High demand-market, eh? Plus the real estate, I suppose. Found a good price on the brakes I was looking for, at least - less than online, even without accounting for the customs duties and shipping I'll save. Even if I didn't get slapped w/tax and/or duty ordering from the UK (cheaper shipping than US online sellers - I know, eh?), I'm still saving 10-15%. Maybe I found the only deal in NYC...or I'll be the only one in the city who thinks my purchase is a deal!
I'll definitely be checking out craigslist while I'm down, but I don't want to spend my vacation in the subway - like I said, slim pickings sometimes in Vancouver, I think my standards for a 'deal' may be a little lower than some of you 'contiguous 48ers'. I'm really just looking for an idea of what shops might actually have a decent stock of vintage parts, esp. good 80s cranksets, etc...