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Mayor Bloomberg Proposes 300-Square-Foot 'Micro' Apartments For New York City Singles
Business Insider ^ | 7/10/2012 | Meredith Galante

Posted on 07/12/2012 11:31:02 AM PDT by goldstategop

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; US: New York
KEYWORDS: 300sqft; apartmentcare; centralplanning; liberalism; marxism; mikbloomberg; mikebloomberg; newyorkcity; studioapartment
An apartment the size of two parking spaces or half a subway car? - overpriced to begin with at $2000 a month rent in one of the most expensive cities to live in America? That's what New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg wants - to force young New Yorkers to live in a tiny, cramped apartment.

ApartmentCare from liberals! Think about the irony of this proposal for "micro apartment" in New York City while Hiz Honnah lives in a palatial mansion four times their size! If this isn't Marxism, its hard to imagine what it would be.

Central planning by city bureaucrats at its finest.

1 posted on 07/12/2012 11:31:09 AM PDT by goldstategop
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To: goldstategop

And no popcorn or Big Gulps allowed in their little cages.


2 posted on 07/12/2012 11:33:38 AM PDT by BlatherNaut
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To: goldstategop

Now we know why he wanted to downsize fountain drinks. The apartments aren’t big enough for anything above a 16 ouncer.


3 posted on 07/12/2012 11:33:45 AM PDT by Harley
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To: Harley

Yup. Liberals banned smoking.

Then they banned large size soft drinks.

Now they want to ban the family home - seriously!

Look at where the tyranny of good intentions is leading - to the extirpation of American freedoms and the end of the American Dream.


4 posted on 07/12/2012 11:36:26 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

Does he propose limits on animal or tree growth or does he just want humans in cages?


5 posted on 07/12/2012 11:39:22 AM PDT by edcoil (It is not over until I win.)
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To: goldstategop

Mayor Bloombutt should lead the way by living in one for a few years...setting an example doncha know.


6 posted on 07/12/2012 11:40:04 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: goldstategop

Just build one. Put Bloomy in it and nail the f’ing door shut!


7 posted on 07/12/2012 11:40:20 AM PDT by donozark (Col. C.Beckwith:I'd rather go down the river with 7 studs than with a hundred shitheads.)
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To: goldstategop

Mayor Meathead did not say anything about “forcing” anyone into anything.

And there probably would be a demand for such housing.

Pads just for screwing.

Overnight stays by rich owners.

Places to store dope.

I lived in a studio apt in Chicago as a young man. Took the Murphy bed off the wall and had it on the living room floor. Probably not much bigger than 300 sq ft. Did have a galley kitchen though.


8 posted on 07/12/2012 11:40:32 AM PDT by arrogantsob (Obama must Go.)
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To: goldstategop

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2012/07/10/sf-considers-reducing-minimums-to-allow-shoebox-apartments/

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) – San Francisco’s smallest apartments could soon get even smaller. In a proposal before the Board of Supervisors, a developer’s group is proposing the city change its building code to make the smallest living space in an efficiency apartment 150 square feet, down from the current 220 square feet.


9 posted on 07/12/2012 11:40:48 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: goldstategop

Near Whitey Ford field? Not the best area but i guess if you want cheap.


10 posted on 07/12/2012 11:41:18 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: edcoil
Hmmm ... 15 X 20 ... just about 2 jail cells.

I've always thought most city dwellers were trapped, but THIS is rediculous

11 posted on 07/12/2012 11:42:00 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: goldstategop

How do you spell Agenda 21?


12 posted on 07/12/2012 11:42:06 AM PDT by upchuck (FACEBOOK... Share pointless stuff with friends you don't know. Beg for intrusion into your life.)
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To: goldstategop
Sun suites rents rooms for 1k a month at 280sf.
I've stayed there many times while traveling and it's not bad.

http://www.sunsuites.com/accommodations.shtml

13 posted on 07/12/2012 11:43:02 AM PDT by MaxMax
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To: goldstategop

*shrug* I’ve got 5 people in my 1000 sqft house


14 posted on 07/12/2012 11:43:52 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1268 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: goldstategop

“Get ‘Em Out By Friday!”


15 posted on 07/12/2012 11:46:12 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: goldstategop

Perhaps Occupy movement should claim the 300 sq ft micro-apartment is a human right. Then get UN involved......


