- Last Updated: 8:49 AM, August 19, 2012
- Posted: 12:18 AM, August 19, 2012
We’ve hit the high- water mark.
A small bottle of Poland Spring — which wholesales for 9 cents and usually retails for as little as a buck — is being hawked for $3 these days.
Thirsty New Yorkers and tourists sweating through one of the hottest summers on record are routinely shelling out three bucks a quench at sidewalk stands and food markets.
Ben Pastor, 45, of Toronto, paid that much for the standard 16.9-ounce bottle (about two cups of water) at a hot-dog cart near City Hall Park.
“As soon as I paid for it, I knew I just got taken for a ride,” he said. “But I was thirsty — what was I going to do?”
Alicia Faiscia (pictured), 29, of Long Island, gave a thumbs down to the $3 that a South Street Seaport chain restaurant charged.
Climate experts say that 2012 is the Northeast’s most sweltering year on record, with the mercury hitting 101 in the city during a July heat wave.
In fact, federal meteorologists say July was the hottest month ever recorded in the contiguous states — hotter than the withering Dust Bowl of the 1930s.
One Sixth Avenue hotdog vendor confessed that he jacked up the price of water by 50 cents a bottle this summer. And he said he’ll likely cut the price when cooler weather arrives.
“That’s how we do it,” he said, adding sheepishly: “But don’t blame me. I’m just the worker. It’s the cart owner who sets the prices.”