Hoboken Sidewalk Shotz Redux


Back in November 2009, I ran a week-long feature called “Sidewalk Shotz,” which was a daily photo entry displaying some of the many interesting items spotted while walking around Hoboken.

Well, it’s back with another week of sidewalk oddities!

Hoboken Sidewalk Shot: More useful rubbish!

This is one thing I truly like about our town. The countless times I spot a piece of refuse that still has some useful life! The owners are naturally inclined to advise passerby that the item is in fact not broken, just no longer wanted. So instead of going through the trouble of eBay or Craigslist (for what would probably be a couple pennies on the dollar), they incorporate the time value of their money and just give it to anyone else that cares to haul it away!

Hoboken Sidewalk Sightings free appliance coffee and toaster

See previous updates after the jump!


If you’re not too absorbed with your mp3’s, cell phones or constantly rushing to get nowhere fast – you’d notice a plethora of mildly interesting things from the streets and sidewalks of Hoboken.

Each day this week, I’ll feature a different “Sidewalk Shot” for your entertainment. Feel free to send your odd or amusing observations in!

So what are we starting the week with?

Hoboken Sidewalk Shot: Giving to others

Spotted this bag of dog food near 11th and Willow a while back. It’s obvious this person spent some money, and despite the finicky nature of his or her pet, felt guilty about wasting it. So instead of tossing it out, they placed it on the street with an accompanying note explaining what it was. Hopefully, someone may have gotten some use out of it!


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Monday, January 25, 2010 5:36 pm

There’s still good trash in Hoboken.

Monday, January 25, 2010 1:28 pm

Same. When I moved about seven years ago, I put the most God-awful ugly yellow dresser in front of my old building and, in the time it took me to drive from Hudson and 3rd to Curling Club and back, it was gone. In all fairness, it was a good quality piece of furniture, but it was butt ugly.

Monday, January 25, 2010 1:22 pm

My wife is a book critic and about once a month we put all of the books she doesn’t want to keep in a box out front. They always go within several hours and we’ve made some new friends among Hoboken’s literate masses. Sometimes people will stand out there for quite a while leafing through the books to decide which ones they’d like to spend time with.

Monday, January 25, 2010 1:14 pm

Last month I put a few pieces of decent small furniture out on a bitter cold Sunday evening when there were fewer-than-usual signs of life on the street. Though I was pessimistic too many people would walk by and take interest under the circumstances, I was hell-bent on getting rid of this stuff that night.

To my surprise, while making a second trip outside with a few more things (literally 45 seconds later!) I ran into two girls who were already the pleased new owners of my two chairs. They thanked me and were genuinely excited about their find-it made me feel great! By later on that evening, every single thing I put outside was gone. Seems that no matter what time of the day or night, and despite arctic winds, there is always someone in Hoboken interested in providing a home for this “useful rubbish.”

Monday, November 16, 2009 1:44 pm

over the years ive placed various things out in front of my house and within a half an hour they are usually gone

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