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NEW YORK: New York, a city of exorbitant rents with more and more single residents, is about to get a brand new type of apartment: microunits, for decades prohibited under zoning regulations.A first building of 55 prefabricated studios spanning nine stories is due to welcome its first tenants in Manhattan in the fall. Between 24 and 34 square meters, they come equipped with kitchenettes, shower rooms, storage, large windows, 2.9-meter ceilings and a Juliet balcony. In New York, 31 percent of the population lives alone, both young and older people, according to the statistics office. Workers paint inside a modular apartment unit at a Capsys Corp's factory in Brooklyn, New York, on April 7, 2015 .In New York, regulations designed to help families have prohibited the construction of housing units smaller than 37 square meters in much of the city since 1987 .The city that never sleeps, which is frequently a trendsetter, is lagging behind other cities on microunits.
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