Welcome to It Happened One Weekend, our weekly roundup of the New York Times real estate section...
1) Rich people. What are they spending millions of dollars on? What are they complaining about? This is What's Up With Rich People?
If Joffrey Baratheon can teach us anything, it's that rich people require constant stimulation and entertainment. Thus, it should come as no surprise that certain luxury buildings are now screening movies on their roofs as a means of appeasing their querulous residents in the summertime. "I demand Oz the Great and Powerful!" they bellow, lazing on a chaise lounge as man-servants feed them grapes and fan them with palm fronds. "Fetch me Oz the Great and Powerful, pathetic worm!" Rich people also love James Franco. ['What They're Watching on the Roof; photo by arciteka']
2) Every "The Hunt" column begins with the hunters describing the apartment they want, and ends with them rationalizing whatever they came away with. This is The Hunt: Dreams vs. Reality
The Hunters: a couple from Seattle seeking a spacious two-bedroom
Dream: around $6,000/month
Dream: "a vibrant Manhattan neighborhood"
Reality: Greenwich Village
Dream: indoor/outdoor space, kitchen counter space, large closets, lively neighborhood
Reality: two bedrooms, lots of space, noisy at night
This week's hunters can kindly be described as...finicky. After spending three years in Seattle, they decided to move to a jumping Manhattan neighborhood. The wife ruled out a bunch of places, describing the beams in one apartment as "oppressive" and nixing another because the bathroom door was facing the bed with the toilet facing the door (apparently this is terrible feng shui). They settled on a 1,000-square-foot apartment on the top-floor of a walk-up in Greenwich Village. The closets are from Ikea and there are barely any outlets in the apartment, but there's rooftop access and the husband (who's Italian) is happy because the kitchen counter is spacious enough for his prosciutto slicer. Semi-success? [The Hunt/'A Quick Search Ends in the Village']