Freegan Events in New York

August 2016 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

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Tuesday, August 2nd • Freegan Meeting, Discussion and Trash Tour
After brief updates about ongoing projects, we will have an open, facilitated discussion on a topic of freegan interest.  This month, we’ll discuss ideas for reusing salvaged items in creative and artistic ways.  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 and tour are NOT open to media.
When & Where?   Meet at 7:30pm at Carl Schurz park on the East River.  Enter the park at 86th Street and go up the steps to the benches by the river.  Take the 4, 5, or 6 to 86th.
In case of rain, we’ll meet in the seating area in Whole Foods at 1551 3rd Ave between 87th and 88th.
For the Freeganism 101 and trash tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.

Thursday, August 4th •  Freegan Film Night
dirt_movieJoin us for Freegan Film Night featuring Dirt.  Freegan snacks will be available.  We’ll watch the movie, enjoy some food, and share our thoughts.
DIRT! The Movie–narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis–brings to life the environmental, economic, social and political impact that the soil has.  It shares the stories of experts from all over the world who study and are able to harness the beauty and power of a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with soil.”
When & Where?  Doors open at 7pm, film starts at 7:30pm.  We’ll be in Assembly Hall at Judson Memorial Church (239 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012).

Monday, August 15th •  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 at the Highline – enter at 10th Ave and 16th Street – we’ll meet just south of there along the covered section with tables and chairs.
For the Freeganism 101 and trash tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.

Tuesday, August 16th • Freegan Feast!
A FREE and mostly vegan community meal 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.

Ongoing Sustainable and Mutual Aid Events

Fixers Collective First Wednesday in Brooklyn, Third Wednesday in Manhattan
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 is turned away.

Wednesday, August 3rd
7-10pm at The Brooklyn Commons (2nd floor in library), 388 Atlantic Ave. btwn. Hoyt and Bond in Brooklyn, A/C/G Hoyt-Schermerhorn, 2/3 Hoyt St
Wedensday, August 17th
7-10pm at Hack Manhattan (137 West 14th Street, 2nd Floor, between 6th and 7th Avenues), 1/2/3/A/C/E/F/M/L/PATH West 14th at 7th Avenue

Weekly Bike Repair Workshops by Times Up 
MANHATTAN WORKSHOPS are at La Plaza Cultural, East 9th St & Ave C. (
Tuesdays:  Outdoor Bike Repair Class, 6:30pm
*Bad weather cancels class*
BROOKLYN WORKSHOPS are at Times Up! Brooklyn, 99 South 6th St, off Bedford Ave.
Wednesdays:  Fix Your Own Bike Workshop,  6-8:30pm
Sundays:  Fix Your Own Bike Workshop, 6-8:30pm
2nd and 4th Sundays:  Women & Trans Bike Repair Class, 1:30-3pm

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 East First Street, between First and Second Avenues, at 1pm.
INFO: or (212) 254-3697 ext. 27 or
Long Island Food Not Bombs ( currently shares free groceries and hot meals every Saturday at 3pm just outside Von King/Tompkins Park (NW corner of Lafayette Ave. & Marcy Ave.) as part of its Bed-Stuy Food Share.
INFO:,, or email or

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:
8/6 in Forest Park, Kew Gardens, Queens
8/13 in Central Park, Manhattan
8/14 in Prospect Park, Brooklyn
8/20 in Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan
8/28 in Central Park
Plus tours in Long Island, upstate, and PA.
Get more info and sign up at

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 August:
clothing only swap Sat, Aug. 6, 12-3pm in East Williamsburg, Moore St. Market, 110 Moore St. btwn. Humboldt and Graham;
book only swap Sat, Aug. 20, 11am-2pm in Staten Island at the Staten Island Mall Greenmarket, Marsh Ave. & Ring Rd; and at the St. George Greenmarket, St. Marks & Hyatt St.

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);
– Community Garden, E. 7th St. btwn B & C  (Sundays, 8am-5pm).
They are also offering compost drop-off for commuters:
– 1st Ave. between Houston & First St. (Mon, Wed & Fri, 8-11am);
– West 23rd St. at 8th Avenue (Tues & Thurs, 8-11am);
– Clinton at Grand (Mon & Fri, 8-11am);
– East Broadway at Rutgers (Wed, 8-11am);
– Hudson Square, 6th Ave. & Spring St (Tues & Thurs, 8-11am);
– 127th Street and Malcom X Blvd. (Wed, 8-11am).
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. INFO:
Compost for Brooklyn accepts residential food scraps but they haven’t posted dates/times for July.  Email them for upcoming dates/times:
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 has e-waste recycling events on:
Sat. Aug. 20th from 10am-4pm both in Morningside Heights, La Salle Street at Broadway in Manhattan; and
at the Harborview Family Day at 530 W 55th Street between 10th & 11th Aves. in Manhattan.
Check out their Calendar of EWaste Events for more info:
They also have a permanent e-waste collection center 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.
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: