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: two young women looking to rent
Dream: Upper East Side
Reality: Upper East Side
Dream: "True" 2BR
Reality: 2BR, large bedrooms, new appliances
This weekend's Hunters are two interior designers living their best lives here in New York. They decided to look for a two-bedroom apartment on the Upper East Side (the so-called "Girl Ghetto"). Their budget of $2,700/month meant that their options were limited, and they were "horrified" when their agent suggested they convert a studio into two rooms. Eventually, they found a two-bedroom in a walkup in the East 90s, asking $2,675/month, with large bedrooms and new appliances. The windows, regrettably, face an airshaft and they live above the super, who complains when they "come home in the middle of the night with heels on," but they seem happy and the place is "perfect for two girls who are never home." So basically, they are just like the characters in The Last Days of Disco! [The Hunt/On the Upper East Side, Makeshift Bedrooms Need Not Apply; photo via Katie Killary/Curbed Photo Pool]