There's a fascinating article in today's NY Times about "freeganism" - folks who try to reject capitalism wherever possible by using thrown-away products such as damaged food or items found in dumpsters. The article talks at length about the perfectly good furniture and personal items tossed out by New Yorkers. If you go into just about any of my friends' apartments, they'll proudly point to a table or a desk with a story about how "it was just sitting on the sidewalk". Craigslist has a category called "curb alert" so folks can let others know about items they've just spotted on the street. Here on the Upper East Side, where the zillionaires toss their entire place regularly, I never have that kind of luck. Every time I see something cool on the street, I'm by myself and can't carry it.