How to Avoid a Trashed Umbrella Today

Monday, January 25, 2010

(Photo by Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo by Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

When it rains in the city, many New Yorkers seem caught off guard. They scramble to the nearest bodega or street vendor and buy one of those folding black umbrellas. That's a problem, says Peggy Levee, owner of the umbrella shop Rain or Shine in midtown. She says in heavy winds, like today, you need an umbrella with at least eight ribs. 'You're much better off with a full size, a stick umbrella, versus a folding umbrella. You definitely don't want a compact or mini umbrella,' Levee says.

As far as materials, wood and fiberglass are preferable to the cheaper aluminum umbrellas. 'Those are the ones you're going to see littered in the street by this evening,' Levee says.

She says department stores used to carry high-quality umbrellas. Nowadays, they're mostly relegated to men's shops or specialty stores.

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Comments [2]

Connor Walsh

Muji! They have a compact folding umbrella that is "double-jointed", so they blow out in the wind, then snap right back without any damage done. It's lasted me well here in London, where I think it cost about £15 – not the cheapest, but it's small and works!

Jan. 25 2010 04:03 PM

It's true. Certain styles are more likely to turn up on the street corner or be given a proper burial. OR! You could avoid locations where your umbrella is more likely to GET trashed.

Jan. 25 2010 03:36 PM

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