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A Day in the Market

While the Dow Jones plummeted more than 700 points, a reporter and a photographer—stationed on the corners of Broadway and Exchange Place and 48th Street and Sixth Avenue—asked New Yorkers to give their up-to-the-minute reactions to the market.


10:08 a.m. | dow -253.36
erik council,
Multimedia designer
I was considering buying a house, but now I’m not sure.
10:12 a.m. | dow -255.03
michael hall,
Construction-company owner
My brother and I own a business, and Obama wants to take our money from us and give it to other people.
10:24 a.m. | dow -293.58
bonnie wong
Runs the nonprofit Asian Women in Business
My stocks are going down, and I don’t like it when they go down. But I’m pretty optimistic this can’t last forever.
10:28 a.m. | dow -284.34
michael g. cluer,
Landscape architect
I’m a little anxious, mostly for my friends, but I’m not being obsessive.
10:32 a.m. | dow -263.87
linda key-kanuteh,
Jewelry vendor
I just don’t spend on anything but the mortgage and food.
10:36 a.m. | dow -229.78
noah norman,
Technical director for events
When companies see their marketing budgets cut, they’ll stop paying me as much, so I’ve been cooking a lot and eating in.
12:24 p.m. | dow -368.53
dave gallego,
I’m not even looking at my 401(k), let’s put it that way. In ten years, I’ll take a look.
12:28 P.M. | dow -368.13
kathryn hong,
First-year associate at a law firm
It was a very good choice that I went to law school instead of getting my M.B.A.
12:32 P.m. | dow -359.29
billy nash,
Morgan Stanley portfolio manager
The media only focuses on the negative—come on, people, the United States of America is not going out of business.


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