Freegan Events in New York

June 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, June 7th • 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 along The Highline, 16th Street and 10th Avenue.  If it’s not raining, we’ll meet by the 10th Avenue Square on The Highline between 16th and 17th streets.  If it is raining, we’ll meet on The Highline under the Chelsea Market Passage between 15th and 16th streets.  For the Freeganism 101 and trash tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.

Monday, June 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 outside Alice Tully Hall on the steps on the northwest corner of Broadway and 65th Street.  If it’s raining, we’ll meet inside the David Rubenstein Atrium (Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets).  For the Freeganism 101 and Trash Tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.

Thursday, June 23rd •  Freegan Film Night
Come watch and discuss, Money For Free, an exploration of Guaranteed Basic Income by the Dutch public television current affairs program Backlight.
Money for Free makes the case for a new economic system intended to minimize financial inequalities by introducing viewers to the concept of a guaranteed basic income. By highlighting social experiments currently taking place, the filmmakers introduce viewers to some of the people working towards a large-scale redistribution of wealth.”
Freegan snacks will be available!
Program running time: 49 minutes, 11 seconds.
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).

Friday, June 24th • 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’s 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 from 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 6/15/2016
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, June 15th
7-10pm at Hack Manhattan (2nd floor)
137 West 14th St, New York, NY 10011
Subway: 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 Times Up! Manhattan, 156 Rivington St. in the Lower East Side.
Mondays:  Bike Repair Class, 6:30pm
Thursdays:  Fix Your Own Bike Workshop, 6:30pm
BROOKLYN WORKSHOPS are at Times Up! Brooklyn, 99 South 6th St, off Bedford Ave.
Wednesdays:  Fix Your Own Bike Workshop,  5:30pm – 8:30pm
Sundays:  Fix Your Own Bike Workshop, 5:30pm – 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 tours are back!
May 29th: 10am, Saxon Woods Park, White Plains, NY
May 30th: 10am, Bedford Post Inn, Bedford, NY
May 30th: 2:20pm, Happy Acres Farm, Sherman, CT
June 4th: 9am, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY
June 5th: 11:45am, Central Park, Manhattan, NY
June 11th: 12:30pm, Sunken Meadow State Park, Kings Park, LI
June 12th: 1pm, Tarrywile Park, Danbury, CT
June 18th: 10am, Branch Brook Park, Newark, NJ
June 18th: 3:30pm, Verona Park, Verona, NJ
June 19th: 11:45am, Central Park, Manhattan, NY
June 25th: 10am, Mountain Lakes Camp, North Salem, NY
June 25th: 2pm, Bedford Post Inn, Bedford, NY
June 26th: 9:30am, Idlewild Park, Springfield Gardens, Queens, NY
June 26th: 1pm, Belmont Lake State Park, North Babylon, LI

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.
Sunday, June 12th – Chelsea, Manhattan (11am-2pm)
Elliott Community Center, 441 West 26 Street
Saturday, June 18th – Park Slope, Brooklyn (12pm-3pm)
Old Stone House, 4th Street at 5th Ave
Sunday, June 19th – Ditmas Park, Brooklyn (11am-2pm)
PS 139 Schoolyard*, 330 Rugby Rd
*Event will be moved indoors in case of rain
Saturday, June 25th – Far Rockaway, Queens (12pm-3pm)
RISE Center 58-03, Rockaway Beach Blvd

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);
– and Hudson Square, 6th Ave. & Spring St (Tues & Thurs 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 will accept residential food scraps on alternating Saturdays and Sundays:
Alternating Saturdays
11-1 pm:  June 4, June 18
Alternating Sundays
2-4 pm:  June 12, June 26
Every other Thursday
1:00-3:30 pm:  June 2, June 16
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:
– June 11th: 10am-4pm, Roosevelt Island, 591 Main Street
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: