There's a Lithuanian proverb, saying that we like it when our neighbor's house is burning. We're not very neighborly. So when I first heard about stooping -- people putting stuff they no longer need on the curb to be taken home by someone who wants it -- the whole thing sounded like a utopia to me. But it's not. And there's an Instagram account to prove it.
It's called Stooping NYC. Created by a Brooklyn couple who prefer to remain anonymous, the account unites a wholesome community, constantly informing one another about the treasures around the city and showing off their best finds. We at Bored Panda already covered this online movement here and here but they've been keeping themselves really busy so we have to do an update! Enjoy.
More info: Instagram
I Think I Speak For All Of Us When I Say... You Win Stooping!
Want More Proof Of How Amazing The Stooping NYC Community Is? Check Out This Stooping Success From Davidjamz
In one of our earlier publications on Stooping NYC, its founders said the amount of submissions they get is massive; on a typical weekday, their inbox receives hundreds if not a thousand submissions. On the weekend, especially at the end of the month, there are thousands of DMs.
That's a lot to choose from. "Knowing what stoopers need and what makes them excited, we try to prioritize items we receive that fit into those categories!" the people behind the account told Bored Panda. "But we really try to post as much as is physically possible (there are only 2 of us and we want to make sure we share as much as we can with the amazing Stooping NYC community)."
Hundreds Of Free New Books!!!! 52nd St Between 6th And 5th Ave
Omg Omg Omg!!! Run!! On Vernon And Nostrand In Bed Stuy
At the start of the pandemic when there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding health and safety protocols, they refrained from posting. But once they started up again in the summer, they were flooded with a wave of submissions caused by New Yorkers leaving the city for good.
Whatever the challenges, it looks like Stooping NYC is here to persevere. "[This project] has been so successful in large part because it's exclusively on social media (Instagram specifically)!" the showrunners said.
"Hosting it on social media means that more people have access [to everything it has to offer] and not just New Yorkers; it also gives access to a piece of New York City culture to people who follow from far and wide. It also has enabled us to 'gameify' stooping, with stoopers sharing stories of things they spot, stoop, take home (#stoopjourney) and ultimately give new life to (#stoopingsuccess). It would really be challenging to tell stories around the pieces like we do on any other platform."
I’m Just Going To Say It... Colbysadeghi Is My Hero. He Got This Beauty Home To Make The Best Stooping Success Of The Morning!
Gorgeous Stained Glass On Eastern Parkway Between Rogers And Nostrand
As you can see from the pictures, it's virtually impossible to predict what's going to pop up on a curb somewhere in the city. And that's the beauty of the game.
"Stoopers are excited about a lot of things, running the spectrum from the New York apartment staples (bookshelves, kitchen islands) to valuable treasures (beanie baby collections, copper tubs, pianos) to the weird and quirky (the Ear Mirror, stiletto chairs), and, of course, every kind of plant. Ever."
The couple running the account added that they "feel so fortunate to have so much positivity in our lives that comes from this wonderful stooping community," and I'm pretty sure their followers would say the same.