Stats, Money, and NYC


Bookstores in NYC

I had three hours to kill before meeting up with someone after work. In order, how I spent my time:

  1. Subway ride (20 min)
  2. Bought and ate Candy (5 min)
  3. Strip Club (20 min)
  4. Starbucks (90 min)
  5. Bookstore (45 min)

When I got to the bookstore it was 7:15PM in LIC. The bookstore was 2 floors, giant space. Rent must have been $8K/month. They had 3 employees ($22K/month). They closed a total of $0 in sales while I was there, and it wasn't looking like it was going to pick up any time in the next decade. But at least the place looked really hip.

I needed to know how this place could be such a disaster so I talked to the guy behind the counter.

"Is this place new?"

"{long winded way of saying we've been here for a year}"

"Oh. Is it not going well?"

"People seem really happy that we are here"

I know that is word-for-word what his response was because it's been stuck in my head. Oh, great. People are happy you are here.

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