Monday, October 03, 2005
Dumpster diving with Douglas Elliman
Spotted Friday night: Discarded in the shadow of the Flatiron Building at 23rd and 5th -- like an offering to the gods of New York real estate -- was a stack of perfectly fine looking business cards for one particular higher-up at Douglas Elliman. (I expunged as best as I could all identifying marks to protect the potentially innocent.) Why were a pile of this person's cards tossed away in a (well-located, at least) public trashcan, in plain view, atop newspapers? Was it said person who did the deed? Or someone who managed to get a handful of them? Were they left over from an open house somewhere? Were they thrown in disgust? Or glee? Or desperation? Is it guerilla marketing? Is the firm replacing everyone's cards, and if so, how did they end up here? Was the office trash not good enough? I'm sure there's a semi-logical explanation here, but it just baffles me.