Gear Patrol presents a visual survey of New York's disposable coffee cups:
The receptacle was not born in New York City, nor is it unique to NYC’s busy streets — but the to-go cup’s ubiquity is symbolic of a certain lifestyle shared in the most populous place in the nation. Obtained from blue-collar breakfast trucks and high-minded cafes alike, these cups, each emblazoned with its own place of origin, together represent the democracy of a place with too many people and too little time. But quick as New Yorkers are to toss them, the disposable cup is here to stay. It’s simply a part of life.