Free Things New Yorkers Value Most

New York magazine posed this question to 100 Soho pedestrians:
“Which of the following nominally free things would you pay for if that was the only way to get them?”

I was interested to learn that “public bathrooms” beat out “the right to vote.”  Not surprising.  But they also beat out “sex.”   And “network television” beat out sex.

And “copies of The Onion” beat out not only all three of the above-mentioned items but also “drinking water” and “air” and “the love of parents and family.”

And one heartening discovery is that 14 people would pay for “subway musicians” if that was the only way to get them.  I agree.  One of life’s great pleasures.

Right up there with The Onion.

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~ by Cary on November 15, 2009.

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