Freegan Events in New York

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Monday, April 7th • Freegan Meeting, Discussion, Freeganism 101 & Trash Tour
After brief report-backs on ongoing projects, we will have an open, facilitated discussion on a topic of freegan interest. 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 the 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. For the Freeganism 101 and trash trailblaze, meet us at 9pm in the same location.

Tuesday, April 22nd •  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.

Wednesday, Wednesday April 23rd • 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 in Brooklyn 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, May 4th • 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!


In a society of massive overconsumption enormous quantities of usable resources go to waste. Through dumpster diving, squatting, guerrilla gardening and other strategies, Freegans transform waste into resources to meet real needs allowing us to live our values of sustainability, cooperation and sharing while reducing our contribution to capitalism’s abuse of humans, animals and Earth.

Flatbush Mutual Aid No Sweat Sewing Workshop
Second and fourth Saturdays of each month. If you want to learn sewing skills, teach others, or simply work on your own sewing in a community space, then please join us. Bring a garment or two that need to be repaired, updated or re-purposed and we will help with ideas and instructions. See here for more information.
When & Where?  1:30 to 4pm on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of every month in the basement of Flatbush Reformed Church House, Kenmore Terrace entrance off 21st St. between Albemarle and Church Avenues.

Fixers Collective • Thursday, April 19th
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

Flatbush Mutual Aid Spring Bike Tuneup Special! • Saturday, April 12th and 19th.
Get your bike in shape for the warm weather at our community bike workshop. We have tools,  parts, and varying degrees of know how! You bring your bike and tell us what needs fixing, and we will teach you how or help you figure it out. See here for more information.
When & Where?  2pm to 5pm in the basement of Flatbush Reformed Church House, Kenmore Terrace entrance off 21st St. between Albemarle and Church Avenues.

Weekly Bike Repair Workshops by Times Up
More info at
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.
Wednesday:  Fix Your Bike Workshop:  6:30pm
Thursday:  Women & Trans Bike Repair Classes: 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: 4/12 in Central Park, Manhattan; 4/19 in Forest Park, Kew Gardens, Queens; 4/20 in Prospect Park, Brooklyn; and 4/26 in Central Park, Manhattan; plus tours in CT, Long Island, Westchester, and upstate. Get more info and sign up 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 both 21 Clinton Avenue, 2nd floor, by the Brooklyn Navy Yards; and 689 Flushing Ave, apt. 1F in BedStuy, Brooklyn – but check here 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 April they have a swap Saturday, 4/19 in Queens, Sunnyside Community Services, 43-31 39th St (btwn 43rd Ave & Queens Blvd), 1-3pm; Thursday, 4/24 in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Borough Hall, 11am-2pm (with drop-off available from 8-10am); and Sunday, 4/27 in Manhattan, Two Bridges Tower, 82 Rutgers Slip, 1-4pm. 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. NEW COMPOSTABLE DROPOFF LOCATIONS FOR COMMUTERS: 1st Avenue and Houston Street, M-F, 8am-11am, and West 23rd St. and 8th Avenue, M-F, 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:
6/15 Green is NOT currently collecting compostables, as they are rebuilding their bins.
Compost for Brooklyn will accept residential food scraps at it’s open hours every Thursday in April from 1-3:30pm and Saturday, April 12th and 26th from 11am-1pm. They are at the intersections of Newkirk Avenue and East 8th Street in Brooklyn. See here for info.
GrowNYC has greatly expanded compostables collection. See the expanded dropoff site list here.

Computer and Electronics Recycling  
The Lower East Side Ecology Center will host a number of spring E-waste collection events in all 5 boros. April’s events are all from 10am to 4pm:
4/5, Grand Street between Graham Avenue & Humboldt Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
4/5, 6th Avenue between Bleecker & Houston Streets, Greenwich Village, Manhattan
4/6, Van Cortlandt Park, Broadway between Manhattan College Parkway & Post Road, Bronx
4/6, 37th Avenue between 77th & 78th Streets, Jackson Heights, Queens
4/12, Habana Outpost, Fulton Street & South Portland Avenue, Fort Greene, Brooklyn
4/13, Amsterdam Avenue between West 74th & West 75th Streets, Upper West Side, Manhattan
4/26, Tekserve, 119 West 23rd Street between 6th & 7th Avenues, Chelsea, Manhattan
4/27, Flatbush Food Coop,  Cortelyou Road between Rugby & Marlborough Roads, Flatbush, Brooklyn
4/27, Morningside Park, Morningside Avenue between West 113th & West 114th Streets (east side of Morningside Park, not along Morningside Drive), Harlem
They also have a permanent e-waste collection center! It 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 see
Goodwill Stores collect electronics for recycling through their Reconnect Program in partnership with Dell Computers.

Textile Recycling
Of course, the best thing to do with clothes and other textiles is to reuse them! BUT, if you have scraps that can’t be used even one more time, there is textile recycling! There are textile recycling collections now at 29 Greenmarkets in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. See the list here!