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Museum of the City of New York Showcases New Yorkers Living in Small Spaces

Museum of the City of New York Showcases New Yorkers Living in Small Spaces

Starting today, five New Yorkers will spend 24-hour periods living in a fully built 325-square-foot micro-unit inside the Museum of the City of New York to demonstrate how to live in a small space.

The excursions are part of the Museum's "Living Large While Living Small" programs this month to showcase the popular exhibition, Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers, in its final weeks at the Museum of the City of New York.

Additionally, the Museum is holding events showing visitors how they can live, decorate, cook and organize in small spaces - all taking place in micro-unit. Visitors can engage with experts as they demonstrate how to comfortably whip up a meal, arrange items and entertain, all before the Labor Day finale of the exhibition on September 2.

The exhibition - unveiled early this year in partnership with the Citizens Housing and Planning Council - presents an array of innovative architectural solutions that could better accommodate the city's emerging housing needs, features a full-scale "micro-apartment" designed and furnished by Clei s.r.l. and Resource Furniture with architecture by Amie Gross Architects.

Over the four-day starting today at 6 PM, five people will take turns living in the micro-unit to fully experience smaller living quarters. The temporary "residents" will greet visitors, discuss their experiences, and live overnight in the unit. Visitors can track their progress through the Museum's and the participants' social media channels.

  • Emily M. will exemplify what it's like to live in the apartment as a single person.
  • Taylor J. and Emily T. will demonstrate what it's like to live in the unit, which can accommodate two single beds, as roommates just starting out in the city.
  • Challie S. and Lina F. will show what it's like to live in the apartment as a couple.

Meet Taylor & Emily: Friday, August 16th from 10:00 AM-6:00 PM

Taylor, 20, is from Rhode Island. She is a senior at Pratt institute where she is studying Fashion Design with minors in Art History and Cinema Studies and is interning at the Museum of the City of New York in the Costumes and Textiles department this summer. She lives in Brooklyn in an on-campus triple dorm room where she shares a kitchen and bathroom with two roommates.

Emily, 21, is from Rockland County, N.Y. She received an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts - Humanities and Social Sciences. She is currently interning at the Museum of the City of New York in the Costumes and Textiles department. She lives in a three-bedroom townhouse with her mother.

You can follow Taylor and Emily via Instagram: vividbrushstrokes, as well as via Twitter: @MuseumofCityNY and Instagram: museumofcityny.

Meet Challie and Lina: Saturday, August 17th from 10:00 AM-6:00 PM

Challie, 29, is a Design Director of Resource Furniture and her partner, Lina, 37, is an attorney. They currently live in a 650 square foot 1-bedroom apartment in Williamsburg.

You can follow Challie and Lina via Twitter: @resourcfurnitur and Instagram: resourcefurniture, as well as via Twitter: @MuseumofCityNY and Instagram: museumofcityny.

Meet Emily: Sunday, August 18th from 10:00 AM-6:00 PM

Emily, 27, is a San Franciscan who came to New York City by way of Oberlin College in Ohio. She is a Public Program Operations Manager at the Museum of the City of New York. An Upper West Sider, she and her boyfriend just moved this past July to a one-bedroom apartment with remarkable closet space, no counter space and too many books to mention.


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