New York Today: Living on Bitcoin


Living on bitcoin alone is not easy.

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Good morning on this inclement Monday.

Bitcoin can make we dirty rich, though it still won’t buy we a buttered hurl during your bodega.

How do we know? We tried.

For 36 hours final week we lived on Bitcoin alone. Surviving on a cryptocurrency, even in one of a world’s financial capitals, wasn’t easy. It compulsory prolonged transport rides to far-flung vendors where we was mostly a initial Bitcoin-paying customer.

To get started, we bought 0.00737523 Bitcoin ($50) on Coinbase, a renouned cryptocurrency exchange. It took an hour, $1.99 in fees, uploading a print ID, and job my bank after a assign was flagged as presumably fraudulent.

Coinbase also canceled my initial try to buy a flighty banking since a cost had fluctuated in a 10 seconds or so it took me to check out.


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I went to bed and woke adult with Bitcoin value $50.14 in my digital wallet and a list of things to accomplish: grocery shop, do laundry, buy socks, work out and get a haircut.

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But first, we indispensable coffee.

The closest place we found was Kavasutra in a East Village, a 30-minute transport float away. (The transport does not accept Bitcoin, so to float we had to cheat.)

After pulling a shot of cold decoction for 0.00014486 BTC, or $1, a barista called adult a QR formula on an iPad. we scanned it with an app on my phone, though it didn’t work. He began coaching me like a child patiently environment adult Grandpa’s Facebook account, and afterwards gave up.

But eventually we figured it out, a remuneration went by and we became his third Bitcoin-paying patron of a day.

Paying with cryptocurrency was like that: exciting, diligent and never a same twice.

I was invoiced by email for a bucket of washing during a Eco Laundry Company in Chelsea. we texted with a hair stylist in Israel who ostensible a tip on interest of his co-worker during Armando Piña Hair Salon on a Upper East Side. we waited — fingers crossed — for 5 mins before a remuneration finally posted and we could puncture into an ice cream sandwich during Melt Bakery on a Lower East Side.

And like an recurrent day trader, we would check my digital wallet and watch as a value went adult and down by a few cents each few minutes.

It was fun, until we got hungry.

I had searched for restaurants and grocery stores regulating Coinmap, a Blockchain Wallet and filters on Yelp, though roughly nothing took Bitcoin, and many pronounced they never had.

“No one is unequivocally regulating it a approach it’s ostensible to be used, as a currency,” pronounced Dan Sim, who accepts Bitcoin during his Lean Crust pizza emporium in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.


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Circa 2013, he said, he’d routine dozens of Bitcoin purchases a week, though as a banking became some-more profitable and volatile, that’s forsaken to zero. “People don’t wish to partial with their Bitcoin,” he said.

I couldn’t find anyone to sell me reduction than $200 value of hosiery or a gym that ostensible Bitcoin. By a time lunch rolled around on Day 2, we was prepared to chuck in a towel.

I headed to Sweetgreen. Its restaurants don’t accept cash, though they still take good out-of-date plastic.

Here’s what else is happening:


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We’d compensate a flattering penny for improved weather.

We could see dual inches of rain, and rumble might rumble by a morning.

Today’s high is around 60. Highs will be in a 50s all week — a tiny cold for mid-April.

In a News

Federal prosecutors in New York are questioning President Trump’s longtime personal counsel and fixer, Michael D. Cohen. [New York Times]


Federal prosecutors in New York are questioning President Trump’s longtime personal counsel and fixer, Michael D. Cohen.

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Though transport officials have attributed delays to superannuated signals, inadequate apparatus nearby a Bergen Street hire on a F and G lines is proof that even newer hardware can mangle down. [New York Times]

A demeanour during a life of David Buckel, a polite rights counsel and environmentalist who killed himself on Saturday, by a eyes of a people closest to him. [New York Times]

Citing concerns like meridian change, officials have prepared a long-term devise for a caring of a city’s forests. [New York Times]


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A new striking novel by a comic book author Peter J. Tomasi retells a start of a Brooklyn Bridge and a family who done it possible. [New York Times]


The comic book author Peter J. Tomasi’s passion has resulted in a striking novel, “The Bridge: How a Roeblings Connected Brooklyn to New York.”

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Ninety years after her death, Nora Bayes, one of a many famous entertainers of a early 20th century, will finally get a headstone. [New York Times]

Cynthia Nixon won a publicity of a Working Families Party, a tiny though successful on-going group. [New York Times]

More than 200 million eggs that might have been infested with salmonella were distributed to 9 states, including New York and New Jersey. [New York Times]

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The William Street Tattoo Center on a Lower East Side is a first-in-the-nation hospital dedicated to tattoo-related medical issues. [Patch]

With some-more black women rejecting relaxers, hair caring professionals on Long Island are bettering to a flourishing healthy hair movement. [Newsday]

Today’s Metropolitan Diary: “Other End of a Leash

For a tellurian demeanour during what’s happening, see Your Morning Briefing.

Coming Up Today

Taxes are due tomorrow. Get last-minute assistance filing during open libraries opposite a city.

Take a tour of Gracie Mansion on a Upper East Side. 11 a.m. [Free]

A three-part harangue array on Einstein’s theories starts during a Jefferson Market Library in Greenwich Village during 6 p.m. [Free]


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The author of “Abraham and Straus: It’s Worth a Trip From Anywhere” discusses a story of a dialect store that once anchored Fulton Street, at a Brooklyn Historical Society in Brooklyn Heights. 6:30 p.m. [$5]

Learn how to penetrate your mind to be some-more reasonable during a Empiricists League during Union Hall in Park Slope. 7:30 p.m. [$10]

Yankees horde Marlins, 6:35 p.m. (YES). Mets horde Nationals, 7:10 p.m. (SNY).

Alternate-side parking stays in effect until May 10.

For some-more events, see The New York Times’s Arts Entertainment guide.

And Finally…


Sites memorializing a people who survived a falling of a Titanic as good as those who died.

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This week in 1912, around 700 people stepped off a Carpathia liner during Pier 54 in a meatpacking district.

They were a usually survivors of a Titanic, that had sunk on Apr 15, claiming over 1,500 lives.

On a executive lamp of a pier, you can still read a lettering of a shipping companies “Cunard,” that operated a Carpathia, and “White Star,” that owned a Titanic.

The Titanic left a symbol on other places in a city as well.

Many of a flourishing organisation members were initial perceived during a Lower Manhattan Seamen’s Friend Society, that was dedicated to improving a “social, dignified and eremite condition of seamen” and is now a Jane Hotel.

Memorials to those who perished embody Straus Park, a tiny park during Broadway and 106th Street dedicated to Isidor and Ida Straus; a William T. Stead Memorial in Central Park during 91st Street, honoring a British publisher who died assisting others escape; and a board for Edith Corse Evans, a New York socialite and one of a few women from initial category who died, at Grace Church in Greenwich Village.

And a white Titanic Memorial Lighthouse, built a year after a tragedy, stood atop a Seamen’s Church Institute until 1967, when it was changed to Titanic Memorial Park nearby South Street Seaport.


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