have changed, what it used to be the average household was a family, a couple of adults and some children.
That meant that the city was filled with larger dwellings, leaving just 1 million studios and one bedrooms — not nearly enough for the 1.8 million one-and two-person households.
The mini-studios will be just big enough for a bathroom, kitchen and sleeping and dining areas — but Bloomberg said tenants shouldn’t plan on doing much entertaining.
Real estate experts said young college grads would snap up the apartments — but it all depends on the price tag, which city officials said would be less than $2,000 a month.