Inside NYC's first 'micro apartment' building, where 60,000 people have applied to live and a 302 square foot market rate unit costs $2,750 a month
Jul 26, 2021, 12:48 IST
The Associated Press got a look inside one of the example units at Carmel Place — a 302 square foot space that will rent for $2,750.
With this amount of space, you can't really expect a full kitchen. Instead, the kitchens are more like kitchenettes, the refrigerator is tiny and there's only a two-burner electric stove and no oven. There is, however, a built-in microwave.
Some of the spaces in the building are already furnished with a a pull-down bed, sofa, cabinets and tables. The market-rate units also include Wi-Fi and cable with the rent. Also included is weekly housekeeping by personal butler service startup Hello Alfred. The ceilings measure 9 feet high and the windows are rather large and slide open to a false balcony.
The bathrooms are big enough to fit a wheelchair, but there's no tub — a shower stall is all that fits.
The building's architects wanted the units to feel homey, and so there are also plenty of communal spaces including a gym, a basement lounge with a TV and billiards table, and a roof deck equipped with a grill.
The building is actually modular prefabricated houses — another first for the city. The units were built across the river in the Brooklyn Navy Yard and taken in Manhattan by truck.
The building will open February first. Leasing began in November for the 55-unit building and there have been 20 applications for market-rate units so far. Twenty-two of the units are designated as affordable costing up to $1500 a month, and 60,000 New Yorkers have already applied for them. The winners will be announced in January.