As we all know, New York Magazine is particularly ill-equipped to navigate this terrible new depression. But the Best of New York must go on! Still, you may notice a bit of a difference in good and services deemed "best". We'll let editor Jon Steinberg explain, in an email he sent earlier today:
Think about the most fun you've had this year and where you had it. Think about the hardware delivery service that brought you a coaxial cable in the middle of the night when you were hooking up your new flat-screen. Think about the people and services who saved you a ton of money on your apartment/car/birthday party/speaker system/vacation. It's okay to have some expensive stuff in the mix, but it has to be proven as amortizable; ie, that $3,000 mattress that is not only super-comfortable but will last you at least 30 years. Be creative!
Yes, and nothing says "creative" like spinning a $3,000 mattress as somehow economical in any way! What sort of amortizable purchases should you submit?
- $1,000 hoodie with two front pockets for storing coupons.
- $500 haircut that you could photograph and ask a cheaper stylist to recreate, in the future.
- Expensive baby crap you could use on a second child maybe?
- $300 chair that you could burn for heat, should it come to that.
Get your suggestions in by next Wednesday, freelancers!