I think the moral of this essay in the Village Voice is that even though it costs a bundle and a half, use a broker when you're getting a New York apartment. It would be so easy for anyone in this town or any other to show their own (rented) place, take thousands of dollars in security deposits and rent, then take off for points overseas without U.S. extradition treaties. I'm surprised it doesn't happen more often. Maybe it does, and those kinds of stories are so common they just don't make the news.
(Linked via Gawker)