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Man Mines Midtown New York Sidewalks

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the they-got-cars-big-as-bars dept.

The Almighty Buck 183

43-year-old Raffi Stepanian makes money searching New York City streets, but it's not loose change or soda cans he's looking for, it's gold. Stepanian says he can make almost $1000 a week scouring the diamond district's streets for bits of gold, platinum, and precious gems. "Material falls off clothes, on the bottom of shoes, it drops off jewelry, and it falls in the dirt and sticks to the gum on the street. The percentage of gold out here on the street is greater than the amount of gold you would find in a mine . . . It comes close to a mother lode because in the street, you're picking up gold left by the industry," he says.

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Mining is dangerous. (1, Funny)

Dr.Bob,DC (2076168) | more than 3 years ago | (#36516944)


An awfully neat idea which will likely cost him his life. Mining gold and other precious metals is a filthy job dripping with toxic chemicals: arsenic, cyanide, lead, mercury, etc. These chemicals will build up in his system and likely destroy his liver, kidneys and brain.

The article doesn't say which of these chemicals he uses in his mining, so it's probably safe to assume all of them as he's one guy and not bound to the environmental laws of business.

I would like to know, though, what does he do with all the sidewalk waste (tailings) after he's done?

Take care,
Bob.

Re:Mining is dangerous. (3, Insightful)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517116)

Mining gold and other precious metals is a filthy job dripping with toxic chemicals: arsenic, cyanide, lead, mercury, etc.

Correction: "*Refining gold ore and other precious metal ores* is a filthy job dripping with toxic chemicals: arsenic, cyanide, lead, mercury, etc." He's not doing any of that. He's literally just picking already refined metal up off the street. While he might be at hazard to whatever filth he has to brush off the metal, he's not not dealing with a large amount of toxic chemicals.

Re:Mining is dangerous. (4, Interesting)

Dishevel (1105119) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517286)

Do not feed the trolls.
This is a hardcore quack fucker just trying to advertise here.

Re:Mining is dangerous. (1)

BizzyM (996195) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517666)

And this is how you ruin your perfectly good setup.... tell people about it. Now every kook and get-rich-quick wannabe will descend on NY's streets looking for dropped jewelery and whatnot with metal detectors you would expect to see at the beach and leave this guy with nothing except competition. Loose lips do what, again?

Re:Mining is dangerous. (1)

repapetilto (1219852) | more than 3 years ago | (#36518718)

It'll be like a tourist attraction with this dude as the guide. Go to 47th street and look for gold in the gutter while your gf looks at shoes and necklaces or whatever.

Re:Mining is dangerous. (1)

daedae (1089329) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517926)

Although this is the first time I've seen him post without spouting any chiropractic terminology.

Not saying he's not a troll, or even that he's not trolling in this case... but could this be the advent of a kinder, subtler "Dr." Bob troll?

Re:Mining is dangerous. (1)

Dishevel (1105119) | more than 3 years ago | (#36518680)

Whatever it is I vote it should die.

Foraging would have been a better word, then (1)

Benfea (1365845) | more than 3 years ago | (#36518436)

I would chide you for being pedantic, but pot... kettle... yeah.

Re:Mining is dangerous. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36517154)

The article doesn't mention the use of any chemicals at all. He's just looking for scraps in the cracks of sidewalks and dirt, sweeping shit up, etc. It was likened in the article to picking up cans on the ground and redeeming them from nickels. I doubt you need any chemicals to do that either although you probably use them in mines to get the aluminum originally.

Re:Mining is dangerous. (4, Interesting)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517212)

Actually, unlike gold (which does require large amounts of toxic chemicals to refine), aluminum isn't refined chemically; instead, it takes large amounts of electricity (which is why you didn't have aluminum production until the 20th century).

Re:Mining is dangerous. (1)

sadness203 (1539377) | more than 3 years ago | (#36518078)

Well, there's a lot of berrylium extracted in the process, that goes into the air, it's not that "clean"

Re:Mining is dangerous. (1)

yurtinus (1590157) | more than 3 years ago | (#36518922)

But we could make it into spheres... and then power our spaceships with them!!!

Re:Mining is dangerous. (1)

newcastlejon (1483695) | more than 3 years ago | (#36518822)

Don't forget cryolite, which is apparently toxic to insects (I don't know about humans).

