This Man Makes His Living By Mining NYC Sidewalks For Gold, Gems and Even Diamonds
New York City is called the ‘Big-Apple’ and they say that the streets and sidewalks sparkle like gold because of how many opportunities you can get there to begin a new life. This is the only place you can start out with nothing but end up with a lot.
But, for Raffi Stepanian, the sidewalks of NYC sparkle for another reason. According to him all the cracks and crevices on the sidewalk are filled with valuables. These valuables are gold, gems, diamonds, and precious metals which he makes a living by mining for. This might sound like an odd job but it does pay and Raffi does make a decent living.
1Who is Raffi Stepanian?
Raffi Stepanian is what he likes to call a ‘street gold miner’. He gets up in the morning and heads out to the busy sidewalks of NYC in search of valuables. How do you find valuables on the streets of NYC? Look in the cracks. This is where according to Raffi, he has found gold, gems, jewels and even diamonds.
2How does this work?
According to Raffi, he begins his day at 7.30 p.m. which many would say is quite late. But, the idea is to do this at a time when the sidewalks are clear. This is the time when businesses are closing and the foot traffic is quite less. This is when Raffi can search the broken edges and crevices of the sidewalks for his treasures.
3How much treasure is even there?
This is the big question everyone has when they hear about this job. According to Raffi, the cracks on the sidewalks of 47th Street are filled with gems, jewels, gold, and other valuable metals from over 60 years. That’s right, according to our modern-day prospector; the cracks on the sidewalks are like mines but just more concentrated.
4How do people react to this?
Most people are baffled by this ‘job’. Many of them cannot imagine that the cracks on the sidewalk have that much valuables hidden in them. They cannot believe anyone could make this their daily job. But, Raffi has been making a good living off this work for quite some time now and has no plans on stopping now which confuses people.
5How much does he earn?
According to Raffi, the earnings differ every time. This is because he is not sure what he might get. Sometimes he can find valuables worth over or around $1000 while other times it can hovers around $400. Basically what he does is collects all his daily findings for 6 days then sells it. He claims to have made $800 by selling his findings of 6days.