Sometime in the future, perhaps, teleporters like those seen on Star Trek will be a reality. Every co-op and condo building will have one—not for purposes of travel, but for storage. Until technology allows us to beam our bins and boxes of old clothes, holiday decorations, and unused sporting goods to a depot in, say, South Dakota, however, nobody in New York City will have enough space for storage.
Manhattan has been too cramped for a good century and a half. The Bronx, Queens, and especially Brooklyn are also feeling the crunch of close quarters. Mini-storage companies, aware of the premium of space, now charge more than a hundred bucks a month for the equivalent of an inconveniently located extra closet—many storage facilities have waiting lists of people willing to pay.
What can cooperatives and condominium boards do to combat the clutter problem? One option being used more and more is to convert unused basement space to storage units.
A Common Solution
Already ubiquitous in space-challenged Manhattan, basement storage facilities can now be found in buildings in Brooklyn, Queens, and even parts of the Bronx.
“Basement storage is very common,” says Josh Goldman, president of Bargold Storage Systems in Long Island City, a company that builds and installs a variety of storage units.