image_alt_text
 

Freegan Events in New York

September 2016 Freegan Events in New York

More info? ask@freegan.info * freegan.info

If you arrive at an event and cannot find us, call Janet at (347) 724-6954

Coming to an event to document, film, photograph or study? Ask yourself: am I media or not?

Tuesday, September 6th • 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 in Wall Street Atrium at 60 Wall Street, New York, NY.  We will be seated in view of the door at the Wall Street Entrance.
For the Freeganism 101 and trash tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.

Wednesday, September 21st •  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 Whole Foods Market at 95 East Houston Street, Manhattan (between Bowery & Chrystie).  We’ll be in the upstairs seating/eating area.
For the Freeganism 101 and trash tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.

Thursday, September 22nd • Freegan Feast!
A FREE and mostly vegan community meal we make together with love using food we rescue 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.

Thursday, September 29th • Freegan Film Night
Come watch and discuss a freegan related documentary (September’s feature has yet to be determined/announced).  Freegan snacks will be available.
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).

Ongoing Sustainable and Mutual Aid Events

Fixers Collective Wednesday, September 7th in Brooklyn
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.
INFO: fixerscollective.org | facebook.com/fixerscollective
When and Where:  7-10pm at The Brooklyn Commons (2nd floor in library), 388 Atlantic Ave. btwn. Hoyt and Bond in Brooklyn (thecommonsbrooklyn.org/contact-us).
MTA Subway – A/C/G Hoyt-Schermerhorn, 2/3 Hoyt St
MTA Bus – B63 or B65 to Atlantic Avenue & Hoyt Street

Weekly Bike Repair Workshops by Times Up 
MANHATTAN WORKSHOPS are at La Plaza Cultural, East 9th St & Ave C. (evpcnyc.org/laplaza/index.html)
Tuesdays:  Outdoor Bike Repair Class, 6:30-8:30pm
*Bad weather cancels class*
BROOKLYN WORKSHOPS are at Times Up! Brooklyn, 99 South 6th St, off Bedford Ave.
Wednesdays:  Fix Your Own Bike Workshop,  5:30-8:30pm
Sundays:  Fix Your Own Bike Workshop, 5:30-8:30pm
INFO: times-up.org

Food Not Bombs
Food Not Bombs (abcnorio.org/affiliated/fnb.html) 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: fnb@abcnorio.org or (212) 254-3697 ext. 27 or abcnorio.org/affiliated/fnb.html
Long Island Food Not Bombs (communitysolidarity.org/foodshares/bedstuy) 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: lifnb.com, communitysolidarity.org, or email LongIslandFoodNotBombs@gmail.com or info@communitysolidarity.org

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:
9/3: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY
9/4: Idlewild Park, Springfield Gardens, Queens, NY
9/4: Queensway, Woodhaven, Queens, NY
9/5: Sunken Meadow Park, Kings Park, LI, NY
9/10: Central Park, Manhattan, NY
9/11: Northwest Park, Windsor, CT
9/11: Tarrywile Park, Danbury, CT
9/16: Sticks and Stones Farm, Newtown, CT
9/17: Sticks and Stones Farm, Newtown, CT
9/18: Belmont Lake State Park, North Babylon, NY
9/24: Private Woodlands, Redding, CT
9/25: Central Park, Manhattan, NY
Get more info and sign up at wildmanstevebrill.com

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 September:
Saturday, September 17 – East New York Clothing Swap
10am-1pm, East New York Farmers Market
Schenck Ave b/t New Lots & Livonia Aves
Clothing, shoes, belts, hats, and accessories only, please .
*Outdoor event subject to cancellation with inclement weather
Sunday, September 18 – Manhattan
11am-2pm, S.T.A.R. Senior Center
650 W 187th Street b/t Broadway & Wadsworth Ave), Manhattan
Bring clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, housewares, 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.
Saturday, September 24 – Astoria Clothing Swap
12pm-3pm, Big Reuse Block Party
3-17 26th Ave
Clothing, shoes, belts, hats, and accessories only, please .
*Outdoor event, rain or shine
Sunday, September 25 – Staten Island
11am-2pm, Sea View Hospital
460 Brielle Avenue, Staten Island
Bring clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, housewares, 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.
For more information and calendar of events see: grownyc.org/swap

Composting
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).
INFO: lesecologycenter.org
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: communitygardenwest124st@yahoogroups.com
Compost for Brooklyn accepts residential food scraps but they haven’t posted dates/times for July.  Email them for upcoming dates/times: compostforbrooklyn@gmail.com.
They are at the intersections of Newkirk Avenue and East 8th Street in Brooklyn.
INFO: compostforbrooklyn.org
GrowNYC has greatly expanded compostables collection. See the expanded dropoff site list here: grownyc.org/compost/locations

Computer and Electronics Recycling  
Lower East Side Ecology Center has e-waste recycling events on:
9/10: Breezy Point, Queens
9/10: Rockaway, Queens
9/17: Elmhurst, Queens
9/17: Forest Hills, Queens
9/18: Upper West Side, Manhattan
9/24: Greenwich Village, Manhattan
9/24: St. Albans, Queens
9/25: Forest Park, Queens
Check out their Calendar of EWaste Events for more info:
lesecologycenter.org/calendar/category/ewaste/ewaste-events
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.
INFO: lesecologycenter.org/programs/ewaste/
Goodwill Stores collect electronics for recycling through their Reconnect program.
INFO: dellreconnect.com

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: 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: wearablecollections.com/greenmarkets/