Finding the perfect apartment in New York City is a constant battle between location and size. Few know this better than the developers of Carmel Place, the city's first micro-unit development of 55 affordable custom-built studio apartments in Kips Bay, Manhattan. Each space is just 350 square feet at most and has been designed by nArchitects to incorporate smart, multipurpose features like a fold-up bed and retractable dining table. While the apartment appears to be a feat of small-space design, it still begs the question: Can you really live comfortably in such a tiny home? New York Times reporter Penelope Green visited one of the apartments to see if the micro-apartment trend lives up to the hype. Take a look inside, then shop the Menu A/S Turning Table ($575) with hidden storage to maximize your small space.
Photo: Doherty Design Studio
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