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There’s nowhere on Earth quite like New York City. The Big Apple houses nearly 19 million people and countless sights you can’t find anywhere else: the Empire State Building, the world’s best bagels and plenty of amazing pieces of furniture just waiting to be adopted off the streets.

If you’re not already familiar with the Stooping NYC Instagram account, allow us to introduce you to this page that features the best finds New Yorkers have spotted while walking through the city. From velvet sofas to race car beds, you’ll find some of the most fabulous items this account has alerted fellow residents of below. So enjoy this virtual stroll through the streets of Manhattan, and keep reading to find a conversation between Bored Panda and Stooping NYC's creators!

#1

Real Wood! Real Nice! 114 E 37th St Manhattan

Real Wood! Real Nice! 114 E 37th St Manhattan

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#2

Oh You Kind People. Aloe Had Babies And Now They’re For Everyone! Free Aloe Babies On South Portland Ave Near Dekalb!

Oh You Kind People. Aloe Had Babies And Now They’re For Everyone! Free Aloe Babies On South Portland Ave Near Dekalb!

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Needs Some Tlc But Otherwise Absolutely Stunning!!! Stockholm And Myrtle In Bushwick

Needs Some Tlc But Otherwise Absolutely Stunning!!! Stockholm And Myrtle In Bushwick

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Living in New York City is a dream of many people all over the world, but there’s no question that this magical city presents unique challenges as well. New Yorkers tend to move often, with 75% of residents saying they’ve relocated at least once in the past five years and one fifth revealing that they’ve moved at least four times in the past five years. And when they do move, over 40% relocate to another neighborhood, and nearly 40% move to a different borough. In a city where most residents don’t own cars and rely on public transportation, it can be incredibly difficult moving large items of furniture around. At the same time, someone else is always moving, so if you leave a desk on the sidewalk, someone who needs it is bound to stumble upon it…

That’s where Stooping NYC comes in. This Instagram account has amassed 442k followers for constantly alerting residents of the treasures they can find scattered across their city’s streets. The page requests that followers DM them photos of finds they come across, as well as the locations of these items, so they can broadcast the news to fellow New Yorkers. They also ask for #StoopingSuccess stories to celebrate recycled pieces that end up in new, loving homes.   

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#4

Bring Those Baby Blues To Me Please! 315 E80th St

Bring Those Baby Blues To Me Please! 315 E80th St

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#5

The Cutest Red Fridge In The World Is Officially In A Queens. 31-06 30th Ave

The Cutest Red Fridge In The World Is Officially In A Queens. 31-06 30th Ave

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#6

Stairs To _______. 240a Nassua Ave

Stairs To _______. 240a Nassua Ave

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We’re big fans of Stooping NYC here at Bored Panda, and lucky for us, we’ve been able to get in touch with the couple who runs the account several times. The creators of the page, who wish to remain anonymous, previously told Bored Panda that they’re attempting to end the stigma associated with viewing someone else’s trash as your own treasure. “We’ve tried to 'game-ify' the activity, making it feel like a scavenger hunt,” the New Yorkers shared. “And I think because of this, we have seen it become popular and trendy with an entirely younger audience. 75% of our followers are 18-35 years old.”

There’s no question that they’ve had success, but in doing so, the creators now receive an incredible amount of submissions from followers. Two years ago, they shared, “On a typical weekday, we get hundreds if not one thousand submissions. On the weekend (especially at the end of the month), we get thousands of DM submissions.” Considering that the page has only increased in popularity since then, I can’t imagine how flooded their messages are today!

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#7

Basically A New Home. 85th St On Columbus Ave

Basically A New Home. 85th St On Columbus Ave

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Xenia Harley
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I rescued a plant someone left in a park since it was a indoor plant and starting to get chilly. My son has the plant (really tree) at work now!

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#8

Pretty Sure This Is The Nicest Human Being In The Whole World 😂 (Or It’s A Brilliant Set Up…). Union Btw Court And Clinton

Pretty Sure This Is The Nicest Human Being In The Whole World 😂 (Or It’s A Brilliant Set Up…). Union Btw Court And Clinton

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1 year ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If he's really nice he equipped them with AirTags/GPS trackers so the thief can find the bike back if it gets stolen again.

