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Perhaps our favorite piece of correspondence in the two-month history of this site recently arrived in our inbox. Read on for a tear-jerking tale of love, ambition, and the senseless quest for affordable Manhattan real estate.

Dear Powers That Be:

As a two-plus year New York City resident, I will be going on my third apartment in as many years, falling victim to the call of flashier neighborhoods and the promise greener grass.

I have jumped from the post-undergraduate ghetto of the nasty Park Slope tenement to the faux-hipster industrial wasteland of DUMBO, and now, from across the river, Manhattan beckons. But alas, as a young, intelligent, attractive liberals-arts-educated, urban professional with a sense of social conscience, I also fell victim to the call of the nonprofit world and thus am forced to shop within my budget. That hasn