16 posted on 07/12/2012 11:47:13 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: goldstategop

Hey Bloomingidiot-—put your money where YOUR mouth is. Invest in this yourself—and show us how lucrative it is-—

You won’t, will you...because you know it’s BS.


17 posted on 07/12/2012 11:47:17 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: goldstategop

http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/07/25/hongkong.coffin.homes/

http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/10/28/cage.homes/


18 posted on 07/12/2012 11:50:08 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: goldstategop

Agenda 21
Put everyone on top of each other to save Mother Earth.


19 posted on 07/12/2012 11:51:16 AM PDT by katwoman5779
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To: goldstategop

I remember an article from the boston glove which said these singles apparments were for the alternative lifestyle set since they had no children and were only interested in random sex hookups.


20 posted on 07/12/2012 11:54:28 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: katwoman5779
Agenda 21.


21 posted on 07/12/2012 11:55:48 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: goldstategop

Seems to be about the size of a Microtel “suite”. Stayed in one of those in Carolina for about $60/night with tax. Same rate as the NY apts.


22 posted on 07/12/2012 11:58:02 AM PDT by jimfree (In Nov 2012 my 12 y/o granddaughter will have more relevant executive experience than Barack Obama)
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To: goldstategop

Gracie Mansion at 15000 sq ft is 50 times this size...

Not 4 times


23 posted on 07/12/2012 12:00:33 PM PDT by wardaddy (John Roberts collection of Sally Quinn's panties just got a hefty contribution this week..)
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To: goldstategop

Mayor DuumBerg strikes again.


24 posted on 07/12/2012 12:03:56 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: goldstategop

If Bloomberg is so darn interested in something that is micro he only needs to drop his pants and look between his legs...


25 posted on 07/12/2012 12:04:03 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks!)
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To: goldstategop

My first apartment was an “efficiency” that was probably not a helluva lot larger than that.

It was in Ohio, and my rent was about 1/8 of what this article quotes. Since I was working all the time and just used it to sleep did not really bother me.


26 posted on 07/12/2012 12:06:22 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: goldstategop

41 times, which means his apartment is over 12,000 feet.


27 posted on 07/12/2012 12:12:13 PM PDT by richardtavor
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To: goldstategop

without a family home, you can’t have families.

with the state outlawing the words “mother” and “father” there are no parents.

with children the property of the state, it is all part of the collective.


28 posted on 07/12/2012 12:17:24 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: richardtavor

I don’t mind studio apartment life - I just don’t like billionaires telling us we have to live in them and THEY can live in their palatial mansions.

There are lot of Soviet apartment blocks like that - all the same with no real privacy.


29 posted on 07/12/2012 12:18:02 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

On the other hand after living in such conditions for a few years the inhabitants would have really bad cases of agoraphobia and be unable to live a rural lifestyle.

The Democrat dream would be achieved. The peasantry would live in tight easily controlled quarters and the gentry would have all of the fresh air they could desire.

If you have ever watched the movie ‘The Fifth Element’ you will get an idea of the lifestyle.


30 posted on 07/12/2012 12:18:50 PM PDT by The Working Man
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To be fair, its for singles. But there was a time in America, entire generations of families were born and raised in “shoebox” apartments and no one complained. We’ve gotten spoiled.


31 posted on 07/12/2012 12:23:10 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

Yes, I believe you are correct in many ways. I remember a chart that showed the average size of an American house over the last couple of hundred years. The sizes go up and down according to the levels of national prosperity.

And I’ve personally lived in such tight quarters before. It was semi-voluntary as it was what I could afford at the time. And to be fair, in New York City such apartments would primarily be used only to sleep in as the inhabitants would spend most of their time out in the city either working, recreating, etc.

I personally don’t want to live that way again though. And to those who do... More power to you I guess.


32 posted on 07/12/2012 12:34:44 PM PDT by The Working Man
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To: goldstategop
The apartments would help young professionals find appropriate housing in the city while they start their careers.

NY City is ground zero for PC group think. I know many young people who have moved there after our university days, and 20 years later, their experiences, values and outlook on life are all incredibly similar. Bloomberg knows his town needs new drones and inductees to serve the machine. Does a 300 foot box really sound that attractive though while attending indoctrination camp?

33 posted on 07/12/2012 12:43:26 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: goldstategop
Next up:


34 posted on 07/12/2012 12:44:00 PM PDT by Teflonic
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To: The Working Man

Bloomberg wants slave quarters.

