Scruffy tourist dad with thick outbouroughs accent to his wife and 2 teen kids: Hey. Hey. Why donchu guys wait up, huh? Hey... Hey... look up there (more like "dare").. you see dat? See dat? They got trees up dere...
Bedraggled wife: Yeah, that's a PENTHOUSE.
Just a totally awesome exchange of regular people in awe at NY buildings and money and power.
You might think you're doing ok in life until you're in NY. NY is like, take your lame off-the-shelf YSL Muse bag and go home, I am a Russian oil heiress and I've got the new Uptown in Ostrich. You just cannot keep up in NY. And in NY, I feel more like the Queens dad than anyone who might possibly own said penthouse, and I love it. New York magazine had a cover all about money recently, and they polled new yorkers to ask how much they thought one would have to earn to be "rich." It was amazing. Amazingly low. And then the Seattle Times recently did a story on how Americans view class and money... it was also really interesting how households earning $300k still considered themselves middle class (which I would say is true, although it's totally messed up...).
How much does it take to be "rich" these days? Is it earnings or savings/net worth? What's middle class anymore?