Developers are putting the final touches on the citys first modular residential building with 55 micro-apartments and say that when it opens in Manhattans Kips Bay neighborhood in March, it will change how New Yorkers think about living small.

The studio apartments, which range from 260 square feet to 360 square feet half the size of a subway car or less look tiny on paper. But Tobias Oriwol, the project developer for Carmel Place, said the designers worked long and hard to make them feel comfortable and cozy.

Every unit includes nine-and-a-half foot ceilings, a full bathroom and a kitchen with modern appliances albeit in a smaller scale with touches such as a mini-fridge and two-burner electric stove. Seventeen come with furnishings made to maximize every inch, such as a queen-size Murphy bed that easily folds over a love seat attached to the wall.

Sarah Watson, the deputy director of the non-profit group Citizen Housing & Planning Council, said the singles population has been on the rise and accounts for half of all renters. Many of them are already living in smaller spaces with multiple roommates, she said.

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