New Yorkers have been living in shoebox-sized units for decades, but soon the city will get its first official micro-apartments, defined as studios with floor plans smaller than 400 square feet. The Department of City Planning had to grant the project a waiver to build units this small, an effort to experiment in tiny housing.

The Carmel Place apartments range from 260 to 360 square feet. The concept for their interiors comes from developer Stage 3 Properties, along with local firm nArchitects and Monadnock Development, the team that won the adAPT NYC micro-apartment competition in 2013.

The first set of units will rent for between $2,500 and $2,800 per month. For reference, the average rent for a studio apartment in Manhattan is currently $2,738.

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