Freegan Events in New York

October 2015 Freegan Events in New York

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If you arrive at an event and cannot find us, call Janet at (347) 724-6954 (no texts please)

Thursday, October 1st • Freegan Film Night featuring Urban Roots
Join us for Freegan Film Night featuring Urban Roots.  Freegan snacks will be available.  We’ll watch the movie, enjoy some food, and share our thoughts.
Urban Roots follows the urban farming phenomenon in Detroit. Urban Roots is a timely, moving and inspiring film that speaks to a nation grappling with collapsed industrial towns and the need to forge a sustainable and prosperous future.”
When & Where?  Doors open at 7, film starts at 7:30. We’ll be in the Assembly Hall at Judson Memorial Church (239 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012).

Monday, October 5th • Freegan Meeting, Discussion and Trash Tour
After brief report-backs on ongoing projects, we will have an open, facilitated discussion on a topic of freegan interest.  This month, we’ll be following up on our film screening and discussion urban farming as it relates to freeganism.  Bring your ideas and opinions and let’s talk!  We welcome both those with experience taking part in non-hierarchical consensus-based groups and those participating for the first time.  At 9pm, we will end our business meeting and have a brief, newcomer-friendly discussion about freeganism.  After, we will explore the area’s wasted food and other goods.  We give advice on how to salvage these goods and comment on the reasons for such waste.  The meeting is NOT open to media, but media WILL be welcome to the tour with appointment.
When & Where?  Meet at 7:30pm on the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall & Plaza, Court Street & Montague, Brooklyn, NYC.  If it rains or is real cold we’ll meet in the upstairs seating area of Panera Bread, 345 Adams Street (between Willoughby St & Tech Pl), in Brooklyn Heights/Downtown Brooklyn.  Take the A, C, F or R to Jay St/Metrotech, or the 2, 3, 4 or 5 to Borough Hall. If you have trouble finding us, call Janet: 347-724-6954.

Tuesday, October 20th •  Freegan Meeting, Freeganism 101 & Trash Tour
Help make freeganism happen in NYC! At our organizational meetings we discuss and decide on future activities and group direction.  Participants are encouraged to step up and introduce new freegan projects with the support of the group or take roles such as facilitating meetings or bottom-lining events.  We welcome both those with experience taking part in non-hierarchical consensus-based groups and those participating for the first time!  At 9pm, we will end our business meeting and have a brief, newcomer-friendly discussion about freeganism.  After, we will explore the area’s wasted food and other goods.  We give advice on how to salvage these goods and comment on the reasons for such waste.  The meeting is NOT open to media, but media WILL be welcome to the tour with appointment.
When & Where?  Meet at 7:30pm in the Sony public atrium at 550 Madison Avenue, between 55th and 56th Streets, Manhattan.  For the Freeganism 101 and trash tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.If you have trouble finding us, call Janet: 347-724-6954.

Wednesday, October 21st • Freegan Feast!
A FREE and mostly vegan community meals we make together with love, mostly using food we rescued from the trash.  We share meal planning, cooking, and other food prep skills, tell stories and jokes, meet new people and reconnect with old friends, and generally unplug from the current world order as we build community.  If you are not a skilled cook, it is OK!  If you are, that’s great!  You can plan a dish or two from the ingredients we have on hand, and get help if you want it.  All participants should plan to help in some way, even if other commitments prevent you arriving on time.  Media WILL be welcome with appointment, but journalists will be required to respect the wishes of those who do not want to be photographed.
When & Where?  It will be held at a volunteer’s home accessible by NYC Transit.  RSVP (at least a day ahead) to Janet at (347) 724-6954 for the location.  We’ll meet at 5:30pm to begin cooking and preparation.

Sunday, October 25th • Really Really Free Market
The Really Really Free Market is a bazaar & celebration, where we discard capitalist notions of interaction and have fun trying new models of exchange.  Expect and share free food, skills, clothing, books and fun!  For more information, contact  If you’d like to help and others gather and prepare food, contact
When & Where?  3-7pm at Judson Memorial Church at 55 Washington Square South in Manhattan.  They won’t be letting folks in early, unless you are signed up ahead of time to volunteer – so either show up at or after 3pm, or contact them at to sign up to help set up!

Ongoing Sustainable and Mutual Aid Events

Fixers Collective • Thursday, October 15th
Third Thursday of every month.  A social experiment in improvisational fixing and mending.  Bring your broken thing and place it on the fixing table for collective consideration.  The assembled group will share ideas and techniques for repairing, mending, enhancing or repurposing the objects before us.  A $5 donation is suggested, but no one turned away.  Check to confirm the time and date, and for more details.
When & Where?  7-10pm at Proteus Gowanus, 543 Union St. at Nevins, Brooklyn, R, F, G to Union or Carroll.

