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A Comparison of Common Daily Expenses in Westchester County, NY, versus New York City, NY


Urban or suburban, everyone knows how quickly you can rack up your spending on major purchases. But what about the little things we often overlook, like the cost of a morning cup of coffee? We compared prices on items ranging from cupcakes to library fees for City dwellers and Westchester residents. See how the “little things” really do add up.

The fine for one day on an overdue library book at…

…New York Public Library: $0.10 (children’s books), $0.15 (seniors 65+), $0.25 (adults)
…Westchester Library System: $0.10 ($5/21-day maximum for old books), $0.20 ($5/21-day maximum for new books)


The cost of a large (16-oz) coffee…

…at Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Manhattan: $3
…at Coffee Labs Roasters in Tarrytown: $2.05


The cost of one specialty cupcake at the famed…

…Magnolia Bakery in Manhattan: $3.25 each ($36 for a dozen).
…Flour & Sun, Pleasantville: $3 each (save $2 on every dozen).


The cost of the town’s signature burger at…

…Shake Shack in Madison Square Park: $4.50 (single Shack Burger), $7 (double Shack Burger), plus $2.65 for fries.
…Piper’s Kilt in Eastchester: $9.95 plus tax (Eastchester burger).


The toll to cross the Hudson River at…

…the Holland Tunnel: $8 (eastbound only).
…the Lincoln Tunnel: $8 (eastbound only).
…the GW Bridge: $8 (eastbound only).
…the Tappan Zee Bridge: $5 (southbound/eastbound only).
…the Bear Mountain Bridge: $1 (eastbound only).

The cost of one regular (adult, non-matinee, non-3D, non-IMAX) movie ticket at a Regal Cinema…

…in Manhattan: $13.50
…in Westchester: $11.50


The cost of a parking ticket for an expired parking meter…

…in New York City: $65 for Manhattan, 96th Street and below; $35 for all other areas.
…in White Plains: $20

The cost of a monthly train ride…

…with a monthly unlimited MetroCard: $52 (reduced fare), $104 (regular fare).
…with a monthly Metro-North commuter pass: $210 (White Plains to Grand Central Station).