I've been looking for apts like crazy recently. I saw this place on St. Mark's Place (above) a few days ago. Lots of light, but tiny living room space (plus, don't really want to live on St. Mark's).
I looked at a place on Clinton (btw Rivington and Delancey) tonight - a bit pricey, but it's got high ceilings, brick walls, and outdoor space big enough for grilling burgers. I'm not sure how much sunlight it gets so I'm going to go back and check it out again tomorrow am.
I need to move out by February 1, so if anyone knows of any 1 bdrm apts in the Lower East Side, drop me an email.