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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 moving from the suburbs
Dream: Midtown West
Reality: Midtown West
Dream: 1BR, doorman high-rise
Reality: 1BR, doorman high-rise, construction site
This weekend's Hunters are couple who moved out to the wilds of Long Island a few years back, hated everything about it, and decided to return to the city. They were looking for a large one-bedroom in a high-rise building with a doorman in Midtown West, preferably in the 50s. They soon found a nice, below-market apartment on Central Park South, right next to the construction site for the massive Nordstrom Tower. For $3,795/month, the couple has the privilege of waking up at 7 in the morning to the sound of jackhammers until 2018. [The Hunt/"Suburbs: Been There, Done That"]