“In New York, the sale of whole bagels isn’t subject to sales tax. But the tax does apply to “sliced or prepared bagels (with cream cheese or other toppings),” according to the state Department of Taxation and Finance. And if the bagel is eaten in the store, even if it’s never been touched by a knife, it’s also taxed.”
And so starts the great bagel debate. In a bid to raise funds, New York is taxing their most prized possession, the bagel. For my New York friends here is my question: Should you pay the tax or should you grab a doughnut instead?
My answer is simple: Pay it. Don’t even think twice about it. Ah, but here is where the creme cheese meets the plate.
I am basing my quick and brash answer on two things. One: the fact that I lived in NYC for almost 15 years and ate a bagel practically every day that I lived there. (Sometimes multiple bagels per day) And two: The fact that I don’t live there anymore and would do and pay just about anything to taste probably the best bagel on God’s green earth.
Now for my YS Ohio peeps, I know I can get a decent bagel locally, or go to a specialty grocery story, but it’s not the same. When you have kids and never enough time you hit the large stores, in my case Kroger or Sam’s Club. You ain’t gettin’ a NY bagel there. I’ve learned to tolerate the Thomas’s version of the beloved bagel. With it’s Everything name, one would think it was actually the real thing. But I know better. And most New Yorker’s would too.
So what I’m saying is, New Yorker’s please heed my words, you don’t know what you got till’ it’s gone. Imagine your life without bagels. Can you? Imagine walking down Broadway, melted butter dripping down your arm because it has no place to go. Creme cheese stuck to a stale piece of wonder bread . . . Poppy seeds crying out in desperate isolation . . . Frightening isn’t it? What you have just imagined is my life. I live it everyday. But you don’t have to.
Please, pay the extra 8 cents and consider yourselves amongst the privileged few who can sit down and enjoy the best bagel in the world.
Would you pay an extra 8 cents for a sliced and schmeared piece of bakery heaven?