New York Cheat Sheets

NY Times ran an amusing series of illustrations from Christoph Niemann

All New Yorkers develop tricks that allow them to stay ahead of the pack in daily life. These are generally tightly guarded secrets, but now that I don’t live in New York, I have generously decided to share some of mine. What follows are a few handy charts that will, I hope, help readers to improve their lives.

One Reply to “New York Cheat Sheets”

  1. Cost

    One of the most frustrating things in New York is that everything is always much more expensive than (a) you think and (b) what the price tag says. One way to come up with a reliable budget is to use the following Price-vs.-What-You-Actually-End-Up-Paying-Ratios. Digital camera: Add 30 percent. (Because the particular model you picked is out of stock, and the one that’s left is more expensive. Plus sales tax.) Burger and beer: Add 60 percent. (Tax and tip for you and for that friend from Europe who left early and “didn’t know” that you have to pay tax and tip.) Phone plans: Add 130 percent. (To cover F.C.C., U.S.F., T.R.S., A.B.C., C.I.A. and LOL.)

    Very true observations.

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