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Upper East Side Apartment Gives Couple a Workout

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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 DC couple making the move to NYC.

Price

Dream: $2,200 to $2,500 a month

Reality: $2,500

Neighborhood

Dream: N/A

Reality: Upper East Side

Amenities

Dream: One-bedroom

Reality: One-bedroom railroad

Summary

Laura and Rodion met working at a Ruby Tuesday and were living in Washington, D.C. They wanted to move to New York City, and he got a transfer and she found a job in Soho. But they had to find a place to live. They wanted a one-bedroom and looked mostly on the Upper East Side. One place was tiny and on the ground floor, another had a downstairs neighbor that was overly sensitive about sound, and someone beat them to the punch on yet another. They looked at Midtown East, but found themselves back uptown, in a fourth floor, walk-up, railroad apartment. It gives them a workout, but it’s even bigger than their DC place. [The Hunt/The Walk-Up Life on the Upper East Side]