New York Times correspondent Ronda Kaysen reports on New York City's inaugural experiment in social engineering on a granular, literally, micro-unit level

Leasing began Nov. 23, at Carmel Place, the city’s first micro-unit development, a nine-story, modular building at 335 East 27th Street with 55 studios ranging from 260 to 360 square feet. The opening is set for Feb. 1, 2016. No doubt, New Yorkers by the thousands, are keen to be socially engineered for this one-time experiment. Kaysen writes:

The development, previously called My Micro NY, has tapped into a desire common among many singles to live alone. The building includes 14 units designated as affordable, for which some 60,000 people applied, or nearly 4,300 applicants per apartment. The lottery for these units was held earlier this month, and winners will be informed in January.

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