Mayor Bloomberg is looking out for the little people … the really little people!/ChrisFranjola/status/222765297097129984

New Yorkers have long complained that city apartments are like roach motels. If Mayor Bloomberg gets his way, they’ll be about the same size.

Mayor Bloomberg launched a contest Monday to stir development of teeny-tiny apartments — called micro units — for young singles willing to cram themselves into shoebox-sized digs.

The new closetlike flats will be just 275 to 300 square feet — larger than a jail cell but smaller than a mobile home — and will have special permission to ignore city rules requiring newly built apartments to exceed 400 square feet.

The "micro-apartments" Mayor Bloomberg is pushing for are supposed to cost around $2,000/month. CRYING.

— PJ (@pjhoody) July 10, 2012

At 5 feet 6 inches tall, it’s not surprising the mayor thinks size doesn’t matter.

Mayor Bloomberg wants to squeeze in more affordable housing, by building 300 square-foot apartments. Hey, we're not all 5-foot-2.

— Michael Wallace (@MikeWallaceWCBS) July 10, 2012

But could there be more to Nanny Bloomberg’s “Honey, I shrunk the studio” plans?

Bloomberg’s thinking here is obvious: People will be far less likely to buy a Big Gulp if they know the cup won’t fit in their apartment

Bloomberg only wants New Yorkers to lose weight so they can easier fit inside tiny apartments.

— Julius July (@juliusjulynyc) July 10, 2012

Theory of everything: Bloomberg soda ban, war on obesity, really just a way to get people to fit into the new micro-apartments.

— Jody Avirgan (@jodyavirgan) July 10, 2012

Despite Mayor Bloomberg’s diminutive size, the Twitterverse suspects he won’t be taking up residence in one of these “cozy” closets.

He wants to live there too? RT @NewYorkPost: Mayor Bloomberg unveils plan for 10 x 30 foot "micro-unit" apartments

— Michael (@_cypherpunks_) July 10, 2012

More “do as I say, not as I do” from New York’s nanny in chief. The Daily News reports that Bloomberg’s “12,500-square-foot upper East Side townhouse is about 40 times as big as the micro units.”

One New Yorker has a counter-proposal for Bloomberg.

Yeah, he’ll get right on that. Just as soon as he stops trying to ban stuff he has no intention of forgoing.

HE dumps salt on almost everything, even saltine crackers. He devours burnt bacon and peanut butter sandwiches. He has a weakness for hot dogs, cheeseburgers, and fried chicken, washing them down with a glass of merlot.

And his snack of choice? Cheez-Its.

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Mayor Bloomberg is looking out for the little people … the really little people was originally seen on Healthy Honey


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