December 2016 Freegan Events in New York
If you arrive at an event and cannot find us, call Janet at (347) 724-6954
Monday, December 5th • 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 the upstairs 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 tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.
Saturday, December 10th • Crafty Gift Making
Step out of the shopping treadmill! There are ways to show the love without buying! The freegan crafts day will help you make gifts from the heart rather than purchase them. We will have card-making, customized bags, boxes, and other creative activities. Great for all ages!
When & Where? Meet at 1pm in the Sony Public Atrium at 550 Madison Avenue, between 55th and 56th Streets, Manhattan.
Monday, December 19th • 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.
For the Freeganism 101 and trash tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.
Tuesday, December 20th • 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
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.
When and Where: 7-10pm at The Brooklyn Commons (2nd floor in library), 388 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217, Bet. Hoyt and Bond (thecommonsbrooklyn.org).
MTA Subway – A/C/G Hoyt-Schermerhorn, 2/3 Hoyt St
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
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: email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
“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:
12/3: 11:45am, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY
12/4: 11:45am, Central Park, Manhattan, NY
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.
Saturday, December 3 – Queens
12pm-3pm, PS 154
7502 162nd St, Hillcrest
Sunday, December 4 – Queens
11am-2pm, PS 69
77-02 37th Ave, Jackson Heights
Saturday, December 10 – Bronx
12pm-3pm, Betances Community Center
547 E 146th St, Mott Haven
Sunday, December 11 – Bronx
11am-2pm, Amalgamated – Park Reservoir Houses
Van Cortlandt Park South & Hillman Ave, Kingsbridge
For more information and calendar of events see: grownyc.org/swap
Lower East Side Ecology Center (lesecologycenter.org) accepts organic material for composting (fruit & vegetable peelings, cut flowers, etc.) at:
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: email@example.com
Compost for Brooklyn accepts residential food scraps but they haven’t posted dates/times for July. Email them for upcoming dates/times: firstname.lastname@example.org.
GrowNYC has greatly expanded compostables collection. See the expanded dropoff site list here: grownyc.org/compost/locations
Lower East Side Ecology Center has e-waste recycling events on:
12/3: 10am-4pm, I.S. 59, Springfield Gardens, Queens, NY
12/10: 10pm-4pm, P.S. 321, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY
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 it’s open Tues 10-5, Wed 12-7, Thurs 10-5, Fri 10-5 and Sat 10-4.
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/