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Woman Pays $99 A Week For Upper West Side Apartment

03/06/2011 10:34 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

It's not an urban myth: an Upper West Side apartment that goes for $99 a week.

Dorothy Williamson, 70, a retired computer-systems administrator from Queens, checked into the Imperial Court Hotel at 79th Street and West End Avenue as a "tourist" in 2009 for a 10-day stay.

Two years later she's still there, living as a permanent, rent-stabilized resident, paying $398 a month for a room in a classic pre-war building in one of Manhattan's priciest neighborhoods.

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