Photo by myself, around 15th Street and 7th Avenue, in Chelsea.
Ah yes. Trucking one's underwear down the sidewalk is a familiar sight to every New Yorker.
Many New Yorkers do not have laundry in their apartments, or even in their apartment buildings. This means hauling a large bag down the street, putting it into a machine, waiting, and hauling it back.
The fancier way about it is to drop it off and let someone else do your laundry. If you don't mind someone touching your underwear, you pay by the pound and wind up with all your laundry folded.
I've always been very stingy so I've done my own laundry. Now Mark and I have our own washer/dryer and we feel very spoiled.
Related posts: Outside Bedford Street Laundry, in the Village, Last Wash, Brooklyn, and Sunday Morning, in Park Slope, Brooklyn.