Looking for an apartment in Manhattan takes patience, courage, and, sometimes, a bag full of cash
By Martha McPhee
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Martha McPhee is the author of four novels, most recently Dear Money. This essay will appear in the collection What My Mother Gave Me: Thirty-one Women on the Gifts That Mattered Most, to be published this spring.