Free Things My Neighbors Give Away

Every week, my neighbors leave things out in the hallway that they don’t want anymore, hoping that someone else in the building will give their things a new home. Most of the time, they are books. Sometimes, they are weirdly shaped vases. One week, it was the first season of 24, and this week, it’s a bag of dry spices, and the first season of The West Wing. I haven’t taken anything yet, because I try to keep my apartment as clutter-free as possible. I’ve also seen really great bookshelves, coffee tables, and vintage storage trunks left out on the street to be collected by the sanitation department, but I refuse to rescue furniture in New York because: bed bugs. (Sorry, Logan!)

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