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#9

It's Free Because It's Chardonnay

It's Free Because It's Chardonnay

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sbj
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Apart from being Chardonnay there must be something else wrong, maybe corked or homemade

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We reached out to the brilliant minds behind Stooping NYC again, and they were kind enough to answer a few more questions for us, first providing an update on how the page has been since we last checked in with them. “StoopingNYC has continued to grow and we’re fortunate to now have almost 450k stoopers following our account from all over the world!” they proudly shared. “The stoops we receive continue to be incredibly impressive; from wildly expensive blue velvet bubble couches, to taxidermy monkeys, to limited edition PEZ dispensers and more! There’s never a dull day to be stooping in NYC!”

#10

Awesom-O. 135th And Frederick Douglas

Awesom-O. 135th And Frederick Douglas

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#11

We Just Want To Use This Word… Poufs! Bet Wordle Hasn’t Done That One Yet. 23 Conselyea

We Just Want To Use This Word… Poufs! Bet Wordle Hasn’t Done That One Yet. 23 Conselyea

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Will Cable
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As a gay man so want to joke about 2 poufs on the street corner waiting to be picked up by someone ........but I know I would be banned

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#12

This Looks Almost Too Fancy To Sit On. East 122nd And Lexington

This Looks Almost Too Fancy To Sit On. East 122nd And Lexington

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

An auspicious find!—was it "Baroque-n" anywhere? ...wait for it... (broken) (i.e., Decadent "Baroque" style: Architecture, sculpture, music, etc., circa 1600-1750ish). "If ya hafta explain a joke it's obviously humorous to only you", this author tells themself.

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The couple also shared that they’re constantly surprised by what people choose to dump on the streets for others. “Over the years, we have seen $10k copper bathtubs, couches worth thousands and really amazing antiques that are probably priceless,” they shared with Bored Panda. “I think this is what makes stooping in NYC so wild… This city is full of people who are transient, constantly moving around.”

#13

Super Cool Old Singer Sewing Machine! On The Corner Of 85th And 4th Ave In Bay Ridge

Super Cool Old Singer Sewing Machine! On The Corner Of 85th And 4th Ave In Bay Ridge

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Mia Black
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Who places things like this on the pedestrian way to a crossway? An awful choice in my opinion

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Anyone Starting A Band? Seen At 467 Stratford Road

Anyone Starting A Band? Seen At 467 Stratford Road

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Becklass
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Forms 80s style rock group under a tree. Now to find some shoulder pads and a hair crimper…

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The creators went on to share that the wealth of many residents in NYC contributes to the amazing finds you can come across while stooping. “In many cases, it’s easier to place something on the stoop and ‘pay it forward’ to your fellow New Yorker than to jump through hoops to sell it,” they explained. “And we couldn’t be more thankful for the people that choose to do that!” they added with a smile.

#16

I Would Have Loved These!

I Would Have Loved These!

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#17

Would We Recommend Dumpster Diving For One Chair? Probably Not. But What About Potentially Hundreds? Over Centre Street And Canal

Would We Recommend Dumpster Diving For One Chair? Probably Not. But What About Potentially Hundreds? Over Centre Street And Canal

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A Beautiful Stooping Success And Home!

A Beautiful Stooping Success And Home!

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We also asked the couple if they had recently found any particularly impressive finds while stooping, but they shared that nowadays, they’re more focused on leaving items for their followers to find. “It’s an amazing feeling to watch someone discover an item you’ve put out, witness the joy it brings them and see them walk off with it, to give it a new life! But every now and then, we may have a post that features something from our home!”

#19

Something About The Blue That Makes This Dresser “Fancy”. 😂 62 & 2nd

Something About The Blue That Makes This Dresser “Fancy”. 😂 62 & 2nd

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#20

Rumor Has It That This Is A Very Expensive Guitar. Outside Of The Cubesmart On Bogart And Harrison Place

Rumor Has It That This Is A Very Expensive Guitar. Outside Of The Cubesmart On Bogart And Harrison Place

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Jan Rosier
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

WTF? what idiot throws out a BC Rich? Even without strings, and perhaps needing new pick-ups, this is a treasure. If truely unreparable, then it is an expensive piece of wall-art !

