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New York Will See Its First Prefabricated 'Micro-Apartments' This Year

03/02/2015 11:14 am ET | Updated Mar 05, 2015

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With floor areas clocking in at as little as 260 square feet, My Micro NY housing units by nARCHITECTS are the latest singles-oriented housing option to enter the New York rental market. The modular units will be fabricated at the Brooklyn Navy Yard for stacking in Kips Bay this spring, and are projected to welcome their first inhabitants by the end of 2015.

Current New York city zoning and density rules set a minimum apartment floor area of 400 square feet, yet this regulation was waived for My Micro NY in the interests of creating more affordable housing. An inflated rental market has long posed issues for those seeking housing in the city, particularly singles and students with tight budgets. My Micro NY will create 32 stories and 55 individual apartments, whose features include 9 and 10-foot ceiling heights, Juliette balconies, and concealed storage space.

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