Welcome to It Happened One Weekend, our weekly roundup of The New York Times real estate section...
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 couple moving to New Jersey
Reality: Bayonne, NJ
Dream: 2BR, washer-dryer
Reality: 2BR, washer-dryer, closet space
This weekend's Hunters are a couple originally sequestered on Roosevelt Island, who didn't quite like the long commute into New York. After searching for a relatively inexpensive (no specifics) two-bedroom apartment in Manhattan and coming up empty, they expanded their search to New Jersey, apparently willing to sacrifice a reasonable commute to their respective jobs. They soon found a huge two-bedrom apartment in Bayonne (birthplace of George R.R. Martin and Shaquille O'Neal), with a washer-dryer, lots of closet space, and a nice view of the Bayonne Bridge. They're now paying $2,500/month and have become "the people who say, 'We are going into the city.'" [The Hunt/"Full of Character for a Lot Less Rent in Bayonne, N.J."]