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A stemware cabinet behind the TV, stacking tables hidden in an ottoman and a Murphy bed all help to make a 325 square foot model apartment seem roomy at an exhibit called "Making Room: Models for Housing New Yorkers" at the Museum of the City of New York in Manhattan. (Jan. 15, 2013)(Credit: AP)

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NYC's tiniest apartments

New York City planners are challenging architects to design ways to make it tolerable — even comfortable — to live in dwellings from 350 square feet to as small as 250 square feet. As a way to get New Yorkers to think small, the Museum of the City of New York opened an exhibit featuring a fully furnished 325-square-foot studio apartment that incorporates the latest space-saving designs. Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the winner of a competition to incorporate those designs into an apartment complex to be built on Manhattan's east side next year featuring 55 "micro units."