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Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled yesterday plans for studio apartments in New York City that will be between 275 and 300 square feet—apartments so small they are considered illegal under current building code, according to The Wall Street Journal.Bloomberg is currently accepting proposals for the apartments, which will be located on E 27th Street and First Avenue in Kips Bay. The apartments would help young professionals find appropriate housing in the city while they start their careers.
The craziest thing about these 300-square-foot apartments (which are about the size of half a subway car) is that they will cost around $2,000 a month to rent.
Under current zoning laws, all apartments must be at least 400 square feet, but Bloomberg said he plans to change the zoning laws to make the new micro-units legal.
Bloomberg said there is a huge demand for single-person households in the city. Currently there are 1.8 million one- and two-person households, but only 1 million studio and one-bedroom apartments, officials said.
The apartments will all be 10 by 30 feet, and must have a window and a kitchen area—talk about luxury! The complex is expected to have around 80 units.
Bloomberg said if he was younger he would be more than happy to live in one of these apartments. He lived in a 600-square-foot studio on 66th St. for $120 a month for nearly a decade, according to The New York Post.
The mayor’s current Upper East Side mansion is 41 times the size of the purposed apartments.
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