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?


  1. January 23rd, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Recoil says:

    A christmas tree.

    In mid-July.

  2. January 23rd, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Justus says:

    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 :)

  3. January 23rd, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Christian says:

    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 :^)

  4. January 23rd, 2009 at 11:43 am

    Hilda says:

    photo slides.. lots of photo slides!

  5. January 23rd, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    giovanni says:

    A PowerMac alone on south manhattan docks

  6. January 23rd, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Mathieu says:

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

  7. January 23rd, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Moyo says:

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

  8. January 23rd, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    gary says:

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

  9. January 23rd, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    jmania says:

    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.

  10. January 23rd, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    david says:

    a los angeles lakers Yarmulke

  11. January 23rd, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    webster says:

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

  12. January 23rd, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    fatblood AKA "Zoe" says:

    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.

  13. January 24th, 2009 at 1:07 am

    Seany says:

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

  14. January 24th, 2009 at 2:39 am

    Esteban says:

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

  15. January 24th, 2009 at 4:41 am

    Ben says:

    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.

  16. January 24th, 2009 at 5:16 am

    Stupod says:

    Two big throbbing DSLRs plus a thermos on the path outside a convenience store in Nagoya, Japan:

  17. January 24th, 2009 at 8:52 am

    gary says:

    @ esteban – it wasn’t this one, was it?

  18. January 24th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    gary says:

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

  19. January 24th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Everett Tyndall says:

    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…

  20. January 25th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    The Steven says:

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

  21. January 25th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Dave says:

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

  22. January 25th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Pimp says:

    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???

  23. January 25th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Robert says:

    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!

  24. January 26th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    dzengal says:

    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:

  25. February 3rd, 2009 at 7:19 am

    Dario says:

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

  26. February 3rd, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Allie says:

    A set of deer antlers still attached to half a skull

  27. February 4th, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Stupod says:

    @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.

  28. February 11th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    CB says:

    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…

  29. February 12th, 2009 at 7:03 am

    iGlad says:

    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.

  30. February 17th, 2009 at 4:40 am

    KO says:

    Miles Coolidge

  31. February 17th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Gene says:

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

  32. March 12th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Traci says:

    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?

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