Your best bet is to keep on top of your internet searches. Additionally, with that budget, you need to find a couple of roommates. Soho is one of the more expensive neighborhoods in Manhattan and $2200.00 may be unrealistic. However, nothing is impossible. Persistence is the key to your search.
Since this question was asked way back in Dec, 2007, I highly doubt Barbara is going to "call you".
Also try to be realistic, Manhattan is expensive and your budget can be very low unless you are willing to compromise on location and area. Good luck
Second, you'll need to devote a large portion of your time in checking every real estate related site to find something that doesn't exist. Should you be so lucky as to find a bargain, you'll notice all the other renters waving money in their hands in the direction of the owner or agents representing the property.
If you've found a bargain, I can assure you thousands have as well. I'm sure you don't want to pay a commission, hence the solo approach. You may have to yield to the reality of the situation eventually. Good Luck.
Are you looking for a loft in Soho ,Manhattan? Did you mean $2,20000.00?
The days of finding an bargain artist/industrial loft are decades over! An artist friend of mine about 4 years ago was renting part of her Soho loft out for $3000.00 with no kitchen and what a deal it was then! ( it was over a noisy bar too!) I'm not a loft expert and I 'm most familiar with the Upper Westside, but this past August the least expensive apartment I was able to find in Manhattan, for my client was a tiny 5th floor 2 room apartment walkup on East 34th St for $1750 without utilities or laundry facilities!