WHEN: September 2010 WHERE: Brooklyn, New York City PHOTO: Jon P. in NYC Kicking off a mini-series of discarded monkeys is this guy. At first glance, he looks kinda happy sitting in a tree. Then I noticed he was strapped in. That's messed up, dude.
WHEN: March 2009 WHERE: East Liberty, Pittsburgh The minute I saw this stroller crammed between some newspaper boxes outside Whole Foods, I knew it was tragic junk. I also rightly suspected it would stay there for days, which it did.
WHEN: April 2010 WHERE: Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo PHOTO: Jessica M. Even being "kawaii" -- super cute and adorable -- can't save this little plushie. Kitten, mouse, bunny? It's so freakin' cute I can't even tell!
WHEN: March 2010 WHERE: Bloomfield, Pittsburgh PHOTO: Chris P. In Pittsburgh Chris reports: "When I first walked past, the doll was laying face down, as in the first photo. What may not be clear is that the doll is headless. When I walked past later, the doll had been moved onto its back, and the new perspective revealed the bondage angle of the doll's hands tied together. One can only imagine the events that led to this poor doll's demise."
WHEN: February 2010 WHERE: Kensington Market, Toronto PHOTO: Laurie McG. in Toronto Laurie sez: This was lying on the ground, underneath a bike. I spotted him and propped him up on a rock next to the bike in order to take a photograph, and make him more visible so that he might be reclaimed by his owner.
I had some computer issues that finally resolved themselves in a hard-drive death. Hence, the lack of posts recently. But, I'm back up a new horse, and moving forward. Not sure how many stored photos I had on that dead hard drive (or where I backed them up), so if you've been thinking about sending in your own photos, now is a great time!
I walk a lot in the city and few things catch my eye more than the forlorn toy lying in the gutter or some other sad spot. I am haunted by a dirty, fuzzy stuffed rabbit wedged into the tiny space surrounding a pay phone; by the legs of a plastic creature bursting out from beneath a car wheel; by the headless action figure lying prone in an oily puddle.
There are a million homeless toys in endless cities: Do send in your own photos and I'll post them here. (Real stumbled-upon toys only, please; no set-ups. ) Tell me what city the sad toy is in, and any other info you'd like to provide.