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Micro-Apartment Exhibition Shows New Yorkers How To Live Large In Small Spaces

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With the help of a few informative seminars on organization and space-saving, New Yorkers can learn to live comfortably in small quarters. NY1's Jill Urban filed the following report.

Even though people pay big to live in this city, most New Yorkers live small, and some live really small.

At the Museum of the City of New York’s special micro-apartment exhibition, there will be a series of seminars that will help people who live in a box learn to think outside of one.

"We're standing in a 325-square-foot micro-unit," says Donald Albrecht, a curator with MCNY. "It is 75 square feet smaller than what's currently allowed in New York City, and over the next few weeks, we're going to be doing a series of demonstrations that actually show how you can live in such a space."

From now through Labor Day, visitors can experience the space and gain tips from experts on how to use a small space efficiently.

For example, the entire 325-square-foot micro-unit is furnished with multi-functional furniture or pieces that creatively hide away.

"Within this box of an apartment, there is a lot of outside-the-box thinking, which is that everything goes away when you don't need it," says Lisa Blecker of Resource Furniture. "When you're not grading papers, you don't see the office. When you're not eating dinner, you don't see the dining table. It disappears. When you're not sleeping, the bed goes away. It's an easy thing to do with the right equipment."

The seminars will be hosted by various experts. There will be demonstrations on everything from cooking and entertaining to organizing a micro-space.

Recently, Ann Lightfoot and Kate Berger, founders of Done & Done NYC, shared their tricks for living large in a small space.

"Generally, what we're working on is how to pare down your things to live in a smaller space," Lightfoot says. "Often, people feel they can't fit where they're living, and we're going to show them that they have a lot of space that is not being used."

While the seminars are designed to show people how to make the most of a small space, this weekend, a few tenants will actually put the unit to the test and live there for three nights. Then, they will share their experiences with visitors.

For those who would like to experience the unit and learn how to make the most of a small space, the exhibition runs through Labor Day.

For more information, and for a schedule of seminars, visit mcny.org/exhibitions/

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