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In the Media

CHPC’s expertise has been valued for over 70 years and our non-partisan analysis and opinion features widely in the media. You can read all of our latest press mentions here.

Micro-Housing, New York’s Newest Housing Option

Epoch Times,Genevieve Belmaker, August 17, 2013

Finding just the right place to live is a persistent problem for New Yorkers, and it’s likely to get worse. The city predicts that in the next 20 years, the population will reach 9 million people. Even today, the city’s 1.8 million one- and two-person households face a specific problem: there are only one million studios and one-bedroom apartments available.

To help visualize what life in 325 square feet would look like, the Museum of the City of New York has been hosting an exhibition of a sample unit throughout the summer. The exhibit, which runs through Sept. 2, is now hosting a string of 24-hour residents from different walks of life in the space, which is equipped with a queen-sized bed, flat-screen TV, desk, couch, and kitchen table. Residents so far have included two bloggers, two museum interns, and a couple who hosted a dinner party for 8.

For the organization behind the museum exhibit, Citizens Housing Planning Council (CHPC), solutions like micro-apartments for New York City are part of its core mission. The independent, non-profit research organization’s Making Room Initiative is honed in on diversifying New York City’s housing stock and getting past the behemoth housing and zoning laws that they feel limit the possibilities.

“Making Room is more about how our physical space should evolve,” said Sarah Watson, deputy director of CHPC, who added that New York City had the first housing policies in the country. That history brings with it a litany of laws and codes that have been layered over the years, instead of reformed, updated, or removed completely to make room for new policies.

Is this the future of NYC living? Museum showcases ‘micro’ apartments

www.PIX11.com, August 17, 2013

In New York, we’ve become accustomed to living in tight quarters — jammed packed living spaces with hardly enough room to breathe, let-alone live.

But at the Museum of the City of New York, there seems to be a solution.

The exhibit showcases how two people could live in an itty-bitty-spot known as a micro-apartment and still find a way to live comfortably.

New York Women Spend Night Camping Out In Model Micro-Unit

CBS New York, August 17, 2013

Many New Yorkers live in small apartments. Most of them don’t camp out in a micro-unit at a museum to demonstrate the virtues of small-space living. That’s what Challie Stillman and Lina Franco are doing.

The apartment is part of an exhibit that runs through Sept. 2 called “Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers.”

The apartment features space-saving furniture and under-the-counter appliances. The couple invited six friends for dinner their first night. They had food delivered.

Micro-Apartment Exhibition Shows New Yorkers How To Live Large In Small Spaces

www.NY1, Jill Urban, August 16, 2013.

Even though people pay big to live in this city, most New Yorkers live small, and some live really small.

At the Museum of the City of New York’s special micro-apartment exhibition, there will be a series of seminars that will help people who live in a box learn to think outside of one.

“We’re standing in a 325-square-foot micro-unit,” says Donald Albrecht, a curator with MCNY. “It is 75 square feet smaller than what’s currently allowed in New York City, and over the next few weeks, we’re going to be doing a series of demonstrations that actually show how you can live in such a space.”

From now through Labor Day, visitors can experience the space and gain tips from experts on how to use a small space efficiently.

Trying Out Micro-Apartments at the Museum of the City of New York

WNYC News, Kristofer Venezia, August 16, 2013

Some New Yorkers may soon be living in apartments roughly half the size of a city subway car. So the Museum of the City of New York decided to install one and have some New Yorkers try them out.

Over a four-day period this week, five locals are taking turns living in the micro-unit apartment that the museum set up back in January. That month, Mayor Michael Bloomberg had announced that the city’s contest to find a micro-unit design of about  250 to 400 square feet had found a winner: Actors Fund Housing Development Corp, and nARCHITECTS will build the city’s first 55-unit micro-apartment building in Kip’s Bay.

Amazing Shrinking Apartment

amny.com, Weekend, August 16-18, 2013

With the city set to begin its micro-unit building next year – in which 55 apartments will range from 250 square feet to 370 square feet – the Museum of  the City of New York  is showing exactly what it’s  is like  to live in such a cramped space.

