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January 23, 2009

Sidewalk + Snow + Stereo

One of the strange and beautiful things about living in New York is that eventually you’ll see every type of manufactured object, usually in perfect working order, lying on the sidewalk. Joe the Editor and I were getting lunch last week when we came across a lonely stereo system in the snow, and decided to immortalize it on film before its trip to the landfill. The beer bottles were also a nice touch. For all your years of rocking, Snowy Stereo, we salute you.

Question: What’s the most interesting object you’ve ever found on the sidewalk?


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Recoil says

Jan 23, 2009

A christmas tree.

In mid-July.

Justus says

Jan 23, 2009

My sister lives in Amsterdam, one night people carried a piano outside the house ready to pick up by the garbage collectors. My sister didn't sleep for two nights because it still worked :)

Christian says

Jan 23, 2009

Personnaly i collect on my Flickr pict of TV screens or computer screens that i found on the street, i think they have some… (ahem) soul :^)

Hilda says

Jan 23, 2009

photo slides.. lots of photo slides!

giovanni says

Jan 23, 2009

A PowerMac alone on south manhattan docks

Mathieu says

Jan 23, 2009

Definitely a sketchy wolf poster with a moon in the background!

Moyo says

Jan 23, 2009

A brand new white leather sofa wrapped in plastic in the upper west side. There were a bunch of books on it.

gary says

Jan 23, 2009

@ moyo - are you sure it wasn't just someone moving? they probably came back with their van, and their sofa and books were gone!

jmania says

Jan 23, 2009

I would have to say it was a peaceful Japanese gentleman who had turned in for the evening and carefully taken off his shoes and hat.


david says

Jan 23, 2009

a los angeles lakers Yarmulke

webster says

Jan 23, 2009

I was walking home from work and found a christmas sweater on a fire hydrant. And it was only september.

fatblood AKA "Zoe" says

Jan 23, 2009

my best find was a Lasonic TRC-922 that had just been thrown from the back of a pickup truck driving under the BQE in Brooklyn NYC.
The power supply cable was disconnected so I fixed it and the only thing that doesn't work is the tape drive, other wise a great loud OG boom box from the 80's I use daily in my office.

I find all kinds of great stuff in the dumpsters in NYC;computer parts, TV's, lamps, and side tables that just need a little TLC and are like new. Just keep your eyes open.

Seany says

Jan 24, 2009

i once found an entire living room set out on the street with a microwave.

Esteban says

Jan 24, 2009

My girlfriend once found a clean perfectly working fancy nespresso coffee machine.

Ben says

Jan 24, 2009

An old eMac still in the box outside of a bank. A 32 inches tv on the sidewalk, it was so big that people had to go into the street to pass it.

Stupod says

Jan 24, 2009

Two big throbbing DSLRs plus a thermos on the path outside a convenience store in Nagoya, Japan: http://bit.ly/15mzJ

gary says

Jan 24, 2009

@ esteban - it wasn't this one, was it?

gary says

Jan 24, 2009

stupod, that's bizarre. what do you think was the story with those?

Everett Tyndall says

Jan 24, 2009

an Atari 800XL, complete with games (frogger, donkey kong, qix, etc) and accounting applications, 5.25" drive, and some other 800XL peripherals... will cherish forever, along with my Amstrad PC-1512DD...

The Steven says

Jan 25, 2009

Not far from my home (near Phila, PA) a Sun Ultra 10 and NeXT Cube

Dave says

Jan 25, 2009

An Apple Macintosh SE 1/ 20, and it worked !!!

Pimp says

Jan 25, 2009

One day, I was struttin' to my favorite funkified version of "Who's that Girl" when I come across a perfectly good white boy... just thrown out on the sidewalk. What's this world coming to???

Robert says

Jan 25, 2009

I found a perfectly functional Dell Inspiron E1505 this past Wednesday in a trashcan. Apparently some college kids moved out of the house and left a bunch of stuff (weight bench, microwave, couches, and apparently this computer). The owner didn't feel like messing with it so he put it all outside for the trash. Score!

dzengal says

Jan 26, 2009

I'm all for free stuff (once found an amazing leather sofa with pullout bed free of unwanted pests), but leaving electronic equipment out in the rain or snow means that hazardous waste can end up in the water. There's a great site to find where you can take your recyclables:

Dario says

Feb 03, 2009

4 wonderfull, original, dated, Kartell Chairs - Carlo Bartoli designed - in white (in the rubbish).

Allie says

Feb 03, 2009

A set of deer antlers still attached to half a skull

Stupod says

Feb 04, 2009

@Gary - I waited around for a while and the owner walked out of the store and grabbed them. It's not unusual for precious items to be left unattended in Japan because there's barely any crime. The interesting or strange thing is that the owner decided not to take them into the store. I guess he either thought he couldn't carry it all plus whatever he bought (he hardly bought anything) or he thought it might be rude to bring it in (possibly more likely). Either way, strange.

CB says

Feb 11, 2009

a nearly life-size paper mache alligator.

i believe it was originally a lacoste-store prop, as it perfectly matches the lacoste logo, and when one of the legs later broke off and the newspaper used to make it was revealed from under the paint, it was in french....

it now lives on my kitchen ceiling...

iGlad says

Feb 12, 2009

Justus said "My sister lives in Amsterdam, one night people carried a piano outside the house ready to pick up by the garbage collectors. My sister didn’t sleep for two nights because it still worked :)"

That comment made me laugh, pity we don't get such things on our poor Manchester streets as none of the above would be there for too long before someone whips it away to sell on ebay or at a local carboot. Computers on the street no chance anyway, we're are not allowed to however skip diving is quite popular in London.

KO says

Feb 17, 2009


Miles Coolidge

Gene says

Feb 17, 2009

The best time to walk around NYC is at the end of every month when people are moving out of their apartments. :)

Traci says

Mar 12, 2009

Last week I happened upon a cassette tape collection (about 500 tapes) out on the sidewalk in my neighborhood in Brooklyn. I grabbed a Guns N'Roses "Appetite for Destruction" for my boyfriend, and walked away triumphantly.

The strange thing is that, last year, I put my entire tape collection out on the sidewalk in front of my apartment. When I saw people rummaging through the tapes from my bedroom window, I felt both proud and sheepish. The tapes were gone within an hour.

I gave away a Guns N'Roses "Appetite for Destruction" last year. Perhaps this found tape was *mine* all along. Or not.

If the original owner was listening at her window while I searched, how would she interpret my whoop of delight? A shout at what was found? Or would she know that it was actually the cry of the re-claimed?