And people said high school chemistry would never come in handy!

Re:Mining is dangerous. (1)

Adam_ST170 (762793) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517300)

From The Artice:

"The stones are already cut and manufactured -- it's a step above a mine," he added. "I'm finding them already cut and polished. "You just have to get down on your knees and get it," he said. "It's the same principal as collecting cans on the street and redeeming them for nickels. It's redemption of reusable gold. This is the gold that has been on this street for 60 years. I know how to look, and I know where to look for it."

The reason the article makes no mention of chemicals is because he doesn't use any.

Re:Mining is dangerous. (2)

HelioWalton (1821492) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517402)

But wouldn't some chiropractic dealings help prevent this destruction? Or would that just be caused by some subluxations?

Landmines. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36516962)

When I saw the title of the article, I thought it was going to be about a muslim planting landmines in the lair of the Great Satan.

Re:Landmines. (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517004)

Me too. Might want to reconsider the wording of that headline.

Re:Landmines. (3, Funny)

biodata (1981610) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517058)

I thought data mining, some kind of new information supersidewalk.

Re:Landmines. (1)

tacarat (696339) | more than 3 years ago | (#36518938)

That's horrible. Mod up please.

Re:Landmines. (2)

kurzweilfreak (829276) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517174)

That, too, was my first thought; my second involved him creating sidewalks with big square blocks of cobblestone and a pickaxe...

There are no cats in America (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36517000)

and the streets are paved with gold?

And now that it's all over the internet (2)

SleazyRidr (1563649) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517020)

Everyone else will start doing it too, and he'll have to go back to his day job.

Re:And now that it's all over the internet (5, Insightful)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517046)

Everyone else will start doing it too, and he'll have to go back to his day job.

You're missing the plan, man. He's going to sell people the tools to do street mining. After that, he sits back in fat city.

Re:And now that it's all over the internet (3, Insightful)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517078)

Everyone else will start doing it too, and he'll have to go back to his day job.

You're missing the plan, man. He's going to sell people the tools to do street mining. After that, he sits back in fat city.

Then comes the book.

Then comes the TV show.

Yep, he's on Easy Street, in more ways than one.

just be careful of claim jumpers.

Re:And now that it's all over the internet (1)

insnprsn (1202137) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517430)

Before you know it, he's the one wearing the fancy clothes/jewelery that's dropping precious metals and stones in the street

Re:And now that it's all over the internet (1)

TrisexualPuppy (976893) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517788)

Then came the churches then came the schools
Then came the lawyers then came the rules
Then came the trains and the trucks with their load
And the dirty old track was the telegraph road

Re:And now that it's all over the internet (1)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 3 years ago | (#36519152)

Not unless he gets shot before then. That man needs to be damned careful whom me peddles his shit to. Especially in New York of all places.

Re:And now that it's all over the internet (2)

MozeeToby (1163751) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517166)

Truth in history (or at least, mythical history). Supposedly nobody made more money during the gold rush years than the shovel makers.

Re:And now that it's all over the internet (2)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517322)

Truth in history (or at least, mythical history). Supposedly nobody made more money during the gold rush years than the shovel makers.

Looking over the settlement of California, the gold rush populated the state - failed or retired prospectors built ranches, planted orchards, built toll roads, drove stage coaches, built fishing fleets, etc. Without the Gold Rush California may not have developed anywhere near as much as it has.

Re:And now that it's all over the internet (1)

The Good Reverend (84440) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517384)

Our weather and fertile farmland takes issue with that - it would have developed just as much, but perhaps just not as quickly.

Re:And now that it's all over the internet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36517506)

Don't forget air conditioning....

Re:And now that it's all over the internet (1)

DriedClexler (814907) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517740)

That's what I used to think, too. But it turns out, most of California's present (huge) population arrived a lot later [wikipedia.org] .

Re:And now that it's all over the internet (1)

superwiz (655733) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517528)

Oh, common. It's not the shovel makers. The company which made the most money in the Gold Rush is still with us today. It was Levy's. They made the pants that the pants which were just right for the job (jeans) -- sturdy enough to sustain high wear and tear and yet comfortable.

