Welcome to It Happened One Weekend, our weekly roundup of The New York Times real estate section...
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 family of five looking to rent
Dream: Upper East Side
Reality: East Harlem
Reality: 2BR, Central Park views
This week's Hunters are a family of five Utah Mormons, ambitiously looking for a two-bedroom apartment on the Upper East Side for $2,500/month. After realizing how insane that sounds, they expanded their search to East Harlem (of course, after being reassured that "it's not the Harlem you once thought of"). They soon found a two-bedroom just off 110th Street with views of Central Park for $2,700/month. They seem happy, though they adorably complain about the fact that everyone in the complex "curses like sailors." Scandalous! ["The Hunt/"The Sound of Waves Gives Way to Horns"; photo via lastcallsteeve/Curbed Photo Pool]