Moving day inches closer for those looking to claim a module in the city’s first micro apartment complex. As of this week, My Micro NY is fully stacked, rising 120 feet from its site at 335 East 27th Street at the border of Gramercy in Kips Bay. The project, also known as Carmel Place, is the product of a city-sponsored design competition launched by former mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2012 as a way to test out if micro dwellings could be an answer to the city’s housing shortage, and in turn give enough reason for adjusting NY’s dated building codes to allow for smaller units better suited for today’s shrinking households. As it stands, the legal minimum is 400 square feet, while My Micro NY’s apartments measure a mere 260 to 360 square feet.
Currently the project’s 66 modules—fabricated in the Brooklyn Navy Yard—are simply covered in insulation, but a brick facade is said to be on its way. When complete, My Micro NY will house 55 studios, 22 of which will be affordable, and the rest priced at about $3,000 a unit.
Renderings courtesy of nARCHITECTS
Each apartment will come with a full-depth closet, lofted storage, a kitchenette, a refrigerator, fold-down table/counter, full-height pull-out pantry, a range, and room for a convection microwave, and an 18-inch dishwasher. Though small by footprint, ceilings of just over nine-and-a-half-feet, a Juliet balcony, and large windows create the feeling of a unit far bigger. The complex will also provide a rooftop deck and communal spaces like a gym and rec room for residents to enjoy.
The $17 million project is designed nARCHITECTS and being developed by Monadnock and the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Move-in is slated for the fall.
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