Re:And now that it's all over the internet (1)

petteyg359 (1847514) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517590)

What do rare dams have to do with it? Come on.. Get your common pants manufacturer name right, or Levi's will have to levy a fine...

Re:And now that it's all over the internet (4, Funny)

todrules (882424) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517670)

And then that bastard Levi came along and stole his idea. Damn counterfeiters.

Re:And now that it's all over the internet (0)

h4rr4r (612664) | more than 3 years ago | (#36518230)

Levy's is not still with us today. There is a company that owns the name and has it sown on to someone elses clothes, but the actual company that made the product you are talking about has not existed for years, probably decades.

Re:And now that it's all over the internet (2)

bws111 (1216812) | more than 3 years ago | (#36518764)

What do you mean? The website for Levi Strauss and Company claims they have a 150 year history, and says the founder was Levi Strauss. It also has this little warning for people researching the company:

But be careful: there are a lot of myths about our company and our jeans in cyberspace, and you shouldn’t rely on the Internet for historical research.

Re:And now that it's all over the internet (1)

rjstanford (69735) | more than 3 years ago | (#36518916)

Not sure that warning is all that accurate, come to think of it. Someone told me not to trust the internet for information like that.

Re:And now that it's all over the internet (1)

Lunix Nutcase (1092239) | more than 3 years ago | (#36518886)

Levy's is not still with us today.

Well knock-off brands usually don't last that long. Levi Struss on the other hand is still around.

Re:And now that it's all over the internet (1)

strength_of_10_men (967050) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517842)

from the TFA:

...armed with tweezers and a butter knife

I doubt that there's much money in that.

Re:And now that it's all over the internet (1)

vagn (2168) | more than 3 years ago | (#36518010)

Tools schmools. Time to plant potatoes.

Re:And now that it's all over the internet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36518252)

Seeing as the tools consist of a putty knife, tweezers and a pan I don't see him getting rich that way.

Re:And now that it's all over the internet (1)

loafula (1080631) | more than 3 years ago | (#36518958)

You're missing the plan, man. He's going to sell people the tools to do street mining. After that, he sits back in fat city.

You mean a styrofoam cup and a butter knife?

Re:And now that it's all over the internet (1)

rwven (663186) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517128)

Yeah seems like the worst thing in the world he could do is let people know about this...

Re:And now that it's all over the internet (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517218)

Everyone else will start doing it too, and he'll have to go back to his day job.

I think the problem is living in NYC on "less than $1000 / wk" is probably physically impossible unless you eat rats and live in a homeless shelter. Or you're playing games like claiming you only get $20K of income but you're getting $50K of student loans / grants / scholarships so you're really spending $70K/yr ...

Where I live, 50K will get you a lifestyle of roughly "small, older house" or a Very deluxe apartment, decent mid-level new-ish car or brand new cheapie, somewhat above average day to day groceries, and leave enough left over to take some fun vacations and buy plenty of cool tech toys. Given a working spouse or roommate, you could achieve an even higher standard of living. Only about 20% of the individuals in the population will make more that you, you'll be relatively rich.

Its all in the local cost of living...

Re:And now that it's all over the internet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36517362)

Not true. I'm forced to live on $2,000 per month and while it is difficult, I do not live in a homeless shelter or eat rats. Your post is mere uninformed conjecture. Having said that, I would much rather have $1,000 per week to play with.

Re:And now that it's all over the internet (1)

OctaviusIII (969957) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517466)

Oh please - $50k/year in New York is extremely doable. The recommended amount spent on housing monthly on $50k is $1,388. That's enough for a one bedroom (okay location) or studio (nice location), or half of a two bedroom (really nice location) with 2/3 left over. Given that the individual wouldn't need a car, that means that 2/3 of the income goes to just what you were describing: vacation, groceries, gadgets, and the like.

Re:And now that it's all over the internet (2)

Shados (741919) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517522)

Are you a new yorker? Because then your standard is quite skewed. My wife's family is all in NYC, and I lived in Montreal and in the Boston area, and a 1400$ apartment with the specs you mentionnd in NYC, by my standards, is totally unacceptable. Total dump in garbage areas.

Re:And now that it's all over the internet (1)

TheCRAIGGERS (909877) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517676)

Agreed. In my small hometown, the crappiest area is still better than NYC's "really nice location", at least in my eyes. Also, my wife can walk to the party store down the street at night without needing to carry a small arsenal to defend herself with.

