You've probably heard the advice that if you want to get rid of something in New York, just set it out on the curb and it'll be gone in half an hour.
Well, I thought I'd test this out. I've had this old wicker settee for nigh on a decade and finally decided I didn't need it enough to take up space in my diminished quarters. So I set it out on the curb (strangling my genteel Southern guilt at cluttering my own neighborhood thusly) and set off to Veselka for a late-night treat of delicious raspberry blintzes and coffee.
Came back and it was gone.