Photo by myself in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
To most New Yorkers, a washing machine is a luxury item.
Trekking down the street with a bag of dirty laundry is a common urban experience. Most people pass their time at the laundromat by watching tv or reading. The fellow above looks to be plugged in.
Some New Yorkers splurge by dropping off their laundry to be washed (you are charged by the pound). I was never comfortable with someone else handling my underwear!
Dishwashers are luxury items too, but washing dishes by hand is a whole lot easier than washing clothes.
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