The One That Got Away

What 10 New Yorkers learned after calling it quits on their homes

By Leigh Kamping-Carder  | February 13, 2015 - 9:59AM

Valentine's Day is a polarizing holiday, dividing up the world into those ashamed of being alone and those pressured to fulfill some romantic ideal. (OK, so maybe we can all agree that it's the worst.) But for New Yorkers, the emotional rollercoaster of finding, locking down, living in, and moving out of an apartment is arguably just as fraught as that of a love affair. 

Last year, we spoke with almost a dozen New Yorkers who had each loved—and lost—an apartment in the city. Hearing their stories, which formed the basis of a biweekly column called “The One That Got Away,” we heard about the dealbreakers that can turn even the most sprawling luxury apartment into a metaphorical dungeon or, conversely, make a head-smackingly cheap rent too steep a price to pay. Sometimes a break-up is in order. 

Below, what New Yorkers learned the hard way about leaving the apartments they loved:


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