The search for light led to a spacious apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn, a Craigslist find at $3000 a month. The only issue: a wall separating the bedroom from the living space. So Garrett emailed the management company, offering to take the apartment with a few changes: Knock down the wall, paint the pipes and the ceiling, and retile the bathroom. "I mean, it's New York," she says. "If an apartment isn't taken care of, it'll fall apart immediately. And $3,000 a month isn't cheap; we want to get our money's worth. So we thought, we might as well ask. It's kind of like negotiating a salary."