I find money on the streets of New York City almost every day. Nearly every day!
Here I'll post where, when, and how much. When I hit $100,000 I'll stop blogging about it.
TOTAL found money since June 20, 2008 is $62.29.
Today restored hope. After a string of too many zero days to count, I hit a mini jackpot under a munimeter (c'mon, parking meter sounds so much cooler than munimeter) where I found four pennies scattered about. Stick that with one more found near the post office on 11th Street and we're talking a nice solid number; five.
I would like to give a special shout-out to Nino, who is no longer anonymous and always welcome. Thanks for you support and comments. Nice to know you're in it for the duration.
Total haul for the day = .05 + one lifetime reader, Nino, our friend from up north
In its Statehood series of quarters, the U.S. Mint has finally honored an African American on U.S. Tender, which is worth a whole lot more than .25 cents. Duke Ellington is the first African American ever to appear on our money.
Meanwhile, I haven't found a coin in days! I'm freaking out!
UPDATE: I found a crusty old wheat penny in the mulch around a tree on Chrystie Street this morning. I see more when I walk the dog.
Total haul for the day = .01 and a Duke Ellington Celebration!
Let's not talk about yesterday. Today I wanted cake so my dog and I walked to News Cafe on University. They let me bring him in when I buy cake. And he usually gets a croissant, which he generally makes a big scene about and makes me not want to give it to him. One the way home I found a dime and a penny.
UPDATE: Dime found at Houston 1 Train subway station.
Kermit was right. Being green means re-using other people's forgotten and abandoned money, which isn't always easy to find and is frequently dirty. I felt smug finding a penny and recycling it right here in front of Sustainable NYC, a business on Avenue A at Tompkins Square Park in NYC's East Village. And since Sustainable NYC has a round sign, I can also post the image on my Round Sign blog (I think round signs are a sign of economic surplus and will therefore go on the wane in coming years).
Which is worse? Seeing coins on the subway track or in a fountain? At the Met over the weekend I barely caught my daughter as she dove for the pool in the Temple of Dendur, which is littered with coins.
How about this? Which is worse, seeing coins that have been appropriated by hot tar in the street or - and I find this to be much worse - seeing a coin through a locked glass door! Yes, on the dog walk last night a well-lit and shiny new penny mocked me from the locked vestibule of Union Square Wines. I curse whoever locked the place up last night leaving such temptation in view. And I'm sad to know that I will not be there when they open today.
UPDATE: I was not there when they opened but I passed it on my way home from a morning meeting and the penny was still there. Now it's not because my pig ate it. I also found another penny on Rivington.
Late night dog walk yielded another fouled penny near a construction site on 4th Avenue just a few minutes past midnight. I'm off to the Met today. Last time I went there I found a ten dollar bill on the sidewalk on 83rd. Wish me luck.
Three pennies on the 14th Street subway platform right where we got on the train and another on the steps of the museum. The Met was awesome.
One cent found at turnstile coming out of 23rd Street subway station. Another found waiting for bus at 23rd Street. And then the pay day - a dirty dime by a chain link fence circling the construction at Union Square Park. Phew, I needed some silver.
UPDATE: I found another penny - I love this - at the bank. Yup, on the floor by my foot at the teller window at Citibank.
I was thinking about changing the title of today's post from "Dirty Dozen" to "Dirty Baker's Dozen" when I saw a shiny dime under a bicycle locked up to a street sign; I decided to leave the second dime out of the title but it is included in the total.
Back in action today when I found one penny during the morning dog walk. There were Parks employees using a leaf blower to gather all the salt leftover from the snow and ice of the last few weeks. Maybe next time they shouldn't dump so much. I think the blowing uncovered the penny.
UPDATE: Richard Roth and his crew from CNN - the talented and dog-loving Mr. Shine and the lovely Carla (good luck with the internship!) - came with me and Mishka on a walk today to see if I could scare up some spare change. After coming up empty on 4th Ave and 13th and 14th Streets I felt like the North-west side of Union Square park could be good. 13 cents good! I found one very corroded dime, a corroded penny and, then another very shiny penny right next to someone's foot (she didn't seem to mind that I picked it up, but maybe the camera intimidated her from saying anything).
Then Richard started bragging about how he was going to find a quarter so we kept walking and I found another penny on 13th Street. Richard didn't find anything but a fun story, I hope. Thanks, Roth & Crew, Mishka and I had a great time.
When the story gets posted online I'll put a link here. Should be sometime between the 5th and 13th of February.
SECOND UPDATE: More pennies found on street and one on the bus.
I won't lie. I'm scared. I covered a lot of ground today - and bus floors, and movie theater floors - and I didn't see anything but bottle caps and old gum. I think today might be a zero. It all depends on the third dog walk that happens at the end of the day but I have to get out there and find something before midnight for it to count.