The apartments in a new Manhattan building boast little balconies, tall ceilings, dishwashers and storage space. All in 360 square feet or less.

Its micro-living in the nations biggest city, and New Yorkers could be seeing more of it. Planning officials are proposing to end a limit on how small apartments can be, opening the door for more microapartments that advocates see as affordable adaptations to a growing population of single people. Critics fear a turn back toward the citys tenement past and question whether less space will really mean less expensive.

People are spending $1,800 a month renting a room thats 10-by- 10 and living with strangers that they met on Craigslist in New York, said Sarah Watson, deputy director of the Citizens Housing Planning Council, an advocacy group.

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