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NPR: National Public Radio 2 Condos Were Illegally Converted Into 18 Micro Apartments In NYC by Bill Chapel

2 Condos Were Illegally Converted Into 18 Micro Apartments In NYC

Two Manhattan landlords took an unusual — and illegal — route to double their rentable space: cutting their two condos in half horizontally so they could rent out 18 tiny apartments in their Lower East Side building, according to the New York City Department of Buildings.

"The ceiling heights were 4.5 feet to 6 feet tall on each level, depending on where you were standing," Department of Buildings spokesperson Abigail Kunitz said in an email to NPR.