Call it a guilty pleasure, but the New York Times column “The Hunt”–a weekly up-close and personal portrait of a person or a couple or a family trying to find the perfect NYC rental apartment–has become one of my favorite weekly real estate reads.
Yes, I know some of you may think it’s kind of hokey, as well as super-specific about one set of circumstances and desires, but I usually find myself identifying with or enlightened by at least one aspect of each “Hunt”, and, at the very least, am always entertained by their story. It’s also a great way to get a feel for how much NY apartments are going for in whatever neighborhoods are featured in the column.
For example, in last week’s column, Paul Pinizzotto and Laura Wilinski were looking for a Brooklyn rental apartment that would please both of their aesthetic desires: he’s very pre-war; she wants new construction, with all of the amenities that that implies.
After searching rental apartments in Williamsburg (too little space for the money), Ditmas Park (too far for her commute), Prospect Heights (too dated for her), the DKLB BKLN (again, too little space for what they wanted to spend) until finally landing in a 1920s “neo-Colonial style” six-story building in Clinton Hill historic district, a neighborhood neither one of them really knew before the hunt, but a place with which both of them quickly fell in love.
And they’re all like that: New Yorkers trying to find NY apartments, weighing neighborhoods and prices and amenities and style and space. Just like we all do when we go looking for apartments in the city.
The Hunt comes out every week in the NY Times, and there are close to 400 different stories in the archives of people seeking–and finding–NYC apartments (both rentals and sales). Like I said, it may sound a little corny to some, but when you’re going through the process yourself, it can be extremely helpful–and heartening–to read these very different success stories.
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