Friday, January 20, 2012

Even air pumps are getting fancier, more expensive in the East Village

At the Gulf Station on Second Avenue at First Street...

Before! A beat-up machine that only took quarters...


Now!

The fancy digital one that costs $1.50...

[Photo yesterday by Bobby Williams]

P.S.

Have you tried the bagels at Gulf? They don't look or taste as good as advertised...

7 comments:

Spike said...

a bit rubbery?

tim said...

Fucking yuppie artisanal air.

EV Grieve said...

@Spike

Plus the salt they use on them in the winter is so rocky!

EV Grieve said...

@Tim

It's the additional argon that makes it artisanal.

Anonymous said...

Grieve, is it locally sourced, organic, fair trade argon? Because I don't buy noble gasses any other way.

Also, can you heat the air with a hot poker?

EV Grieve said...

@anon

Good question. I just called the Gulf station. The guy who answered the phone said that they follow Judeo-Christian scriptures in practicing good stewardship of the Earth.

So he said that the air is cruelty free and locally sourced from the Earth's troposphere — that includes the trace gases.

As for the hot poker. Well, given the proximity to the gas pumps, Gulf executives won't allow the use of hot pokers. So they designed and installed a special subfloor that can be filled with water heated by solar collectors or a backup fossil fuel system for use on cloudy days. This addition is the reason for the 50 cent increase.

Goggla said...

Haha, that last photo is priceless.