New York City isn’t exactly known as a place with lots of space. Its five boroughs are spread out over just 305 square miles, meaning that the city’s more than eight million residents are constantly on top of one another—in the street, in the subway, and especially in our living spaces.
Though tiny living is having a bit of a moment, it’s always been a way of life for New Yorkers—from the tenements of the late 19th-century to the architecturally-approved micro apartments of today. And NYC residents are especially good at making the best of small spaces, whether it’s a 220-square-foot studio, a museum squeezed into an elevator shaft, or a park that’s no larger than a postage stamp.
And so, we’ve resurrected Micro Week and will devote the next five days to all things itty-bitty in New York. What’s it like to live in the new-fangled micro-apartments in Kips Bay? Where are the city’s coolest (and most ridiculous) small spaces? How did the smallest historic districts in the city come to be? And is there a future for "micro-housing"—not just old, cramped studios—in NYC?
These are questions we’ll answer this week, while also touring tiny spaces, looking at the city’s smallest museums, talking to an architect who’s perfected the art of designing tiny, and asking you for your thoughts on small living.
Ready? Then let’s do this—and as always, if you’ve got something to say, the tipline is open.