And that'd be me.
I did the deed today and signed an apartment lease. Finally. Couldn't afford to stay in pricey Carnegie Hill area of Upper East Side, so I moved to the Upper Upper East side, known as East Harlem/Spanish Harlem. Yep. El Barrio. But I have a Park Avenue address, I'm still in Manhattan, and I'll be paying $300 less than where I am now. Plus, it's a one bedroom. Yea! Three nice size closets, to boot. Subway just around the corner.
I found - on my own, no broker fee! - a beautiful, newly-renovated pre-war building (marble hallways, elevator, high ceilings, hardwood floors, arched windows, new stainless steel kitchen). I'm on the 5th floor so I'm above the fray, as it were. Perseverance, my friends, pays off in the end.
Better brush up on my Spanish, though. I have exactly one week . . .