New Yorkers Making the Most of the Tiny House Trend

More than 10 million viewers tuned in to HGTV’s tiny-house shows this year. There’s a Tiny House magazine, at least two documentaries and countless blogs about tiny-house living.

“Part of the surprise is that it has resonated with urban viewers — the majority of whom are already living in tiny spaces,” said John Feld, senior vice president of programming and production at HGTV.

And while tiny studios are common in NYC, 1987 zoning restrictions meant new-build apartments could be no smaller than 400 sq. ft. But in 2012, a waiver was passed allowing for one building of “micro-units,” measuring between 260 and 360 sq. ft. The ribbon on those 55 units was officially cut in October.

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