October 2015 Freegan Events in New York
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.
Ongoing Sustainable and Mutual Aid Events
When & Where? 7-10pm at Proteus Gowanus, 543 Union St. at Nevins, Brooklyn, R, F, G to Union or Carroll.
More info at www.times-up.org.
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: email@example.com 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 www.lifnb.com or email LongIslandFoodNotBombs@gmail.com.
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 wildmanstevebrill.com.
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 http://tinyurl.com/grubdinner to confirm the location!
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 www.lesecologycenter.org.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 http://tinyurl.com/fallewaste15. 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: http://tinyurl.com/ewastewarehouse.
Goodwill Stores collect electronics for recycling through their Reconnect program.
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: http://www.grownyc.org/clothing 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: http://wearablecollections.com/greenmarkets/.