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Racked Editor Stays Put on the Upper East Side

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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: a young woman looking to rent
Dream: $1,950/month
Reality: $1,800/month
Dream: Upper East Side
Reality: Upper East Side
Dream: Studio, sunny, elevator, laundry
Reality: Studio
This weekend's Hunter is a young woman named Callia Hargrove, who (full disclosure) also works as an editor over at our sister site Racked NY. After living in a studio on the Upper East Side for a few years, she decided it was time to upgrade. Because the Upper East Side was one of the few neighborhoods where she could live alone "and not be bankrupt." However, she still couldn't find a reasonable studio that was sunny and had an elevator, laundry, and lots of light after looking at a number of apartments in the area. Instead, she decided to just stay put and update her current apartment, paying $1,800/month plus the costs of renovation. "I was looking for a treasure, which is hard to find in the city," she said. "Everybody wants a Cinderella story. You always want to think you can find something better, but that's not how it happens. That isn't reality." Real talk. [The Hunt/An Upper East Side Apartment Hunt Goes Full Circle; photo via Katie Killary/Curbed Photo Pool]