If you want get a thrill at how ingenious and adaptive New Yorkers are, look at this video about the people who built a shipping container house in Brooklyn.
Using just 5 shipping containers the builder/architects who owned a 20 ft vacant lot in Williamsburg, built their home for $50,000. They didn’t intend to go this route originally but building conventionally cost too much so they thought laterally.
Would it have been possible on Fifth Ave, on the unlikely chance there was a vacant building lot there? Well probably not. But as we all know Brooklynites are allowed to be as innovative as as they like.
Such a quick, successful and cheap way of building is a powerful message to city officials who recognize there is a big disconnect between the need for low-cost housing in NYC yet most new building right now consists of luxury apartments.
It’s unlikely a rash of shipping container houses will happen anytime soon but the more examples of innovative low cost housing solutions there are, the more likely it is that doing this type of building will become mainstream rather than a quaint experiment.
New York has always thrived on welcoming and encouraging people from many different backgrounds and economic circumstances. So we have to keep offering a built environment that allows people to have good housing choices at lots of different price points. LIKE that New Yorkers can be relied on to be innovative.