Laura Vogel is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer who swears that her neighborhood is the last cheap place to rent in New York City. She has written for publications such as Condé Nast Traveler, the New York Times, Real Simple, the New York Post, In Style, and the Washington Post. She was born and went to college in New England, then ping-ponged across the country between California and New York City twice. In fact, her first post-college apartment was just a nook with a curtain across it in San Francisco.