Argh, me hearties, there’s treasure to be found in the unlikeliest of places and it’s not just doubloons I’m talking about. You have to keep your one good pirate eye out and, before you know it, you’ll be bringing home useful, gorgeous, and exciting things that friendly strangers left lying for you on the sidewalk.

If you’re lucky enough to live in New York City or if you’ve ever visited the Big Apple as a tourist, then you probably know all about stooping—people leaving behind things they no longer need on the sidewalk in front of their homes for others to ‘adopt’ and enjoy. It’s a proud tradition that the ‘Stooping NYC’ Instagram account documents.

“Stooping is so popular in NYC because it really is an activity that’s built into the culture of being a New Yorker. Unlike other cities, New York is transient and that means that people are always moving. No one apartment is quite like another, and so this activity of putting items that no longer fit/serve a need is something that has long existed,” the couple told Readingaro. Be sure to read on for our interview with the couple behind the wildly popular ‘Stooping NYC’ account. They told Readingaro all about the ever-growing account, their passion project, and their wonderful community that they’re building each day.

After you’re done scrolling through this list and upvoting your fave photos, you can enjoy our previous post about the ‘Stooping NYC’ account right over here.


#1 And We’re Equal Parts Speechless And Jealous

#2 Oh Wow!!! 193 Moffat St. Bk.

#3 Therapy, But Make It Chic. 254 Gates Avenue

#4 Check Out This Plant Angel Stooper! She Does This Every Week! 600 10th Ave In Hell’s Kitchen

#5 The Plant Mother Load

#6 *Immediately Googles How To Decorate My House*

#7 Guys. Good News And Bad News. Good News. This Is Amazing. Bad News. The Stoopers Told Us They Saw It Yesterday And Don’t Know If It’s Still There. Someone Has To Go Check! Jackson St. Between Cherry And Madison

#8 What A Heavy Gem! 23rd Btwn Broadway And 6th

#9 Well Damn. Is It Weird I’m Half Expectating To Open This And Have It Be A Magical Portal? Corner Of 6th Ave And 12th St In Park Slope!

#10 Your Parents Were Lying When They Said Nothing Good Happens After Dark. Stooping Success From Last Night!

#11 *Googles What Decor Items Go Best In An Oversized Bird Cage* North Henry And Richardson

#12 Long Time Stooper. First Time Success!

#13 Jaw Drop. Classon Ave And Quincy Street

#14 Holy Holy Holy Holy Holy Holy. Lafayette In Between Marcus Garvey And Lewis

#15 Hot Damn. Hustle!!! Meserole & Lorimer

#16 Sfarrellnyc Snagged An Absolute Beauty! Congrats On Your Stooping Success

#17 It’s Like If An Accordion Met A Keyboard

#18 Tell Me You’re A New Yorker, Without Telling Me You’re A New Yorker… Jcportuondo Knows How To Make The Mta Regal Af!

#19 Drafting Table On Washington Ave Between Atlantic And Fulton

#20 NYC… You Never Cease To Amaze Us! 101st St Just Off Columbus

#21 Red Alert!!! This Is Outside Getting Snowed On. Go Get It! Gorgeous And Great Condition. Sterling Place And Flatbush Ave

#22 It Does Say Not Heavy… Armoire In Front Of 567 Bainbridge St. In Brooklyn! Cute Pup Not Included

#23 Now There’s No Excuse To Stop Those Piano Lessons! This Little Guy Will Fit Nicely In Your Studio! Baby Piano On 3rd And 72nd!

#24 These Two Beauties Are Officially Off The Market!

#25 Just Plop On Down And Get To Work! Park Ave S And 31st

#26 Run To These!!! Clear Chairs! St Marks And 6th Ave Park Slope!

#27 Start The Carrrrrrrrr!!! This Beauty Is On Warren St Between B’way And Church St!

#28 Listen, We Don’t Ask For Much… But We Have An Ask. Before Picking This Beautiful Piano Up, Can We Hear A Song Or Two? We’ll Play Them Here! Carlton Ave Between Myrtle And Willoughby!

#29 Guys… Get Ready. Today Is Going To Be A Great Stooping Day! Here. We. Go. 2nd Between 57th And 58th

#30 Guys… Holy S**t! Fidi – Beaver And S. William!

#31 Make Looking At Yourself Fancy Af. In Front Of 234 Skillman Ave

#32 Now These Are Some Stoopers In The Wild

#33 Jaw Drop! Across From 389 Lincoln Pl In Prospect Heights!

#34 Omg! Say What? Empire And Rogers!

#35 Guys… We Have To Do A Caption Contest Here!!! Go! 20th And 6th In Chelsea

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