Sunday, June 29, 2008

Lucky 13

10:23 a.m. in Union Square Park I saw someone that closely resembled Franklin D. Roosevelt without his glasses. When I looked a second time I saw that it *was* Franklin D without his glasses - on a dime. It was glinting up from the grass.

At Tisserie about ten minutes later I found one penny on the floor next to the cashier's counter and another by the Barista's counter. I guess people are aware of it when they drop pennies but they fear being seen as cheap or miserly if they pick them up so they just leave them. It's sad how much shame can be brought on by money.

The real excitement came on the down escalator at the Union Square Movie theater around 5:00 p.m. (after seeing WANTED) when I saw a penny perched right at the edge of the landing. There were people behind me. Would I have enough time to step off the moving escalator, turn around, and scoop it up without getting trampled? Could I pick it up on the fly? There was no time for that. I had to double back. Not only did I get it without losing a finger to the moving stairs or the departing movie-goers, but after I stood up my friend said, "Nice scoop," and he doesn't even like pennies.

TOTAL haul today = .13

TOTAL since June 22, 2008 = .54

Saturday, June 28, 2008

One A Penny Poker

One penny found in front of Walgreen's at 14th Street and 4th Avenue. It was on the 14th Street side near the Walgreen's entrance.

Total to date = .41

Friday, June 27, 2008

The Line Forms on the Right, Dear

The Catholic Church must be flush because they've got change sitting out on the front lawn. I found a shiny new penny on the Prince Street sidewalk across from the wall of St. Patrick's (in front of the parochial school) between Mulberry and Mott Streets. 10:07 a.m.

The second cent was cleverly hidden in the root structure of an old Elm tree in Union Square Park. It was trying hard to blend in and had oxidized to the color of dirt but that penny shape is unmistakable. Plucked at 11:32 a.m.

The third cent was found near the Blimpie at 4th Avenue and 13th Street - again! 3:02 p.m.

Miss Lulu Brown and Polly Peachum graciously contributed to this post.

Total haul for the day = Three pennies
TOTAL to date = .40

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Get Out Your Calculator...

And look up the UK Pound exchange rate - I found 5p. That's 5 pence. This currency calculator tells me that the little 5p coin is worth 9 cents! Although it qualifies as found money I won't be factoring the total into the TOTAL to date because it's hard to exchange a 5p coin.

Found at 9:23 a.m. 13th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008


Hot diggity damn. 21 cents in four blocks.

Wet dime found in front of flower stands at deli on southwest corner of 1st Avenue and 13th Street. It was in a small puddle of clean water in front of carnations and baby's breath. 9:31 a.m.

Penny found on 13th Street behind the old Palladium, in front of the Bank Street Daycare. 9:42 a.m.

Second dime found in front of Blimpie's on the corner of 4th Avenue and 13th Street. I was running for the light (shortest light in Manhattan is the 13th Street light at 4th Avenue) and had to put the brakes on to pick up the dime. Still made the light. 9:43 a.m.

People in this town must be *rich.*

TOTAL to date = .37 cents

One Cent

One penny found in front of the door of the Subway on 4th Avenue at 12th Street. I was walking home at the end of the day and really worried that I wasn't going to find any money. Then I bumped into a friend and chatted just long enough to spot a grumpy penny loitering near the Subway door.

Total to date = .16

Monday, June 23, 2008

Union Square West by the Newsstand

One penny on the sidewalk in front of the newsstand next to the park. 11:30 a.m.

TOTAL to date = .15

Sunday, June 22, 2008

14th Street, sidewalk across from Circuit City

Two candy-covered pennies. It was raining and the candy melted enough to show the copper. I rinsed them off at home. Looked like there had been a fight in the bottom of a purse between two cents and a cherry-flavored lifesaver. Who won? Me! I got two cents for walking out the door.

Total to date = .14

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Friday, June 20, 2008