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Stable Streets of the Upper East Side; Hunters Hit Hamptons

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Welcome to It Happened One Weekend, our weekly roundup of The New York Times real estate section...

1) History Lessons: wherein we explore our city's past, from Bronx to Battery.
Amidst all the hubbub over the looming carriage horse ban, our equine friends seem to be on the city's mind. So what better time to look back on the rise and fall of the "stable street" in New York? Christopher Gray takes us to East 69th Street, between Lexington and Third, where well-off New Yorkers in the area essentially took over the entire street, buying property and constructing sprawling stables. While the actual process of this development remains somewhat mysterious, mansion owners would essentially find "a vulnerable spot, where the land was vacant, or the adjacent owners seemed powerless to oppose them" and go to town. Stable streets gradually disappeared once automobiles gained popularity, but the stables on East 69th (despite having long since been converted into residences and studios) are remarkably well-preserved and are "a picturesque streetscape of Georgian-style cornices, Victorian red brick and Romanesque arches." ["Architecture for the Upper East Side Horse"; photo via Miles and Company]

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 New Jersey looking to move out to the Hamptons
Dream: $650,000
Reality: $589,000
Dream: Southampton
Reality: Southampton
Dream: 3BR/2BA, pool, fireplace
Reality: 2BR/2BA, community pool/tennis courts, fireplace
We're off to the country this weekend, since Hunters are a New Jersey couple looking to buy in the Hamptons. With a budget of $650,000, they started looking around Southampton, mostly focusing on "teardowns and fixer-uppers" in their price range. Eventually, they got their wish and found a real dump that needed fixing, a job that the husband claims he's happy to take on. They paid $589,000 and spend their rainy days at the TJ Maxx in Bridgehampton. [The Hunt/"A Return to the Hamptons"]