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An Actor and His Dog Find a Home on the Upper West Side

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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: An actor who wanted to be able to walk to work.

Price

Dream: Low $3,000s a month

Reality: $2,700 a month

Neighborhood

Dream: Upper West Side

Reality: Upper West Side

Amenities

Dream: One-bedroom

Reality: One-bedroom

Summary

Actor Conrad Ricamora moved to the city from Knoxville, TN three years ago and got a part in the revival of The King and I, but he thought the commute from Long Island City to Lincoln Center was a pain. It could take up to 45 minutes and he couldn’t hang out with his castmates after the performances. So he started looking for a place near work. After finding at least one in poor condition and one with an en-suite bathroom (who wants people going through their bedroom to use the bathroom?), he went with what was actually the first one he saw: a one-bedroom on the Upper West Side, four flights up. Now, he can walk to work (he’s swapped his unlimited MetroCard for a pay-per-ride), hang with the cast after the show, and get lost in Central Park with his dog Wilbur. If you’re not a theatergoer, but Ricamora’s name is familiar, it could be that you’ve seen him on ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder. [The Hunt/An Actor on the Upper West Side]