You know how in the movies, laundromats are filled with good-looking young people looking to hook up? Their eyes meet across the sparkly clean row of washers and dryers.
Yeah, it’s not like that in real life. Here’s the scene: A few people sitting around, bored out of their minds play with their phones while sitting on broken plastic chairs and trying not to notice the dirtiness around them. Employees speaking a language you don’t recognize are chatting amongst themselves — probably about you. And, is that a cockroach … yup, it’s a cockroach. And there is the rest of its cockroach family.
When your laundry finishes, you grab a wheely cart and try to push it through too-small aisles to the dryers, half of which are broken or reserved for laundry service. You pump your quarters in the machine, then check your phone and get out of the hot, dirty laundromat for the 42 minutes the clothes will be in the dryer. You arrive back, load your stuff in the cart again and try to find space at one of the folding tables to fold and pack your stuff for the two-block walk home.
There was no making of eyes at attractive hotties across the room. In fact, since you’re wearing your laundry-day worst outfit, you’re rather grateful for that. The privilege of the New York laundromat experience runs you twice what you would pay for laundry in any other city in America.
So, I’ve come up of a list of places that should just have washers and dryers for use while you’re already at their establishment:
1.Salons: While your color is processing, you could be switching from washer to dryer. Linger for a while and gossip while you fold.
2.The gym: Spend the washing time on the treadmill and the drying time in the weight section. Only downfall is you have to haul your dirty gym clothes home with your nice clean stuff.
3.Comedy clubs: You could excuse yourself 25 minutes in to switch without being rude, right?
4.Coffee shops: OK this isn’t a novel idea, but it’d be nice to hang out with Quyn for coffee while we keep an eye on our laundry.
5.Apartment buildings: 48 units of willing customers? Sounds like a no-brainer to me.
6.Workplaces: Again, eager customers who have to be there anyway.