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Jersey City (There Was No Choice)

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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 firefighter whose job requires him to live in Jersey City, and his bride-to-be.


Dream: Something below the $3,000s a month

Reality: $2,780 a month


Dream: Jersey City

Reality: Jersey City


Dream: One-bedroom

Reality: One-bedroom


This story starts and ends in New Jersey. Craig had been a volunteer firefighter since graduating from high school, but wanted to turn pro, and had put his name in with the Jersey City Fire Department. If selected, that would mean he’d have to continue his residency there, where he had a studio. Then there was Katie, a school counselor who worked with Craig’s mother (and set them up). She had looked at Hoboken, but seeing what they saw in Jersey City, she liked it even better. They tried to find a one-bedroom in a brownstone with laundry. He had a dishwasher and laundry in his studio, but they had no luck. Eventually, they found their way to a one-bedroom on a low floor at the Morgan, located in the Powerhouse Art s District. They don’t have a view, but they have good lighting and a stacked washer/dryer. They have friends over, and there isn’t too much noise. Craig is now a probationary firefighter in JC. [The Hunt/Nonnegotiable: A Jersey City Address]