Weekly Bike Repair Workshops by Times Up
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MANHATTAN WORKSHOPS at ABC No Rio, at 156 Rivington St. in the Lower East Side.
Monday:  Bike Repair Classes: 6:30pm.
Thursday:  Fix Your Bike Workshop: 6:30pm.
BROOKLYN WORKSHOPS are at the Brooklyn space at 99 South 6th St, off Bedford Ave.
Tuesday: Bike Repair Classes: 6:30pm.
Wednesday: Fix Your Bike Workshop: 6:30pm.
Sunday: Fix Your Bike Workshop: 6pm. Share skills and fix up your own bike.

Food Not Bombs
Food Not Bombs in Manhattan offers a vegetarian meal share (using donated food that would otherwise be wasted) Sundays at 3:30pm in Tompkins Square Park.  Help cook at Catholic Worker, 36 E. 1st St. btwn. 1st & 2nd Aves. at 1pm. Info: or (212) 254-3697 ext. 27.
Long Island Food Not Bombs currently shares free groceries and hot meals every Saturday at 3pm just outside Von King/Tompkins (NW corner of Lafayete Ave. & Marcy Ave.) as part of its Bed-Stuy Food Share.  For more info check out or email

Wild Food Tours
“Wildman” Steve Brill holds frequent tours where you can learn to find and harvest wild growing plants for food and medicine.  Suggested donation is $20 ($10 for children under 12), sliding scale.  No one is ever turned away for lack of funds.  Upcoming tours in the NYC area are: 10/10 in Central Park, Manhattan; 10/17 in Prospect Park, Brooklyn; 10/25 in Central Park, Manhattan; plus tours in upstate NY, Long Island, PA, and CT. Register and find out more at

Grub Community Building Meal
1st & 3rd Sunday every month.  A mostly freegan dinner for strangers and co-conspirators in a relaxed environment.  There is no charge but donations are requested.  Doors at 6:30 PM; dinner at 7, come as early as 3:30 to help cook.  Grub has recently been at Solar Yoga Ashram, 373 9th St. in Park Slope, Brooklyn – but check the wall at to confirm the location! 

Community Swaps by GrowNYC
Bring clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, house wares, games, books, & toys that you no longer need, and take home something new-to-you, free!  You don’t have to bring something to take something.  No furniture or large items, please. Upcoming in October they have two swaps on Saturday, October 3rd: 12-3pm at MS 35 Stephen Decatur, 272 MacDonough St in Brooklyn; and 12-3pm at the GetGreen South Bronx Earth Fest at St. Mary’s Park, St. Ann’s Ave & 146 St in the Bronx.  For more information and calendar of events see:

Lower East Side Ecology Center accepts organic material for composting (fruit & vegetable peelings, cut flowers, etc.) at Union Square Greenmarket (Mon, Wed, Fri, & Sat. 8am-5pm) or drop off at the center on E. 7th St. btwn. Aves. B & C on Sundays, 8am – 5pm.  They are also offering compost dropoff for commuters: 1st Ave. & Houston St, M-F, 8am-11am; Clinton & Grand, Mon. & Fri, 8-11am; East Broadway & Rutgers, Wed. 8-11am; and West 23rd St. and 8th Avenue, Tues. & Thurs, 8am-11am.  For more info see
The W. 181st St. Beautification Project: compost drop-off at garden, 880 W. 181 St; Washington Heights.
The W. 124th St. Community Garden has compost drop-off at the garden on W. 124th St. between 5th and Lenox in Harlem. More info and hours:
Compost for Brooklyn will accept residential food scraps on alternating Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays – check for the exact dates and times at  They are at the intersections of Newkirk Avenue and East 8th Street in Brooklyn.
GrowNYC has greatly expanded compostables collection.  See the expanded dropoff site list here:

Computer and Electronics Recycling
The Lower East Side Ecology Center is hosting a heap of fall e-waste recycling events in September and October – see the full schedule at  Also, their permanent e-waste collection center is at 469 President Street (at Nevins Street) nearest the Union St. D,N,R station and is open Tues 10-5, Wed 12-7, Thurs 10-5, Fri 10-5 and Sat 10-4.  For more info, go to:
Goodwill Stores collect electronics for recycling through their Reconnect program.

Textile Recycling 
We are disappointed to hear that the farm market collection of textiles is no longer accepting scraps, rags, or other “unusable textiles”; but for used clothing, shoes, linens, and such, there are textile collections at 31 Greenmarkets in four boroughs.  See the list here: or call 311 for more info.  To see (and perhaps comment on) Wearable Collections’ statement on the change in policy over what is collected go to their site here: