Minimalist Living In A New Kips Bay Micro Apartment
New York City, whether by necessity, convenience, or both, has long been regarded for its efficient, although extraordinary, small space accommodations. Once again, the city finds itself making headlines with its latest contribution to extreme living. Introducing the micro apartment.
Last month residents of the Kips Bay neighborhood of Manhattan witnessed the unveiling of Carmel Place. Carmel Place is the city’s first micro apartment complex. The complex is offering 55 units, ranging in size from 260 to 360 square feet. Carmel Place received 60,000 applicants to its lottery of which 14 units are subsidized at $1,490 per month. Another 32 units were offered at market rent, ranging from $2,446 to $3,195.
According to chpcny.org, 41% of New Yorkers over 25 do not live with a spouse or partner. 62% of New York households consist of only one or two people. These statistics supported the initiative of Monadnock Development and Lower East Side People’s Mutual Housing Association to apply for a waiver to the traditional city restrictions for units below 400 square feet. Because of their proposal to accommodate the city’s increasing small household population, the first modular unit was stacked in May of 2015.
The Benefit of the Micro Apartment
The extremely small living space requires accommodations in furnishings and amenities. For the customized furnishings, residents can turn to the Italian company Clei for a sofa that converts to a queen bed. Cleo offers an ottoman that converts into dining chairs. They also have a slim console table that expands to seat ten. Some of Carmel Place’s amenities are standard to renting in the city, such as Internet and Wi-Fi. Other amenities seem to make up for the sacrifices in living area. The building offers a weekly tidying service and a monthly deep clean. Additionally they offer dog walking, dry cleaning pick up, and a butler app called “Hello Alfred.” Carmel Place also provides common or shared living areas throughout the 9-story building.
It is ideal for young singles, emptynesters, long-distance commuters, and transitional baby-boomers. The modern micro apartment presents a compelling argument to reduce apartment sizes. The New York Post reported “demand for these tiny NYC apartments is off the charts.” However, a year later, they cautioned that Carmel Place’s prices are “one of the worst deals in town.” Regardless of the current rent structure of these shoebox apartments, the call for a simpler space resounds in the minds of young singles. Young singles and minimalist couples wanting to keep less and do more in and around the Big Apple.