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  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Jessica Samakow, 21, intern at AOL
Rent:
$1,300
Broker's fee: None
Broker: Chris Bruggers, A.C. Lawrence & Company (516-978-1486, aclawrence.com, cbruggers@aclawrence.com)
Moved in: August 2010

The search: "There were five of us—and a dog—in a three bedroom. It was a ton of fun for a year, but we all decided it was time to have our own rooms. I found my apartment on Craigslist—I looked for one day and probably saw about ten. It was the first one I saw, but someone else had a deposit on it. As soon as that fell through, I took it. The broker I dealt with said the normal price for my apartment was around $1,600, but because I'm right near the Second Avenue subway construction, I got the construction discount and pay $1,300."

The neighborhood: "I live on top of a bar, and it sucks on comedy night and karaoke night because of the noise, but there are tons of casual bars around, like Marty O'Brien's [1696 Second Ave at 88th St, 212-722-3889] and the Stumble Inn [1454 Second Ave at 76th St; 212-650-0561, nycbestbar.com/stumble], that my friends and I like to frequent to have a few drinks—or a lot of drinks."

The best thing about my place: "The living space was much bigger than other studios I saw for the same price. I also have a very unexpected view: ivy on a brick wall from my small fire escape--porch area."

The decor: "My apartment is girly, modern and metallic. All of my furniture is used for storage somehow. I use a silver metallic trunk as a coffee table. My nightstand is also a bookcase. I love my 'kitchen' table, because the chairs fit directly under it."

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