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Crippling Student Debt in NYC; Couple Ends Up in Midtown

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

1) Like last weekend's bombshell, here's some more bleak (if somewhat self-evident) news from The Times real estate section: taking out student loans and then trying to buy or rent an apartment in New York can be extremely difficult, "adding a layer of complication to something that was already plenty complicated." Hooray. ["Young and in Debt in New York City"; photo via Matt Logan/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 Hunters: a couple in Prospect Heights looking to buy
Price
Dream: $750,000
Reality: $780,000
Neighborhood
Dream: Greenwich Village
Reality: Midtown
Amenities
Dream: 2BR, sunny
Reality: 2BR, sunny
Summary
This weekend's Hunters are kind of snobby and actually hooked up on the Craigslist missed connections. Ideally, they wanted to stay in Greenwich Village, but due to their $750,000 budget and their desire for a two-bedroom apartment, they were forced to look in (gasp) Brooklyn, which struck them as "inaccessible" and lacking in "sufficient city conveniences." They also hated Morningside Heights for the same reason ("I felt we were not in the mix anymore . . . it felt farther away than Brooklyn"). Eventually, they found a sunny two-bedroom in the West 50s and paid $780,000 for the place. [The Hunt/"When Plans Go Out the Window"; photo via Matt Logan/Curbed Photo Pool]