Little Boxes: Tiny Apartment Exhibit Opens at Museum of City of N.Y.


Lena Dunham finally has a place to put all that tiny furniture! The Museum of the City of New York understands that when you wake up in the morning you blast your head on the ceiling and punch a hole in each of the bedroom walls while stretching.

Tomorrow, the museum is opening an exhibit that features a fully furnished 325-square-foot studio apartment that incorporates the latest space-saving designs. We suspect that same day, at least ten New Yorkers will agree to give someone half their take-home pay to sublet a 300-square-foot “room” they share with a boiler.

In the exhibit apartment, there’s a bed that folds out over a couch, a padded ottoman containing four nesting chairs, a fold-out dinette table that retracts under the kitchen counter and a TV that slides away to reveal a bar. The bar is something many New Yorkers are accustomed to using in order to forget how close their bathroom is to their kitchen.

Other amenities in the 12-by 24-foot model apartment include:

-A bathroom that is 5 ft 9 in by 7 ft 9 in (Honestly, a vast spatial improvement for many readers below 14th Street)

-A refrigerator and separate freezer underneath the counter (Doubles as shoe storage?)

-A dishwasher (Or what many people on Craigslist would refer to as “a second bedroom”.)

-A Murphy bed (Likely named after the inventor’s cat, Murphy, who was always getting stuck in the wall.)

“It’s almost like a space shuttle or an ocean liner in how it’s designed,” Donald Albrecht, the co-curator of the exhibition told ABC News We applaud the comparisons of New York City to beautiful, oxygen-deficient wastelands with the exception that here, unlike space, everyone can hear you scream–and they want you to shut the hell up.

In other petite news, Mayor Bloomberg will be at the opening tomorrow to announce the winner of a contest to design a “micro-unit” which is the label being used for extremely small apartments designed for 20-somethings and set to be built under a city project that explores solutions to Manhattan’s housing crunch.

According to the New York Daily News, there were 33 proposals in the contest to create a blueprint for what we’re proposing they call either “Millennial Terrariums” or “Human Card Catalogs of Tomorrow”.

The studios will be developed through a program called “adAPT NYC” and, according to officials, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development received the largest number of bids of any housing project ever undertaken by the city. This just goes to show how much people love tiny things, which is the same reason we banned ourselves from the travel aisle of Duane Reade.

These cozy cubes will get a special exemption from city rules that require most newly built apartments to be at least 400 square feet. Until they’re ready, we’re mentally preparing to move into one of these places by sleeping in our dresser.