After several months of highly publicized apartment hunting in New York City, Kim Kardashian and hubby Kanye West have closed on a new pad – but the tone-deaf purchase has many New Yorkers saying, “Oh, Yeez”. The celebrity couple considered several other posh addresses, including a penthouse in same building as Leonardo DiCaprio’s Greenwich Village eco-friendly digs, before deciding to buy out an entire micro-apartment building being constructed under the adAPT NYC plan to create smaller, more affordable housing options for New Yorkers. According to reports, the Kardashian-Wests paid three times the amount it cost the developers of MicroCube NY to erect the 7-story Soho tower, and have already begun consulting with their personal architecture team about how to gut the project and turn it into a “massive, urban mega-mansion.”
“I’m a huge architecture buff,” commented West, who was spotted outside of the Soho construction site last Tuesday. “So I know what’s hot in New York and right now, micro apartments are the place to be. My plan is to make this the biggest tiny apartment in the city…and also in the universe.”
Reporters were baffled at the statement but were distracted from asking follow-up questions because of a 20-foot-tall “KK” emblem being hoisted onto the building’s facade. According to Megalo, the enigmatic design team leading the adaptation of the Kardashian-Wests’ new home, the 3-dimensional, prismatic letters are made up of 1,000 smaller Ks made out of a gold-alloy material.
“It’s symbolic,” explained Megalo principal Gunther M. “It’s art.”
But many New Yorkers are less than enthused about Kim and Kanye’s new place – especially those who had been hoping to score a spot in MicroCube NY. “I’m bummed but not surprised,” said long-time Murray Hill resident Taylor Miffed, who had been saving up for one of the micro-apartments since the initiative was announced in 2012. “I like Kanye’s music but why does he feel the need to snatch things away from people who really deserve them?”
Former mayor Mike Bloomberg, who kicked off adAPT NYC during his final term in office, shook his head at the news. “I think they really missed the point,” he said.