Wednesday, June 21, 2006

The sweet smell of Staten Island

By now you've probably head all about Ron Goldstein, the Staten Island man who accidentally threw his wife's 3.5 karat diamond engagement ring away in the trash. He realized his mistake when the garbage truck was pulling away. He quickly called the Department of Sanitation, found out where the truck was going and then followed it there. He and some friendly sanitation workers then spent a few hours going through the trash looking for the ring. They found it!

Anyway, why I am writing about this now? Well, on my somewhat-daily treck through posts over at Gothamist, a "website about New York City and everything that happens in it," I noticed their post on Mr. Goldstein's trash nightmare-turned-garbage fairytale. Of course it contained the obligatory crack against New Jersey -- this time its smell:
The Daily News reports that a Staten Island man accidentally threw out his wife's 3.5 carat diamond ring, but was able to call the Department of Sanitation, who let him follow the truck to New Jersey (yes, yes, that's the smell).

Obviously the Gothamist has forgetten that Staten Island -- the home to both Mr. Goldstein and the world's largest garbage dump -- is part of its beloved New York City.

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