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In the News August 18, 2013

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8/7/13 TV Star Ortiz lands at Elliman after KWNYC firing:  Luis D. Ortiz, the newest star of “Million Dollar Listing New York,” has officially signed on to work at Douglas Elliman, he told The Real Deal exclusively today.  See the full article at The Real Deal 

8/15/13  Bloomberg’s “affordable” micro-apartments don’t come with micro prices:  New York City’s micro-apartments aren’t really all that affordable, and in reality are geared toward the upper-middle class, the New York Observer reported  See the full article at The Real Deal 


In the News April 12, 2013

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4/2/13  The Year of the Frustrated Buyer Awaits Manhattan Real Estate Market:  Without a lot of apartments for sale right now, signs are pointing to a seller’s market in Manhattan, some real estate experts said. See the full article at   

4/5/13  City to put out more RFPs for micro-apartments:  The city will be putting out more requests for proposals for micro-apartment sites, the New York Observer reported. “We are considering RFPs for two or three micro-unit developments later this year.  See the full article at The Real Deal 

4/11/13  Central park Playground to Get $1.2M Makeover:  Starting in July, the Central Park Conservancy  will begin a project to fully remake a playground in the park, located at the East 79th and Fifth Avenue “to ensure accessibility for all park visitors”.  See the full article at   

4/15/13  Proposed UES medical complex wooing community with park renovation:  A proposed million-square-foot medical and college complex on the Upper East Side is gaining community support with a promise to build new park space in the neighborhood. People are increasingly rallying behind the project due to its pledge to overhaul Andrew Haswell Green Park between 59th Street and 63rd Street on the river   See the full article at The Real Deal

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Bloomberg Announces Micro-Apartment Design Winner

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the winner of New York City’s micro-unit apartment design competition this week.  The design competition we reported on in July seeks to address some of the City’s housing problems.   

The winning team of Monadonck Development LLC, Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation and nARCHOTECTS, designed the modular units with 10-foot-high ceilings, Juliet balconies, big windows and ample storage.  See the slide show of images  here.  The 250 to 370 square feet micro-apartments are being built as pre-fabricated modular units at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and will be placed on a city-owned site at 335 East 27th Street in Manhattan.  They should be ready for move in by September 2015.  It is being reported that 22 of the 55 units will be set aside for the low- and middle-income renters with a price range of $940 to 1870 per month.

Many of the space-saving plans including completion entries are featured in an exhibit at the Museum of New York City called “Making Room:  New Models for Housing New Yorkers”


Organizing Tiny Spaces – the Drawerless Kitchen

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Have you seen the size of some New York City kitchens?  The smaller ones don’t have many drawers or none at all!  Where do you keep your takeout menus and measuring cups with no drawers? 

A few tips to turn your kitchen into a functional space:

Minimize – keep only the essentials.

Compartmentalize – keep like things together, eating utensils, cooking utensils, serving utensils and such.

Stack up – Stick to one or two colors in the kitchen to keep the kitchen looking neat. 

Knives – Use a knife magnet to keep them handy but out of the way.

Frequently-used Miscellany – Hang wine openers, measuring cups, cheese graters, etc from a hook to keep them off the countertops.

From article at DNA

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Comfortable Small Spaces in New York

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Recently we reported on LifeEdited’sSwiss Army Apartment” in SoHo.  As part of Mayor Boomberg’s adAPT NYC design competition which is seeking designs for 275 to 300 s.f. apartment designs, ABC World News reported on several small spaces, including a 300 s.f. apartment with a loft style sleeping quarters.  Mayor Bloomberg’s design competition is seeking to better serve New York’s growing 1 and 2 person household population.


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Recently ABC News did a story on Graham Hill and his group at showing how they turned a 420 square foot SoHo studio apartment into a veritable Swiss Army Apartment.  The apartment was gutted and rebuilt with convertible walls and multi-purpose furniture and fixtures that morphs into six different living spaces, all in a single room.

Dinner party for 10?  No problem with an expandable table with multiple leaves slides out from under the kitchen counter to seats 10.

Guests staying over?  Pull out the convertible second bedroom to reveal bunk beds to sleep 2 more.  Dark heavy drapes ensure privacy.

Even the kitchen is unique.  All the appliances, refrigerator, dishwasher and stove are tucked into drawers.  The stove top is actually two induction burners that store in a drawer and are placed on the counter-top when needed.

Technology is present all over the apartment.  Projection screen TV and Rumba Robot vacuum are two of the features. 

Nearly every space has dual purpose, including the bathroom that doubles as a ‘quiet room’. 

The apartment embodies the “Less is More” philosophy, and does so with style.