Re:And now that it's all over the internet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36517760)

I live (alone) in Astoria, Queens and pay $1,000 per month (includes electricity) for a small one bedroom. It is nothing fancy, but it is comfortable. Nice neighborhood, nice neighbors. Excellent restaurants. Subway 7 minutes walk. Supermarket and laundry less than 5 minutes walk. It really depends on location, luck and perseverence what kind of place you can find for the best rate. But everything is relative and $1,000 is half of my take home pay - so it is a humble existence. Then again, groceries are cheaper than in Manhattan (where I previously lived) and things sort of work out well with a bit of frugality and effort.

Re:And now that it's all over the internet (1)

Phleg (523632) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517954)

$50,000, with a minimum of 20% tax rate ends up being $3,333/mo. That's 41% of your income, which is a completely fucking ludicrous proportion of your income to spend on housing.

Re:And now that it's all over the internet (1)

Dahamma (304068) | more than 3 years ago | (#36518418)

Tax rate? You seriously think he's filing income taxes from sifting trash from the gutters? Plus, he lives in Queens. He can probably afford a decent 1BR on what he makes...

Re:And now that it's all over the internet (1)

ottothecow (600101) | more than 3 years ago | (#36518138)

Only if you really want to use Income/3/12 as your solution for recommended monthly housing spending. By that metric, I pay half the rent I should. I'd suggest either starting from after tax income or dividing by 4. Sure, you may have to stretch beyond this in NYC (though this guy lives in queens) but a third of your pre-tax works out to be a lot of money.

Not that I don't agree with you that 50k in NYC is doable. It certainly is and MANY of the people who live there do it with less than that.

Re:And now that it's all over the internet (1)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 3 years ago | (#36518598)

Not needing a car is not equivalent to not needing to travel.What, the buses and subway are free in NY now?

Re:And now that it's all over the internet (1)

rjstanford (69735) | more than 3 years ago | (#36519016)

Not needing a car is not equivalent to not needing to travel.What, the buses and subway are free in NY now?

Yup. At least they are compared to needing a car. Many people continually pay a car payment, the average of which is around $500/mo [msn.com] . Add in $75/mo for basic insurance, then money for gas, tires, maintenance, air fresheners, &c, and you're easily up around $25/day, 7 days a week.

Buses cost money. But not that much money.

Students loans are DEBT not INCOME (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36519144)

I can understand how you might be confused because you can spend them on food, housing, etc but that doesn't change the fact that they are loans. Anyone who claims student loans as income to the IRS certainly needs more schooling! LOL

Yeah, for now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36517068)

until the dzhoos find out. Then there will be a by-law forbidding this practice as soon as they can find the right congress-thing to pay off.

Aren't landmines illegal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36517102)

Am I the only one who thought of laying explosives, not extracting minerals, when he saw the word "mines?"

Re:Aren't landmines illegal? (1)

alesplin (1376141) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517394)

Am I the only one who thought of laying explosives, not extracting minerals, when he saw the word "mines?"

Nope.

Re:Aren't landmines illegal? (1)

OakDragon (885217) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517660)

Am I the only one who thought of laying explosives, not extracting minerals, when he saw the word "mines?"

Nope.

That makes at least three of us.

Re:Aren't landmines illegal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36518282)

Four.

Talking about mining... (3, Funny)

Saishuuheiki (1657565) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517104)

Who else thought this would be more along the lines of about land-mines or claymores? It would at least be a more interesting story...

Also much like old-fashioned gold mining, once others start doing it he can't make as much money doing it anymore

Re:Talking about mining... (1)

xrshalar (954987) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517288)

I admit it. I thought it was going to be about mines planted in the NYC sidewalks.

Re:Talking about mining... (1)

todrules (882424) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517780)

Or at least blowing up sidewalks to get to the gold. Taking a pickaxe to the ashpalt right in the middle of traffic. There's much more efficient ways at mining than what he's doing.

Re:Talking about mining... (1)

matt_hs (1252668) | more than 3 years ago | (#36518306)

"Would you please tell the court why you . . . took it upon [yourself] to dig a very big hole in the middle of 1st Avenue?"

"Well, there are so many holes in 1st Avenue, [I] really didn't think anyone would notice."

