Thursday, May 3, 2007

The Special: A Look at Where Students Live: Dena H. Saleh

Interviews & Photographed by Monica Uszerowicz

Dena H. Saleh
24 years old, Junior at Lang
Neighborhood/Train: Prospect Heights, 2/3 or Q/B
Commute Time: 35 minutes

Rent: Rent-controlled, $1240. Dena pays $415.
Roommates: 2 roommates (friend & girlfriend)
Bedroom/Bathroom: 2 bedrooms, 1 bath
Signed a Lease?: No. Her roommate's girlfriend had the place for a while (hence the rent-controlled bit), moved to Chelsea and essentially handed it over to her girlfriend. The girlfriend invited Dena and her own girlfriend to move in—Dena didn't have to sign a lease because it's under the other two girls' names. So it's legit.
Average Neighborhood Rent: $1700-$2000, although it's sometimes less, sometimes more.

Highlights: Lots of restaurants, Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Really chill neighborhood, close to everything, has beautiful architecture. "It's a really great pocket of Brooklyn."
Drawbacks: "Lots of dog poop everywhere."

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