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Sofie Hoejgaard Thybo, 24, graphic-design intern; Emil Hjorth-Rohde, 24, graphic-design intern
Deposit: One month’s rent
Moved in: February 2012
THE SEARCH: “We moved from Denmark to New York to do internships,” says Thybo. “We looked for an apartment for about one and a half months. We’d tried Craigslist, but didn’t get many answers, maybe because we [are] a couple and wanted to have a space [to ourselves]. The Listings Project [stephaniediamond.com/listings] was recommended to us by a person in Denmark who [spent some time] in New York. They said it was really easy to sign up. We just got this list every Wednesday. We were able to look at a couple of places before we found this apartment. We took a Skype tour around it.”
THE SPACE: “It’s quite big,” says Thybo. “It has three rooms: a large room with a small, open kitchen and heating plate, a bathroom with a tub, and a big bedroom with a large table for working. We have windows to the garden out back. It’s very cozy, with a lot of light coming in.”
THE NEIGHBORHOOD: “We didn’t know that much about Brooklyn,” says Thybo. “Emil hadn’t been to New York before, and I’d only been here on a week’s vacation. But we talked to the woman [we sublet from] and she gave us a list of things to do around the neighborhood, which has been very helpful. We have Bedford Avenue on one side, which isn’t that cute, but if you go to Franklin there are a lot of small cafés and bars. There are young people moving in, and we have Prospect Park just ten minutes from where we live. We just went to a Mexican restaurant, Chavella’s [736 Franklin Ave at Sterling Pl; 718-622-3100, chavellas.com], and there are a lot of small coffeeshops like Little Zelda [728 Franklin Ave between Park and Sterling Pls].”