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The Hunt: 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 couple that needed to get out of Astoria to find a better commute.
Dream: $3,000 a month
Reality: $2,550 a month
Dream: Upper West Side
Reality: Upper West Side
Wayne and Dana are boyfriend and girlfriend. Wayne had moved around a bit, but ended up in Astoria, where Dana was living with roommates. Eventually, he moved in with her, but the commute to Dumbo was a real pain. So, they started looking on the Upper West Side. They wanted a real one-bedroom where they could put their new queen-sized bed. They went with a broker. They looked at a unit in a co-op, but renting in a co-op can be tricky, plus the unit wasn't really suited for two people. Finally, they came to a fifth-floor walk-up on West 72nd Street. They had to pay two rents for one month due to their lease in Astoria, but the new commute makes it well worth it. He hops on the subway, she hops on the crosstown bus, and they can both say yes to more things. They're still figuring out how to beat the crowds at the markets. [The Hunt/For a Better Commute, the Upper West Side]