Leslie Williams lives in the kind of place many New Yorkers dream about, the sort of impossibly beautiful apartment movie directors cast as a home for "arty" characters.
For a time, it was Ms. Williams's dream home. She and her husband, both of whom are in television production, moved in two days before Christmas in 2007 after a renovation, at the time not yet complete, that had already taken about a year.
But soon after moving in to their finished apartment, the couple was getting a divorce.
Three years ago, Ms. Williams and her husband found this "hippy haven" on North Moore Street.
"It was nice to be here once it was all fixed up," she admitted. "A tiny piece of me wishes I could stay here forever. But as my mother said, 'A house is only four walls. You can't tear your heart out.'"
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