Slaves don’t need space because slaves don’t own property.

restricting property rights by restricting storage capacity.

now you will have to rent space to hav fun.


35 posted on 07/12/2012 12:51:19 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: goldstategop
Y'all are missing the real outrage:

Under current zoning laws, all apartments must be at least 400 square feet

The issue isn't about forcing people into 300 sq ft domiciles. The issue is that it's illegal to build or live in one if you want to. Free country, remember? or are some here too young/senile to remember?

There's the whole "tiny house" industry serving people who WANT compact space. Prime example is a popular 100 sq ft house:

Kudos (rare) to Bloomberg for relaxing the limit. Better if he eliminated it.

36 posted on 07/12/2012 12:53:35 PM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: goldstategop

My wife’s walkin closet is 120 sq ft alone.


37 posted on 07/12/2012 12:56:10 PM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: goldstategop

My motor home is 7’ x 20’, and the front 3’ feet are taken up by the driving compartment. These don’t seem very different than motor homes.


38 posted on 07/12/2012 1:40:20 PM PDT by Excellence (9/11 was an act of faith.)
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To: goldstategop
I lived have lived in:

None were super fancy or in exclusive areas; all were modest and in nice areas, generally close to schools. We had the freedom to choose and the market had the variety to meet our needs throughout the family's evolution.

I have no problem with micro-apartments being allowed. I have a problem with them being mandated.

39 posted on 07/12/2012 1:48:03 PM PDT by 5thGenTexan
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So it's a small apartment.. But how big are the closets?
40 posted on 07/12/2012 2:04:20 PM PDT by Svartalfiar
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To: arrogantsob
Pads just for screwing.

Overnight stays by rich owners.

Places to store dope.

I lived in a studio apt in Chicago as a young man.

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

So, was it a F**k pad, a dope hole or were you a rich kid with a pied a terre?

My bet is you were just getting started, didn't want to stay home and weren't making enough yet to get something bigger.....you know....like the NYers who would rent these places.

41 posted on 07/12/2012 2:12:40 PM PDT by wtc911 (Amigo - you've been had.)
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To: wtc911

You guys realize the house you could get for that much down here in Ga? Veritable mansion.


42 posted on 07/12/2012 2:17:35 PM PDT by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: goldstategop

The landlords should love this idea, a few 2x4’s and dry wall and rents will double and triple.


43 posted on 07/12/2012 2:19:43 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: goldstategop

Why not just call them what they are - Citizen Cells.

Bloomberg’s Citizen Cells.

Sure I really be Mike needs all that space HE lives in just because he’s married. You want to talk about being detached from the average person, I give you Bloomberg the Idiot.


44 posted on 07/12/2012 3:32:46 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Teflonic

These Hamster Hotels generally work fine in Japan because in Japan, they are used to being quiet and respectful of others.

You want to try this in NYC and see how well they work?


45 posted on 07/12/2012 3:36:29 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Mmogamer
You guys realize the house you could get for that much down here in Ga? Veritable mansion.

________________________

I am a landlord (among other things). I own a number of 420 sf studio apts in good neighborhoods in Queens. I get $1200/mo for each. I could get up to $1600/mo but my tenants are there long term and pay on time so I keep them cheap.

46 posted on 07/12/2012 3:57:04 PM PDT by wtc911 (Amigo - you've been had.)
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To: goldstategop
Reminds me of the scene from the 5th Element:


47 posted on 07/12/2012 4:01:35 PM PDT by NYTexan
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To: goldstategop

You have to understand that this is Manhattan. The lifestyle is completely different than any place else in America. Apartments are for sleeping and cleaning up. The rest of life is lived outside of the home, in the city. If I could ever talk my wife into it, I would love to live there.


48 posted on 07/12/2012 4:06:25 PM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: goldstategop

You people are something. Everything’s a conspiracy by Bloomberg. Well, that was true in every prior case, actually. But not here. In this case, it’s simple supply and demand and free market. New York City is not fly-over country. People there will live out there lives having sex and being single (at least according the TV show). So they don’t need big places - so why artificially limit small places.

This is ACTUALLY the first time I’ve seen Bloomberg do anything that resembles free-market thinking (i.e., let builders build what people want), so give him a break.


49 posted on 07/12/2012 4:32:06 PM PDT by BobL
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