Saturday, May 30, 2009

Gracias from East Harlem

I was just thinking yesterday how silly it was that I post about a few pennies every day. And then some of you clever folks read my mind and sent me messages about how you like the blog.

Thanks to all of you who have sent support and to those who just keep coming back to be sure I haven't gotten rich on pennies yet. Your involvement makes it much more fun, so gracias from Spanish Harlem (where I found two HIGHLY oxidized pennies and one shiny one today.)

Photo was taken at Madison and 116th.

Total haul for the day = .03 and some respect

TOTAL to date = $24.17

Friday, May 29, 2009

Whole Pennies

It's been a slow week. Luckily, Whole Foods, in an attempt to support the local economy, let me take home four pennies from the Union Square store (flagship store in Austin, TX pictured above).

Total today = .01 (on Lexington Avenue)
Total yesterday = .04

TOTAL to date = $24.14

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Thank You, Marcus Garvey

Right near the Marcus Garvey Playground at Madison Avenue and 121st Street, I found six pennies. Good thing Mr. Garvey wasn't around to ship them off to Africa.

I've been in Harlem for about a month now and have yet to see a quarter. Be nice to find a twenty too.

Total haul today = .06

TOTAL to date = $24.09

Monday, May 25, 2009

Cyclone Coin/Bone Shaker

I found a few pennies near the World Famous Cyclone at Coney Island. At first I thought they were shaken out of the pockets of people on the ride, but I was wrong. The only thing that ride shakes is your bones and brain. Holy crap, it's a rickety, jaggedy, jerky old thing. Next time I get up the EIGHT BUCKS to ride it, I will wear a helmet and neck brace. The pennies must've been placed there by people making offerings to the gods in hope of surviving the Cyclone.

The image above is part of the cattle-pen entrance to the Death Trap on Wheels.

Coney Island find on Saturday = .05

Other total from the rest of the week = .17 (Pennies and a nickel, mostly in Harlem. Not a single day without at least two cents)

Total haul since last Monday = .22 (and a sore, bone-crunched neck)

TOTAL to date = $24.03

Monday, May 18, 2009

The Recession is Over

Wheat paste graffiti never lies! This was shot on Crosby Street last week.

Saturday = .12 (dime and pennies)

Sunday = .01 (close call)

Monday = Subway shells out two more cents. Someone told me it was filthy to pick up coins on the floor and that I was teaching my daughter bad habits. I told my daughter not to listen to crazy strangers who can't mind their own business. Update: Subway offers up two *more* cents.

Total haul last few days = .17

TOTAL to date = $23.81

Friday, May 15, 2009

Kids Shoot the Darndest Things

My kid shot this picture with my camera on a gallery walk last night where she also found three pennies (updated in yesterday's totals). Today she was shooting a subway grate when she found another penny. And then I found two more pennies and a nickel in SoHo.

Total haul for the day .08

TOTAL to date = $23.64

Thursday, May 14, 2009

In The News on WPIX

Found Moolah made the news again. You can view it here. Just be sure to click on the story "Savings Can Come From Loose Change."

In other news, I've found five pennies so far today. Three of them I heard fall while waiting in line with a friend at the Mud Truck. Two others were found on 13th Street.

Update: three more pennies found during gallery walk in Chelsea after school.

Total haul for the day = .08 and some TV coverage

TOTAL to date = $23.56

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Summer's Coming - Get Out Your Metal Detector

Yesterday I didn't find anything, which often happens on days that I take a taxi.

Today I found a ridiculously oxidized penny between the cobble stones of Crosby Street. I was cold and hunched over and that's probably why I saw it.

It's in the 50s still and I'd rather be sunbathing.

Total haul today = .01 and a chill

TOTAL to date = $23.48

Monday, May 11, 2009


Five pennies is not great find, but tag to that *another* $11 Metrocard and you've got some winnings to celebrate. I found the metrocard on CPW.

Total haul for the day = .05 and a metrocard w/ $11 on it

TOTAL to date = $23.47

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

My child celebrated Mother's Day by finding the first penny today - right in front of our building. And we found three more while cruising around in our finery looking at flowers and eating sweets. Including one on the floor at SpaHa Cafe (our favorite eatery in Spanish Harlem), which has the best sweets in the neighborhood. I wholly recommend the fruit tarts.

And another 6 pennies in El Barrio.

Total haul so far today = .10

TOTAL to date = $23.42

Saturday, May 9, 2009

.22 Clean

Steps from the 116th Street Subway station at Lexington, I found a dime and then another dime at the laundromat. And then two pennies on Lex walking home from a delicious dinner at Moustache (the lamb sandwich is one of the best things in NYC).

Total haul for the day = .22

TOTAL to date = $23.32

Friday, May 8, 2009

Pigs Get Fat, Hogs Get Slaughtered

Six cents at the Bronx Zoo today.

Total haul for the day = .06 and a bunch of souvenir photos

TOTAL to date = $23.10

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Subway Boosts My Personal Economy

Now that I spend HOURS of every day riding the rails, I am finding more money (pennies) on platforms, near turnstiles, and on subway steps. And even in the cars themselves.

Today I scored four pennies thanks to the MTA.

Total haul for the day = .04

TOTAL to date = $23.04

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

23 Skidoo

Two more pennies found while walking the dog this morning put us over the line and into $23 land! Now I'm hoping to find a $20 bill.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Wisteria Will Be Here Soon

Meanwhile, I added three cents to the piggy banks. All from the grimy subway floors.

Total haul for the day = .03

TOTAL to date = $22.98

Monday, May 4, 2009

Penny in the Rain

One penny on East 118th Street on a wet sidewalk. It's been a week since I moved to Harlem and so far, nothing but pennies.

And more pennies. Five more near the subway turnstile and two more by a check out counter. Two more on the street. Harlem might be good for pennies.

Where is the paper!?

Total haul for the day = .10

TOTAL to date = $22.95

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Harlem Lights

Eight pennies today in Harlem, five of which were stacked nicely on the base of a lamppost (sort of like the one pictured above) at Lexington Avenue. Another three on the floor near a check out counter.

May 2nd - one penny found at 116th Street station and another at the hardware store on 119th and 2nd = .02

May 1st - Worker's Day = No Pay

April 30th - .03 Union Square Park

Total haul for the day = .08

Total haul since last update = .13

TOTAL to date = $22.85