Starting on Friday, five people will take turns living in a fully functional 350-square-foot apartment the museum has built as a part of its “Making Room: Models for Housing New Yorkers” exhibit.

We Survived 24 Hours in a 325-Square-Foot Apartment

nycurbed.com, August 15, 2013

At noon yesterday, we moved into the 325-square-foot micro-apartment on the third floor of the Museum of the City of New York. The apartment is part of an exhibition, “Making Room,” focused on demographic change and housing alternatives. We stayed overnight, avoided being haunted by the ghosts of the museum’s costume collection, and met a few small-living celebrities, architects, and Curbed readers who stopped by to evaluate the small space. Our verdict: pretty livable!

The ”Making Room” exhibit closes September 2, and after that, the micro-unit is looking for a new home, according to Sarah Watson of CHPC, who visited us earlier this morning. Watson thinks an office building lobby might be a good place for the unit to live—any landlords interested?

24 Hours in a 325-Square-Foot Apartment: A New Day

www.nycurbed.com, August 15, 2013

9:30 a.m.: The morning of our 24-hour stay in the micro-unit at the Museum of the City of New York (read about yesterday afternoon and the night shift) dawned with a visit from Sarah Watson, deputy director of Citizens Housing Planning Council. The non-profit’s research inspired the museum’s “Making Room” exhibit, and the organization focuses on the fact that there are “no legal safe options for a single person” in New York City and that policy changes would be needed to allow a wider variety of housing types to be built. The lack of options has both personal and economic consequences: single people entering the NYC housing market, at any age, have nowhere to go, and the market prices of studios are artificially high because the supply doesn’t match the demand.

Museum of the City of New York Showcases New Yorkers Living in Small Spaces

BWWart world.com, August 15, 2013

Starting today, five New Yorkers will spend 24-hour periods living in a fully built 325-square-foot micro-unit inside the Museum of the City of New York to demonstrate how to live in a small space. The exhibition – unveiled early this year in partnership with the Citizens Housing and Planning Council – presents an array of innovative architectural solutions that could better accommodate the city’s emerging housing needs, features a full-scale “micro-apartment” designed and furnished by Clei s.r.l. and Resource Furniture with architecture by Amie Gross Architects.

Killing Two Birds With One Stone: Economics, Sustainability and the Future of Urbanism

The Huffington Post, Ron Barth, August 8, 2013

Efficiently designed buildings are both sustainable and cost-effective, providing tenants a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the city. Poorly designed, cramped spaces are just plain miserable — not to mention wasteful. Taking on this challenge, the Citizens Housing and Planning Council (CHPC) and the Museum of the City of New York developed the “Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers” exhibition to demonstrate to the public what the possibilities of the future of urban living can (and should) be.

Museum of the City of New York Presents: Living Large While Living Small, 9/2

BWW art world.com, August 8, 2013

In the final full month of its special exhibition, Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers, the Museum of the City of New York will host a series of events showing visitors how they can live, decorate, cook and organize in small spaces – all taking place in a fully-built micro-unit housed in the Museum. The exhibition – unveiled early this year in partnership with the Citizens Housing and Planning Council – presents an array of innovative architectural solutions that could better accommodate the city’s emerging housing needs, features a full-scale “micro-apartment” designed and furnished by Clei s.r.l. and Resource Furniture with architecture by Amie Gross Architects.

Museum of the City of New York Presents: Living Large While Living Small

www.sfgate.com, August 8, 2013

In the final full month of its special exhibition, Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers, the Museum of the City of New York will host a series of events showing visitors how they can live, decorate, cook and organize in small spaces – all taking place in a fully-built micro-unit housed in the Museum.

The exhibition – unveiled early this year in partnership with the Citizens Housing and Planning Council – presents an array of innovative architectural solutions that could better accommodate the city’s emerging housing needs, features a full-scale “micro-apartment” designed and furnished by Clei s.r.l. and Resource Furniture with architecture by Amie Gross Architects.