Re:Talking about mining... (1)

nitehawk214 (222219) | more than 3 years ago | (#36518492)

Or at least blowing up sidewalks to get to the gold. Taking a pickaxe to the ashpalt right in the middle of traffic. There's much more efficient ways at mining than what he's doing.

One man's more efficient way of mining is another's more fun way of mining.

Boom Town (4, Funny)

dummondwhu (225225) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517146)

NYC is going to become the next boom town! That's when the whores move in! Oh, wait...

"Prescious"? (0)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517170)

C'mon guys, if you can't spell, use a spell-checker. They have their limitations, but you obviously need one.

The man has no idea.... (2)

mark-t (151149) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517264)

In a production-level mine, you will get a lot more minerals out of it than a thousand bucks per week.

Re:The man has no idea.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36518716)

A production level mine is a huge pit visible from space, requiring the movement of an ungodly ammount of rubble, and employing perhaps hundreds of people. If you think of him as the only "employee" of the mine, than he is doing better than many mine workers. Of course, that depends on the country. In Nevada, miners do just fine. They seem to do OK in Chile too, given the heroic efforts undertaken recently to rescue them. In some other countries the miners are virtually (or even really) slaves.

"Can make" (2)

Aladrin (926209) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517268)

Oh, "Can make". I thought he was averaging that at first.

No, sometimes he almost makes $1000 (in the video, that's "over $800")... Other times, maybe he makes nothing? We don't know.

Re:"Can make" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36517518)

He also said he's been doing it since 1984, did he not?

You've got to have a lot of faith in your earning ability to do something most people would find difficult, frustrating, and vile for the amount of time that he's been doing it.

Mines ? (2)

rossdee (243626) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517316)

My first thought was IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices like Iraq and Afghanistan )

Re:Mines ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36517932)

Me too.

Re:Mines ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36519082)

Really? IEDs = Mines in your mind? God bless the media and their bringing war into the mainstream. An IED is what you make yourself when you don't have access to a manufactured placed munition such as a mine (Claymore, Limpet, so on). Go eat a sammich.

Bull (1)

molo (94384) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517396)

I walk on this street going to work, 47th between 5th and 6th. There is no way this guy is getting the equivalent of half an ounce of gold per week from the street. Its not like you look down and see flakes or anything. Insanity.

-molo

Re:Bull (4, Funny)

royallthefourth (1564389) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517626)

Tomorrow they'll post an article about a sysadmin at a big company clearing out old home directories and supplementing his income by finding bitcoins.

Re:Bull (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#36518066)

Based on what experience?

How about you spend amonth doing it? or just following him around? No, that would be data, and it's much better to assume that even though you aren't specifically looking, clearly you would see things you aren't looking for in a manner that's least efficient for searching*.

The probability that, on average and in that area, you can get a grand a month isn't really that bad.

*granted, I am assuming you walk in a manner efficient for getting from A to B and not a systematic grid search.

Clever ploy... (1)

Kozz (7764) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517498)

Someone in the city's administration needed to clean the streets and sidewalks but ALSO save money, perhaps?

Correction (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36517614)

Man used to mine streets of NYC for $1,000 a week until he decided to tell his story to a reporter and droves of unemployed new yorkers decided to get in on the action themselves.

Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes (2)

imgumbydamnit (730663) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517652)

Oh great, now I have the Paul Simon song stuck in my head:
"People say I'm crazy
I got diamonds on the soles of my shoes
Well that's one way to lose
These walking blues
Diamonds on the soles of your shoes"

NY, there is no such thing as "finder is keeper" (1)

layer3switch (783864) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517718)

NY Personal Property Law Article 7-B section 252, anything over value of 20 dollars must be reported and file title to police. Fail to do so carries misdemeanor charge. If not claimed by owner, the property goes to the finder, only after he/she files for title of that property.

I assume, this guy will be hit with misdemeanor charge pretty soon.

Re:NY, there is no such thing as "finder is keeper (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517976)

why? he finds lots of piece individually worth less the 20 dollars.

Re:NY, there is no such thing as "finder is keeper (1)

rrossman2 (844318) | more than 3 years ago | (#36518022)

Or each piece he finds isn't worth much, but the total of it all combined over a week is.

