We’ve made some jokes about the Bloomberg administration’s push for micro-apartments as a solution to new and affordable housing in the city. But, at the very least they were supposed to be affordable. Right? Kind of? Oh whoops, if your idea of affordable is below “starting salary at an investment firm” you can go screw, because a new study of the units shows that like a lot of Manhattan, these apartments are going to be for the well-off only.
The Observer found a study by housing advocacy group the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development that illustrated that the $1800/month “affordable” units aren’t even affordable by the standards of the expensive neighborhood they’re going in. ANHD found that with property at $53/square foot in Murray Hill, the affordable units come out to $60/square foot for the cheapest units in the building. ANHD also predicted even the cheapest affordable units, planned for $940/month, could shoot up to over $1000 per month by the time the building opens. We’re at the point where we couldn’t be surprised if Mike Bloomberg hangs giant “Poors Not Welcome” banners on the Manhattan-bound sides of the East River bridges before he leaves office.