From the cradle to the altar to the grave, New Yorkers are getting their pockets picked by thousands of sky-high fees, punishing fines and secret surcharges.
Over the past four years, City Hall has made it more costly to park, swim, marry, work out, play a round of golf, view a Picasso, visit a zoo, play roller hockey or own a washing machine.
City, state hike fees for everything but breathing
Not to be outdone, Albany has hiked the price of driving a car, registering a boat, filing a lawsuit, catching a fish, trapping a muskrat, pitching a tent and recording a birth.
Admissions, user permits, nuisance charges and summonses for violations - dubbed the "fees that ate New York" by budget watchdogs - are raking in billions of dollars and shattering revenue records for the city and state, a Daily News review found.