So each piece may only be worth $2, but he finds 400 of them, bringing the total to $800. So I doubt that personal property law would apply

ET impregnated me with Elvis' baby!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36517858)

People... please... this is the New York Post!!!! It's no more believable than The Onion! (...or Fox News, same owner)

Rule 1 about find a gold vein (3, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#36517970)

Shut 'ur trap.

Let me finish slapping myself first (1)

nightcats (1114677) | more than 3 years ago | (#36518140)

I worked for 20 yrs. in that area and walked those streets (47th - 49th between 5th and 6th Avenues) thousands of times with nothing more in my mind than annoyance at the street hawkers, bums, mendicants, and hustlers that clog the walkways. There used to be a great tech store there, by the way, corner of 6th Ave. and 48th, forget the name but spent plenty of time there. And a beautiful used book store on 47th amid all the jewelry shops ("wise men fish here"), and of course Scribner's on 5th Ave., where Faulkner and Fitzgerald used to hang out (last I checked it had been turned into a Benneton's, ugh). All those messianic crazies going up and down those block ("Moishiach is Coming!"). What a strange neighborhood. If you've never been to NYC, rent a Dustin Hoffman movie called "Marathon Man" and check out the beginning, which was filmed right there in the diamond district.

Denver capitol gold dome, too (1)

smellsofbikes (890263) | more than 3 years ago | (#36518274)

The capitol building of Denver has the dome covered with 200 ounces of 24 carat gold, and it needs replacing about every 40 years. That means it's losing several ounces per year, and most all of it is coming off in rainwater that ends up dumping through the drainage spouts down the sides. People tried to collect it, like this guy. I've been told, but can't find an online reference, that collecting rainwater from the Capitol Building was made illegal to prevent mayhem, so now it goes down the sewer.

Re:Denver capitol gold dome, too (1)

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) | more than 3 years ago | (#36518506)

The collection of rain water from the capitol building being banned might also have to do with water rights, since I know that it is big deal in in that area of the country and those laws can be pretty bizarre as well.

Re:Denver capitol gold dome, too (1)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 3 years ago | (#36518820)

True in some places in Colorado things like rain barrels are illegal. Which doesn't make much sense to me at all but there you go.

Re:Denver capitol gold dome, too (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36518882)

Well then, don't collect it. Filter it!

Re:Denver capitol gold dome, too (1)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 3 years ago | (#36519046)

Yeah, 200 ounces in 40 years means 5 ounces of gold per year, at say $1500 an ounce (not exactly true because troy ounce > normal ounce) = 5 * 1500 = $7,500 a year. Yeah I think I just found my new full time job. Not.

That's right you bunch of foreigners! (1)

vawwyakr (1992390) | more than 3 years ago | (#36518504)

This is America and our streets are paved in silver, gold, platinum and some highly carcinogenic chemicals......

This article is from the New York Post (1)

Benfea (1365845) | more than 3 years ago | (#36518518)

C'mon, guys. Pay attention. The NYP has about as much credibility as your average supermarket gossip rag. That's not to say that everything they say is wrong, but if they're your only source to a story don't put much stock in it.

Re:This article is from the New York Post (1)

spymagician (1303515) | more than 3 years ago | (#36518846)

+1 Thank You... Glad someone pointed that out.

Re:This article is from the New York Post (1)

Dachannien (617929) | more than 3 years ago | (#36518852)

Does it really matter? Unless you're planning on sweeping the streets for gold yourself, nobody cares whether the story is true or not.

In tonight's news... (1)

Loopy (41728) | more than 3 years ago | (#36518624)

NY City code enforcement officer fines man for mining gold without a permit. The city's spokesman commented, "If we're going to hold grade-school girls with lemonade stands to our stringent codes, we can't rightly overlook this guy, can we?" The mayor could not be reached for comment.

STOP! (1)

oldmac31310 (1845668) | more than 3 years ago | (#36518762)

Stop linking to NY Post articles! It is not a credible news source. Chances are they invented this 47th street gold miner.

Mining (1)

squidflakes (905524) | more than 3 years ago | (#36519110)

I'm not sure what the address is for the Streets of New York server, but only a thousand a week and he's only selling the gold? What's he doing with all the stone, gravel, sand, dirt, redstone, diamond, and lapis he's probably finding?
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