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West Virginian Mom and Daughter Rent in Astoria

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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 recent graduate looking to buy
Price
Dream: $1,900/month
Reality: $1,700/month
Neighborhood
Dream: Upper East Side
Reality: Astoria
Amenities
Dream: Studio
Reality: 1BR
Summary
This week's Hunt is kind of a weird one. The Hunters are a mother/daughter duo from Charleston, West Virginia, who made plans to move to the city so that 14-year-old Hannah could pursue a career on Broadway. So, with a budget of $1,900, they set out looking for a studio apartment on the Upper East Side, leaving behind the veritable palace that was their two-bedroom townhouse in West Virginia that cost a surreal $550/month. Obviously, they didn't find anything on the Upper East Side, so they set their sights on Astoria instead. Eventually, they found a one-bedroom ground-floor apartment for $1,700/month. They're sleeping in bunkbeds, but young Hannah was accepted at a "performing arts high school" and they seem happy. [The Hunt/Broadway Dreams in Astoria, Queens]