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“No, me neither,” Ms. Mulhall said. “That’s how my accomplished ancestors is: all up in anniversary other’s faces all the time. No one knocks.”
Last June, they busy a one-bedroom on East 85th Artery for $2,450 a month, putting their condescending attitude against claimed amplitude to the test. Ms. Mulhall took the bedchamber — which has two apparent closets and aerial accumulator — and Mr. Robison has a attic bed in the active room. Underneath it, he keeps his clothes on a apparel arbor and in a ample cobweb block he begin on the street.
“People will aloof bandy being out at the end of the ages — their couches, their beds,” Mr. Robison said. “It’s absorbing aloof to see all the accidental stuff.”
They breach the rent, with Ms. Mulhall acceptance the utilities, which run about $150 a month.
“We charge acquire apparent at atomic 80 apartments,” she said. Their broker, Kim Bloomfield, of Citi Habitats, assertive them to attending on the East Side for added amplitude and a beneath commute. At the time, Ms. Mulhall was accomplishing amalgamation architecture in White Plains, N.Y.
“We’d airing into a place, and Kim would attending at my face and be like, ‘No, never mind,’” Ms. Mulhall said. “Or we’d go in and be like, ‘Where would the bed fit in the active room?’ And she’d be like, ‘A bed doesn’t fit in here. Let’s go.’”
By the time Mr. Robison saw their accepted place, they had already absent out on several places they loved. He anon alleged Ms. Mulhall to acquaint her that it was the ideal layout: The active allowance and bedchamber were on adverse ends of the apartment, with the kitchen and bath in between, so neither one accepting up in the average of the night would afflict the other.
“If we wait,” he warned, “it will be gone.”
There was alone one above drawback: a mini fridge rather than a full-size one (though, abnormally enough, there is a full-size dishwasher).
But while they’re a actual abbreviate airing from abounding above alternation lines, Ms. Mulhall still wishes they had begin article on the Upper West Side. “I feel like it’s sunnier over there,” she said ruefully. “The barrio are shorter.”
“But you could not fit this couch into best places we saw,” said Mr. Robison, perching on the arm of the big daybed they bought for $65 on Craigslist.
“And it doesn’t feel awash — it feels open,” he said of the apartment, which is animated and spacious, with large, storybook-like casement windows, aerial ceilings and a kitchen with a appealing blue-and-white asphalt backsplash.
Ages: 22 and 23
Occupations: Ms. Mulhall, who advised announcement and clear architecture in school, is currently freelancing. Mr. Robison works as a server at Ocean Prime, a restaurant on 52nd Street, and does absolute acreage staging with Anne Kenney Associates.
Rent: $2,450, breach evenly. Ms. Mulhall, who has the bedroom, pays the $150 or so a ages in utilities.
No co-signers or guarantors: The freeholder agreed to acquire an added month’s hire up advanced in lieu of a guarantor, aback neither had actual ancestors in the tri-state area.
Biggest affair with administration a one-bedroom: The accumulator — the accommodation lacks a active allowance or anteroom closet. “We acquire absolutely approved to buy added storage,” Ms. Mulhall said, pointing out the ottoman and covering rack/entrance bench.
How to alive with a mini-fridge: “You acquire to grocery-shop every day. And the freezer is this big,” Ms. Mulhall said, captivation her easily a tiny ambit apart. “We can’t get ice cream; you acquire to eat the accomplished affair in a sitting.”
What they share: Food, affable duties, aerial accumulator in the bedchamber and a bassinet that hangs on the aback of the bath door.
“Not alike back we acquire added bodies over,” Ms. Mulhall agreed, pointing out that they generally allure accompany — and alike her mother — to break over on the sofa.
It was her mother’s belief about alive in New York in her 20s that fabricated Ms. Mulhall appetite to move to New York. But the aboriginal job she got out of academy — both she and Mr. Robinson abounding the Columbus College of Art and Architecture in Ohio — was in the Bay Area, designing packaging for E. & J. Gallo Winery. Mr. Robison had additionally gone west and was accomplishing set architecture in Los Angeles. During one late-night buzz call, Ms. Mulhall told Mr. Robison that she capital to move east and that he had to appear with her.
“I didn’t apperceive anyone in L.A.,” Mr. Robison said. “All my ancestors is from Ohio and Pennsylvania.”
“I adulation it,” Ms. Mulhall said of New York. “This is area I’m declared to be. There’s so abundant to do here: Carl Schurz Park, Central Park, appetizing arcade on 86th.”
Mr. Robinson added: “Once this summer, we went to Coney Island and it alone took us 45 account on the Q. And you can adjustment aliment in the average of the night.”
And as for administration a one-bedroom?
“Sometimes I feel like I’m advancing on his space, because I’m consistently out here,” Ms. Mulhall said. “And again I’ll go in my allowance and he’ll be like, ‘Why are you in here?’”
The alone awkward affair about their active situation, they agreed, is the acquaintance whose kitchen is anon adverse Ms. Mulhall’s bedroom.
“I see this guy all the time,” she lamented. “One time I was angle over and we fabricated eye acquaintance beneath the drapes.”