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Gorgeous Mirror On 26 East 72nd St

Gorgeous Mirror On 26 East 72nd St

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Casey Payne
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Make sure that's not a portal to the phantom zone or the fairy realms before you bring that into your home. Anything from ancient gods, Krypton goth bands all the way to Cthulhu might tumble out of that thing. Oh, and check for ghosts. They can be annoying.

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When it comes to advice on finding amazing items while strolling down the street, the creators say, “The biggest and most important tip is to obviously follow @StoopingNYC on IG! Turn your notifications on, as we post hundreds of items every day from all across the five boroughs!” They also added that the end of the month is the best time to be on the lookout, as people tend to leave amazing treasures out when they’re moving.

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“Finally, we’re so grateful to have such a wonderfully positive community of stoopers!” the creators shared. And we’re thankful for their amazing page!

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All Three Pieces Were So Good That We Had No Idea How To Out Them In Order!! In Front Of 13 East 22nd Street

All Three Pieces Were So Good That We Had No Idea How To Out Them In Order!! In Front Of 13 East 22nd Street

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A Ton Of Old Books Used For Props + Bookends Available At 105 Wooster St!

A Ton Of Old Books Used For Props + Bookends Available At 105 Wooster St!

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I just learned recently that rich people can by books by the yard for their fake libraries. I always wondered where the books came from.

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What Are You Using This For? Lots Of Silly String For Grabs At Woodward And Metropolitan In Bushwick. Close To The Western Beef

What Are You Using This For? Lots Of Silly String For Grabs At Woodward And Metropolitan In Bushwick. Close To The Western Beef

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1 year ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Awwww, would have been perfect for all the upcoming graduation ceremonies & parties 🎓🎉

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And even if you’re not a New Yorker, there’s no reason you can’t get on the stooping train. “We have created content segments that make Stooping NYC an easy and exciting account to follow from afar, with fans in Europe, Canada, Argentina, Italy, Spain, Australia and Asia following every #stoopingsuccess to be a voyeur into the way New Yorkers live," the couple previously told Bored Panda. "The idea is so simple in so many ways, and we are amplifying it on a platform (IG) that is pretty universal, so all those things combined have contributed to our growing success. We continue to see more and more followers flock to and use our account to furnish their lives, saving things from landfills and ultimately encouraging a new generation to live more sustainable lives."

#25

From What I’ve Been Told…this Is Very Expensive… In Park Slope. 14th Between 6th And 7th

From What I’ve Been Told…this Is Very Expensive… In Park Slope. 14th Between 6th And 7th

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My Favorite Part About This Is It’s Happening In Times Square 😂. Not All Heroes Wear Capes!

My Favorite Part About This Is It’s Happening In Times Square 😂. Not All Heroes Wear Capes!

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#27

It’s A Need Not A Want. In Front Of 500 Saint Marks In Brooklyn. Between Classon Avenue And Franklin Ave

It’s A Need Not A Want. In Front Of 500 Saint Marks In Brooklyn. Between Classon Avenue And Franklin Ave

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We hope you’re enjoying viewing these fabulous and questionable items that have ended up on the streets of New York, pandas. It’s a difficult city to make it in, even as a dining room table, but I’m sure all of these pieces ended up in loving homes soon after being shared. Keep upvoting the pics of items you’d be happy to take home, and then if you’re interested in checking out some of Bored Panda’s previous articles featuring Stooping NYC, you can find them right here, here and here!

#28

Your Bedroom Set Is Ready For Pick Up! Gorgeous Dressers 51st & 2nd

Your Bedroom Set Is Ready For Pick Up! Gorgeous Dressers 51st & 2nd

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#29

Someone Printed A National Treasure On This Pillow. Bushwick On Jefferson & Wilson

Someone Printed A National Treasure On This Pillow. Bushwick On Jefferson & Wilson

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Agnes Jekyll
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

WHAT is the story here? Like, did this person put this on a pillow for Sam to find?

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100% Pee Bottle. Classon Ave Between Bergen And Dean

100% Pee Bottle. Classon Ave Between Bergen And Dean

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Katie Lutesinger
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Even more free booze- wait, you know what, this one I'm not touching.

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