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Yes, More Amenities; Delightful Woman Buys 1BR in Midtown

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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?
Once again, The Times takes on ridiculous amenities, this time attempting to paint them as somehow affordable, which let's face it, is kind of ridiculous. Pools, massage rooms, ice skating rinks, tennis courts, basketball courts, playgrounds, bowling alleys, the list of stupid goes on. "It seems like for every block you travel away from the middle of Manhattan, you will find buildings with more and more amenities," said broker John W. Chang, without a hint of irony. "The idea seems to be to create a mini-city with so many amenities that people feel like they never have to leave the building," because apparently that's what living in New York means these days. [Approachable Amenities in New York City Buildings; photo via bklnprtt/Curbed Photo Pool]

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 Hunter: a woman looking to buy
Dream: $300,000
Reality: $400,000
Dream: Downtown
Reality: Midtown
Dream: Prewar walk-up, co-op, view
Reality: Prewar walk-up, view, 1BR
This week's Hunt is a refreshing surprise in that the Hunter is not an insufferable bore at whom you want to throw things. Enter Ms. Rachel Klingberg, 42, a genuinely charming and weird lady (her hobbies include Victorian martial arts) looking to buy her first apartment, with the help of a down payment from her mother. With a budget in the low $300,000s, she started looking downtown for a one-bedroom, pre-war co-op because she doesn't trust newer buildings to "survive the zombie apocalypse." She soon adjusted her sights for $400,000 and started looking in Midtown, eventually finding a refurbished tenement apartment in the West 50s for $399,000. The place has a view, which is perfect for her cat Jasper. "I could live with facing a brick wall if I had to, but I wouldn't put my cat through that," she said. "My cat's happiness is important to me." [The Hunt/Wanted: A View, Preferably of Birds]