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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Greetings from New York

Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn NYC
Photo by myself in downtown Brooklyn, Saturday.

Mark and I were stopped at a red light when we spotted two people dressed up as Lady Liberty, most likely working for a tour group soliciting new clients for an accounting firm.

One of the costumed 'Statues' noticed my camera and waved a friendly hello.


Mark and I drove out to nearby New Jersey Saturday, to visit some family. While shopping for sandwiches at the local supermarket, Mark scored cane sugar and two huge jugs of laundry detergent.

'The sugar is two dollars less here!' he said excitedly. 'Oh and we should fill up on gas.'

New York, meet New Jersey.

There are houses and lawns in New Jersey, and monstrous supermarkets to feed everyone. We have supermarkets in NYC, but nothing like the ones in the 'burbs. After all, most New Yorkers are on foot and can only drag a couple bags of stuff home and up three flights of stairs.

Real estate is also expensive. In New York, goods seem to be priced in terms of shelf space. I'm struck by how people in other cities can drive around to compare prices. We don't have that luxury.

Many New Yorkers are limited to a five block radius for the essentials. So within five blocks, you can usually find a dry cleaners, a laundromat, a grocery store, a shoe repair shop, a liquor store and a 24-hour deli. Oh and of course at least two Starbucks.

On the other hand, that saying about how you can get anything at anytime in New York is true. You can get just about anything here....provided you're willing to pay the price.

Related posts: The View of Liberty, Finally Home and Step Lively.


Pat and Abe said...

Nice wave from the statue there.

Kizz said...

Those guys are actually from an accounting firm with Liberty in the name. They stand around that corner from about February to April handing out incentives to get people to come get their taxes done at Liberty instead of H&R Block. I always feel a little sorry for them. This guy looks much cheerier than most of the people I've seen doing it.

Greensboro Daily said...

New York is so full of people with creative energy! Your site captures the pulse of that great place!

Mame said...

Lady Liberty never looked batter. Great shot.

ChickenUnderwear said...

I really like the bus ad in the background and the pigeon flying by.

I live in Park Slope, I took my 8 year old twins into a NJ supermarket and they freaked out. It blew their minds to be in a store the size of their school with like nobody in it.

Lily Hydrangea said...

he looks so friendly too.

tr3nta said...

:-) nice statue of L.