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A stemware cabinet behind the TV, stacking tables (Credit: AP)

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)

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."

A stemware cabinet behind the TV, stacking tables
(Credit: AP)

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)

Wardrobes hidden in closets, a foldaway table and
(Credit: AP)

Wardrobes hidden in closets, a foldaway table and under-the-counter appliances 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)

Jack Sproule tries out a fold-down bed in
(Credit: AP)

Jack Sproule tries out a fold-down bed in a 325 square foot model apartment 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)

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A model of micro-apartments is displayed at an
(Credit: AP)

A model of micro-apartments is displayed 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)

A floor plan details the changes a tenant
(Credit: NYC Mayor's Office )

A floor plan details the changes a tenant could make to a NYC small apartment in order to accomodate eating and sleeping.

A rendering of the city's first micro-unit apartment
(Credit: NYC Mayor's Office)

A rendering of the city's first micro-unit apartment building on the east side of Manhattan.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the winner of
(Credit: NYC Mayor's Office)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the winner of the city's micro-apartment design challenge is a development team composed of Monadnock Development LLC, Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation, and nARCHITECTS.

Now that you've seen the city's solution for inexpensive housing, check out homes on Long Island available for less than $100,000.

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