there is a large chance that my fiance, me and our dog will be homeless in about 30 days or so, because apartment hunting in Manhattan is the most annoying process in the world. you would think that with 20% of the island's population being real estate agents (well, it seems like it), it would be easier for poor souls like us to find a place that we like and (here's the kicker) that we can actually afford. but no, that's just not the case.
i've realized that NY real estate agents are either:
1) sketchy as hell
4) a combination of any of the above
and apartments in manhattan under $3,000 per month are either:
1) the size of my dog's crate
2) dark as a dungeon with a view of a barbed wire fence
3) on the 10th floor of a walk-up building
4) located so east or west on the island that you might as well be in brooklyn/queens or NJ
5) renovated from dead WWII veterans housing with living WWII veterans as your neighbors
6) a combination of any of the above
with all of this mind, i'm beginning to consider less conventional options. at the top of my list is living in the library of my law school. not only is it in a great neighborhood, we can also benefit from the free food offered by the various school clubs. free broadband internet connection, too.
i mean, it will take my fiance and my dog a little adjusting to get used to it. but it'll pretty much be the same for me, since i spend most of my time there and it's easy for me to fall asleep reading case books anyways.
it's nice to know that there are always options.