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: Two Long Islanders looking to have "that New York City lifestyle."
Dream: $3,000 to $3,500 a month
Reality: $3,490 a month
Reality: Midtown South
Samantha and Keith met in high school, reconnecting at Suffolk County Community College, and are now engaged. Samantha has been a hairdresser since she was a teenager and is now working in the Meatpacking District. Keith is a physician assistant at a hospital in Manhasset, Long Island. They plan to eventually settle out there, and were living in a three-bedroom with her sister in Bay Terrace, Queens, but wanted to get a real taste of city life. They parted with the sister and, willing to go small, set their sights on a studio. But it had to be new. She wanted to be the first one to cook in the kitchen. That meant several attempts, before settling on One Sixty Madison, just under the upper limit of their price range. He drives to work in about 20 minutes. She takes a rideshare to work, but walks home on nice days. He can even change into his scrubs without waking her. [The Hunt/The Luxury of Living Small]