This post is about trash, and no, I’m not talking about my ex boyfriends, I’m talking about real trash, wonderful and glorious New York City trash, like the green Asian chair in the picture right there. Yes, I actually found that chair in the garbage. What was I doing rifling through the garbage, you may be asking yourself. Actually I was on my way to the laundry room in the basement of my apartment building, which just so happens to be next to the trash compactor, when I saw that chair sitting so prettily next to a dozen or so big black hefty bags. My heart started pounding wildly. I mean hello, could it fit any better in my apartment that’s been decorated with Asian accents ? I wanted it. Had to have it! Of course when I picked it up to carry back to my apartment on the fifth floor, I ran like a crazy person to the elevator, praying no one would see holding it, especially its former owner. How embarrassing would that be? Trust me, I’d know. Last year I threw out a blue and white floral comforter and a few hours later found myself in the elevator standing next to an old woman who had rescued the thing. In fact, I still see the thing from time to time spinning in the dryer. Which kind of freaks me out. So when I got into the elevator with the chair, I frantically hit my floor at least a dozen times before the doors FINALLY shut. And smiled the entire ride up.

Speaking of New York City trash, that picture of the doll lying in the dumpster was taken by Beth Callahan, a friend and fellow flight attendant/photographer, who had her photographs published in the green issue of THE AMERICAN WAY MAGAZINE this month. The layout features several pictures of trash from all around the world. She’s an amazing photographer with an eye for detail. Check out more of her work by clicking:
Here’s a few other examples of her work she took while flying the unfriendly skies, located under LOST IN TRANSLATION on her website…



  1. NYC trash can be the best! My brother found a dining room table, television and microwave. All in working condition – actually excellent condition….you just never know what you’ll find.

  2. I know this is old. I never knew how to leave a comment. What can I say? I am challenged. But thanks for posting my projects. As always HP rocks!

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