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.
There's a great park in NYC that has AMAZING landscaping. It has to be seen to be believed. Even the mushrooms come up in the right place. It's so nice, I'm not going to say where it is! But I found three cents on the way there.
A slow year. The market crashed. The mortgage industry imploded. The New York Times nearly became the No York Times. The American automotive industry is in collapse. The government pledged $787 Billion for economic stimulus. What a year to start counting found money.
In the past year I found only three paper bills. In every year prior to this one I found more paper money. But I won't give up.
And on we go into Year Two of Found Money. We can do it - we can find a manila envelope with $50K in it.
Yesterday we found five pennies. Total haul for June 19, 20, 21, 22 = .05 and a whole hell of a lot of RAIN.
Saturday = .01 found in the "Coqui!" melee on 3rd Avenue in Spanish Harlem Sunday/Flag Day = .04 found on the way to NJ Transit (bus, walk, subway, walk, train)
Today I saw a dime roll to a stop in the street not far from the curb where I was standing. I picked it up after it fell and it was still warm; it was fresh from someone's hand or pocket. I crossed the street and passed a bunch of school kids and I think I heard one say, "That's my dime." Not any more it's not.
Yesterday was a one cent day. Found a penny on Lexington Avenue. Did not find anything but superior design and execution at the newly opened High Line park in west Manhattan. It is AWESOME.
I can't wait for them to finish the rest of the park because what they've created so far is so good that it will be MOBBED. By the way, no jogging up there - "it's not an exercise park." But they did let my kid haul a** around the place.
I passed this coin in the dirt yesterday here on 118th but couldn't stop to pick it up because I was carrying my 54-pound sleeping wonder. Today I saw it again and was happy to see that it is (barely) a nickel. Also found a penny in the subway station.
At jury duty today a guy in front of me dropped a bunch of change but all the do-gooders helped him recover it. Maybe I'll find something this afternoon near the Astor case which is being held down the hall - with paparazzi and the works.
Thunder cracked loud at 4:30 this morning and woke me up. I enjoyed the light show before falling back asleep. A blackened sky kept us at home during rush hour so we left late this morning but then we ran for it. We found two cents while running. And then I found another penny on the street, a dime on the train, and another penny walking home with my kid, who found a dime somewhere during the day.
(the photo was totally ripped from the Internet - go here to see more)
Total haul today = .25 and about 2 inches of rain
TOTAL to date = $24.88
One friend found seven singles in Brooklyn today. I suggested he purchase a 40 of OE with it.
I almost went ass-over-teakettle today picking up a nickel off of the floor of the 6 train while it was pulling into a station, which is precisely when those ridiculous brakes make you want to take your own eardrums out with a paring knife. I recovered though, five cents richer.
Then I found a penny on 13th Street after watching Star Trek at the Union Square theater where a MOUSE RAN OVER MY LEG while I watched the movie. The theater was THAT empty. Okay, I think it was a mouse. It may have been a SMALL RAT. You've been warned. How was the movie? Who can remember!?
Total haul for the day = .06 and an intimate run-in with a rodent
I've been in Harlem for a month and finally found my first quarter. I also found three pennies on our first walk with the Idiot to Morningside Park (pictured here).
My favorite quote that I've heard in Harlem fits in with today's find. Last night, walking home from Central Park, we passed a guy standing up from a stoop and walking away from his friends and he said, "I think I'll go and try and get a cigarette; I have a quarter." Man, that's a cheap loosey.