The de Blasio administration is looking to expand the availability of so-called micro apartments.

Officials are pushing two changes to the citys zoning code, to allow smaller subdivisions of internal space in buildings, and to remove the requirement that apartments be no smaller than 400 square feet.

The changes are meant to address the needs of the citys singles, numbering nearly 50 percent of the population, according to the nonprofit Citizens Housing and Planning Council. Studios make up only 7 percent of the citys housing stock. About 35 percent of units are one-bedrooms, but many of those also go to couples.

“You cant deny the data,” Sarah Watson, deputy director of the Citizens Housing and Planning Council, told Crains. “This mismatch causes all sorts of economic distortions.”

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