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Visually Challenged Museum Worker Finds Home On The UES

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Welcome to It Happened One Weekend, our weekly roundup of The New York Times real estate section...

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 Hunter: A visually challenged Met museum worker looking live closer to her job.
Dream: Low-to-mid-$2,000s a month
Reality: $2,200 a month
Dream: Upper East Side
Reality: Upper East Side
Dream: Studio or one-bedroom
Reality: Studio

Emilie Gossiaux grew up with hearing problems and then she was hit by a truck while cycling and her eyesight was destroyed. Still, she went to rehab and returned to New York to finish her studies at Cooper Union, getting an internship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. That internship turned into a job, but the sirens outside her East Village apartment and the hour-long bus commute were too much. So, she started looking for a place near the museum. With the help of an agent and her mom, several places were either too expensive, had construction going on, or were apparently not maintained well. Eventually, they found a 500-square-foot studio and Emilie and her guide dog London are loving life there. There are corner guards on the table and special controls on the oven. Her friends love how much space she has. The agent even waived her broker fee. [The Hunt/Room for the Dog on the Upper East Side]

Metropolitan Museum of Art

1000 5th Ave., New York, NY 10028