New Yorkers have long complained that city apartments are like roach motels. If Mayor Bloomberg gets his way, they’ll be about the same size.

Mayor Bloomberg launched a contest Monday to stir development of teeny-tiny apartments — called micro units — for young singles willing to cram themselves into shoebox-sized digs.

The new closetlike flats will be just 275 to 300 square feet — larger than a jail cell but smaller than a mobile home — and will have special permission to ignore city rules requiring newly built apartments to exceed 400 square feet.

At 5 feet 6 inches tall, it’s not surprising the mayor thinks size doesn’t matter.

But could there be more to Nanny Bloomberg’s “Honey, I shrunk the studio” plans?

Bloomberg’s thinking here is obvious: People will be far less likely to buy a Big Gulp if they know the cup won’t fit in their apartment

Despite Mayor Bloomberg’s diminutive size, the Twitterverse suspects he won’t be taking up residence in one of these “cozy” closets.

More “do as I say, not as I do” from New York’s nanny in chief. The Daily News reports that Bloomberg’s “12,500-square-foot upper East Side townhouse is about 40 times as big as the micro units.”

One New Yorker has a counter-proposal for Bloomberg.

Yeah, he’ll get right on that. Just as soon as he stops trying to ban stuff he has no intention of forgoing.

HE dumps salt on almost everything, even saltine crackers. He devours burnt bacon and peanut butter sandwiches. He has a weakness for hot dogs, cheeseburgers, and fried chicken, washing them down with a glass of merlot.

And his snack of choice? Cheez-Its.

  • midnightgolfer

    Studies have shown that cramped living spaces are strongly correlated with higher instances of home accidents, decreased resistance to illness, higher instances of communicable diseases, and of course, diminished mental health and tolerance to all types of stress. New Yorkers are already sick and tired as it is with high rents and tight living quarters, and heaven knows we don’t need any more crazies in the Big Apple. Americans who can afford 2000 a month rents need to be buying houses and having kids, not renting a cramped, urban misery.

  • krischej

    Mayor Bloomberg is building 275 sq ft micro apartments in NYC- You would have more room in the large drinking cups that he won’t let you use
    No, no, the new apartments ARE the drinking cups. Gotta do something with all that excess drinking cup inventory, after all.

  • Frank DiSalle

    Here’s an easier way to create smaller, cheaper apartments: Phase out rent control over 5 years, stabilization over ten years; lower property tax 2% per year for 5 years; eliminate the nonresident income tax
    Landlords will start renovating, less people will move out of the city, some will move back …

    • paevo

      Common sense, alas, but those people vote…

  • Brina Max

    bl00mberg lives in a 200,000 + sq ft mansion. NY gets what they deserve for voting the guy back into office.

  • Dorian

    “Mayor Bloomberg is building 275 sq ft micro apartments in NYC” I guess this is only fitting that the mayor of NYC would have no qualms about having people live like pod people. Heck the government wants to control our Healthcare decisions, what we eat how we raise our children, etc., etc., etc. Invasion of the Body Snatchers?