We spent about half a day in New York City during our little vacation getaway last weekend. Like the last time we were in the city, we enjoyed just aimlessly roaming around - observing (and appreciating) landmarks, and people, and food. Trying to capture the soul of this great city in a tiny camera is a futile exercise; however, in the spirit of reliving the experience in future, we did click hundreds of snaps. Here are a few of those photographs that had “$” tags attached to them. [The resolution of the photographs has been reduced and some of them have been cropped to make them more manageable. If you want the original (2592 x 1944 resolution) versions - for any reason - just send me an email.]
- Parking rates: this is the first thing you will notice if you drive into NYC - incredible parking rates. Here is an example - check out the rate for exotic cars - see “Mthly Exotic Cars“:
- However, after driving around for a while, we were fortunate enough to find a *cheaper* place a couple of blocks from Times Square (on 44th street):
- Below is another interesting parking option (offered by J&R Music Stores) ~ although not very feasible ~ it would probably take you more than two hours to just walk around the whole store:
- Fine for honking. If I were to collect $350 for every honking incident that I came across while I was in NYC, I wouldn’t be far from being a millionaire.
- Fine for idling. This is the first time I saw something like this. Man… $2000 sounds really steep:
- This is how we got around the city ~ the $7 “1-Day Fun Pass” that gives unlimited rides in the metro (glossy screen is not a good photographic subject):
- Taxi fare ~ sounds pretty reasonable. May be you can even call it *cheap* if you consider the traffic that these guys drive in.
- Buffet-by-the-pound. Nice way to limit buffet-hogging This is also a first-timer for me.
- The city is not always expensive ~ here are a couple of snaps to that effect. There are a lot of roadside, open-air, vendors who sell “cheap” stuff for cheap.
- The city is not always cheap either. Here is a $333,000+ Rolls-Royce Phantom (6.7L, 12 cylinder) waiting outside a hotel near Central Park.
- The richness is beautifully complemented by the National Debt Clock hung outside the IRS building:
- I walked a few steps and just couldn’t take my eyes off the debt clock - here are the updated numbers after a few steps (seconds later) - looks like somebody got a car loan in that time :
- Fortunately, for those who are in debt, and/or those who drive Rolls-Royce (and certain other people who own the Trump Building, etc.), the US Bankruptcy Court is not very far away (a few yards from the famous “Wall Street Bull” statue).
So there…just a small part of The Big Apple in a nutshell for ya.