Cheapskates of the city, the ante has officially been upped on the Upper East Side. One of the great moral dilemmas of the art-loving New Yorker is now even more fraught, as the Metropolitan Museum announced that it's going to start "suggesting" you fork over one of your precious wallet-sized pictures of Mr. A. Jackson to see the exhibits. The 33% hike from $15 was, of course, precipitated by the teeming hordes of poker-faced people who brazenly slide a dime or two (OK, maybe a few bucks) across the admission table and expect a happy-colored 'M' button in return. No, I can't afford to pay you any more, they mutter in their heads. I just gave the cabbie my last twenty. ... Eck, who're we kidding? We'd been hoping for a bailout from Grandpa Buffett as much as the next tightwad.
· Met Is to Raise Its Admission Fee to $20 [NYT]