My New York

Identify public goods and services as you take a tour of the sites and sounds of New York City – from the towering Empire State Building to Central Park and the Sixth Avenue Flea Market. The artwork by author Kathy Jacobsen is especially striking, with a color fold out pages of key sites.

Interested in using this resource in your classroom? Check out the posters that go along with this book: Goods & Services.

Comprehension Questions

What is the difference between a good and a service?

Both are things people want; however, a good is something you can touch. A service is something someone does for you.

What is a "publically provided" good or service?

A good or service provided by the government using taxes collected from citizens.

What are taxes?

Taxes are payments to government by individuals or businesses. Taxes are typically paid on income (e.g. income tax), consumption (e.g. sales tax), and property (e.g. property tax or inheritance tax).

At the different places in the story, what are some examples of goods and services that could be provided by government?

(Note: services such as power, buses, parks, and water are sometimes provided by private companies.)

  • First-page view of apartment building: roads/sidewalks, buses
  • Sixth Avenue Flea Market: roads/sidewalks, buses, lights
  • Underground New York: roads/sidewalks, subway, water mains (if city water), sewage system
  • Foldout view of New York: bridges, Central Park
  • Central Park Zoo: the zoo (if supported by some public tax dollars)
  • Carousel: carousel if operated by Central Park, trash can/removal (probably part of park costs)
  • Plaza Hotel: roads/sidewalks, city lights, park, police (on horseback and in a police car!)
  • Marathon: roads/sidewalks, bridge, police
  • Chinatown: roads/sidewalks
  • Baby Watson Cheesecake: roads/sidewalks
  • Hudson River: aircraft carrier, fighter jets, submarine
  • South Seaport: bridge
  • View from Staten Island Ferry: roads, Ellis Island monument, Statue of Liberty monument
  • Fireworks: Statue of Liberty monument, fireworks (a government sponsored event!), roads, Ellis Island Monument

Author: Kathy Jacobsen
Published: 2003
Reading Level: 4.1
Grade Level: 1 - 4
Accelerated Reader Level/Points: .5
Publisher: Little Brown & Co.