If I was to say that shopping and food are cheaper in Manhattan than under siege Gaza, would you believe me?
If I told you that a pair of nice imported shoes in downtown Manhattan are a lot cheaper than the same pair in Gaza, would you think I am crazy?
If I told you that hot dogs, pretzels, pizza, soda and dining out are a lot more expensive in Gaza, would you just dismiss this post?
A slice of pizza in Gaza is about 10 shekels (2.7 Dollars), in Manhattan it is so easy to buy a .99 slice of pizza. A can of soda (Coke) or a water bottle also goes for 75 cents in Manhattan, in Gaza you expect to pay 1.25 for the same can.
A Polo like shirt I spotted is sold in at least three Manhattan stores (one street vendor) for 3 dollars. A similar shirt in Gaza can easily go for 10 dollars. (Joey's Store on 34 St.)
The same stores sells denim jeans for male and females, costing 10 dollars each. My nephew asked me to go tot he store with him to pick him a denim, I could not buy a pair in Gaza for 20 dollars. Both made in either China or Malaysia. Joey's also have shoes that are a lot cheaper than the ones in Gaza.
Fancy leather shoes, the tall kind that women enjoy, we picked one from (Lindo Shoe Store at 38 St.) for 39.99, in fact all of their shoes are priced at $39.99. All their merchandise imported from either Italy or Spain. Gaza has only Chinese manufactured shoes, if you can find the similar shoes in Gaza for 60 dollars you are lucky.
Novelties and electronic goods are a lot cheaper in Manhattan than Gaza. A personal Chinese -made trimmer in Gaza is roughly 20 dollars, you can pick the same one at Ross, TJ Max, Marshall's for 9.99. China plates are 3 dollars each, yes similar ones you can pick for 99 cents at your favorite dollar store.
A Manhattan cheese cake is 3 bucks, Gaza Manhattan cheese 5 bucks.
Street Vendors are all over the streets for New York, A China made sunglasses are 5 bucks (3 for ten dollars if you are good) The same pair from the same factory sells for 6-7 dollars in Gaza downtown. Gaza gets a lot more sunlight than New York (at least the skyscrapers do not block it in Gaza)
To be fair Gaza has cheaper fruits, but they are not fresh and usually inferior quality (they have weird things on the crust) rent is also cheaper in Gaza. Movie theater do not function in Gaza, but movie popcorn is definitely cheaper in Gaza. But still, the people of Gaza do not make nearly as much as the people of Manhattan do. A Homeless person in downtown Manhattan might make a lot more money than a Gazan does.