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From Long Island to Manhattan for a Better Commute

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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 Hunters: A college grad looking for a reasonable commute.

Price

Dream: $400,000 to $600,000

Reality: $455,000

Neighborhood

Dream: Midtown or Downtown

Reality: NoMad

Amenities

Dream: One-bedroom

Reality: Studio

Summary

After college, Steven moved back in with his parents on Long Island, but his job was in Manhattan. That meant a two-hour commute each way. He tried teaming up with friends to rent a place in the city, but the friends dragged their feet. So, he teamed up with his parents to find a place they could eventually rent out, with a one-bedroom being their goal. After one that was just too individual to ever become Steven’s and several others that didn’t work out, they set their sites on a studio. They found one north of Madison Square Park. Steven loves his 15-minue walk to work and says he’s eating better. [The Hunt/For Now, a Studio Near Madison Square Park]