When I was driving through it last summer, the prices on things were awful, like $6 for a pack of smokes, $6.50 for a big mac meal, $3 for a 20 oz. of pepsi etc. Oh and don't get me started on all the toll booths, there must have been one like every 3 miles! Whats the deal? Why is everything so damn expensive in New York? Do things get cheaper away from busy city areas, or does it just cost lots of money to live in New York?