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Veteran New Yorkers Buy in Downtown Brooklyn

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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 Hunters: an older couple looking to rent
Dream: $6,000/month
Reality: $5,664/month
Dream: Park Slope
Reality: Downtown Brooklyn
Dream: 2BR, stair-free, parking spot, view
Reality: 2BR, stair-free, parking spot, view, washer-dryer
This weekend's Hunters are an older couple who have lived in Park Slope since 1966. Their townhouse (which they originally bought for $32,500) just sold for a cool $3.3 million, and they decided to move to a building with an elevator, hopefully somewhere in the neighborhood. However, as 78-year-old Cathy Nemser says, "It seems that in a way, Brooklyn is not that elderly-friendly — unless you're just loaded." So with that in mind, they began looking for two-bedrooms in larger buildings in Downtown Brooklyn, eventually coming across a nice apartment with a view of the skyline and the BQE ("We could do a traffic report," says the delightful Mrs. Nemser). The rent is $5,495/month, plus $150 for parking and $19 for storage, and they moved in last winter. [The Hunt/In Downtown Brooklyn, a Rental With No Stairs; photo via Michael Tapp/Curbed Photo Pool]