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40th Anniversary

What Things Cost

A look at the exponential rise of New York’s cost of living over the past 40 years. (Prices not adjusted for inflation—what you see is what you pay.)

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Burger at ‘21’ Club Movie Ticket Triborough Bridge toll Knish at Yonah Schimmel
$5 → $30 $3.75 → $12 $.25 → $5 $.35 → $3
New York University Undergraduate Tuition Pack of Marlboros Broadway-Show Ticket Room at the Waldorf-Astoria
$2,100 → $37,372 $.35 → $9 $6.21 → $113.18 $18.43 → $559
Box Seats at Yankee Stadium Martini at the Algonquin Hotel Average Taxi Fare (2.5-Mile) The New York Times
$4 → $250 $1.25 → $18 $1.48 → $11.14 $.10 → $1.50
Large Cheese Pizza at Lombardi's Marijuana (per ounce) MoMA Admission Serendipity Frozen Hot Chocolate
$4.50 → $19.50 $15 → $400 $1.25 → $20 $1.75 → $8.50
One Pound of Nova Scotia Smoked Salmon Village Vanguard Cover Charge Subway Fare Financial District Shoe Shine
$9.95 → $34 $3.50 → $25
(No drink minimum to $10 drink minimum)
$.20 → $2 $.25 → $3


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