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A Couple and Their Feathered Friends Move to East Harlem

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The Hunt: 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: Two bird loving lovers trying to find space for all of the creatures.
Dream: Under $4,500 a month
Reality: $3,500 a month
Dream: East Harlem
Reality: East Harlem
Dream: Two-bedroom, two-bathroom
Reality: Two-bedroom, two-bathroom, two-terrace

Ian Danic, a financial software man who also raises funds to help restore the old Hudson River ferry SS Columbia, moved back to the city from Rockland County following the death of his partner. He and his macaws found themselves in a two-bedroom by the High Line: one bedroom was for Ian, while the other was for his birds. Then Ian met Chris Arnett and Chris left Hell's Kitchen to move in. With two people, the $4,100/month pad (which was about to become a $4,500/month), wasn't big enough, so they set about looking for a new apartment. The couple first considered Williamsburg and Long Island City, enticed by the views of the skyline, but the necessary subway transfers derailed that idea. They found themselves looking in East Harlem, which reminded them of the lively street scene in Hell's Kitchen two decades ago. Eventually, they found a place at the top of a building where the rent had dropped from $7,000 to $3,500. Not only that, it had two terraces, making it great for fundraisers. Sold. While they don't have Citi Bike, they do have East River Plaza and easy parking—and, yes, a separate bedroom for the macaws. [The Hunt/An East Harlem Nest for Us and Our Feathered Friends]