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Recent College Grad Seeks 1BR in the East Village

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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 Hunter: a recent college grad looking to rent
Dream: $2,100/month
Reality: $2,100/month
Dream: East Village
Reality: East Village
Dream: Studio/1BR
Reality: 1BR, renovated
"I guess I read up on Thrillist too much, but [the East Village] seemed like a really fun neighborhood," says Jen Dobrovolski, a recent college graduate working in "social and digital marketing." And thus, the tone of this weekend's Hunt is set. Shut it down, people!

Anywho, with a budget of $2,100/month, Ms. Dobrovolski began looking for a studio/one-bedroom apartment in the area. She passed over a bunch of lousy apartments on the Lower East Side and in the Village, eventually finding a newly renovated one-bedroom in a five-floor walk-up with exposed brick in her beloved East Village. She liked the place so much, she moved in last winter, paying $2,100/month, plus a broker's fee of $3,400. Now, she is just "down the street from Westville East," whose mac and cheese "takes it off the map." [The Hunt/A Penchant for the East Village]