Freegan Events in New York

May 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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Monday, May 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 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. If you have trouble finding us, call Janet: 347-724-6954.

Monday, May 16th • NYU Dorm Dive
Join us (rain or shine) for our annual Dorm Dive. We will salvage a fraction of the useable and valuable items that are thrown out by NYU students at the end of the school year. This is the one event in the year where we’ll work with huge, high dumpsters. If you’re able-and-inclined, be prepared to climb in-and-out of dumpsters and possibly to lift and move heavy, awkward stuff (there’s plenty of work to do outside the dumpsters so don’t worry if climbing around in dumpsters is not your thing). Unlike other dives this will not be a tour as we tend to stay at the same dumpster throughout.
What to wear:  sturdy shoes, clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Consider bringing a pair of work or garden gloves.
What to bring:  bags and other containers to tote your newfound stuff, packing tape, info on other dorm move out dates/locations.
Media:  are welcome by appointment.
When & Where?  Meet at 5:00pm at the Northeast corner of 3rd Avenue and 14th Street.

Tuesday, May 17th •  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).  For the Freeganism 101 and trash tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.

Thursday, May 19th • 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 5/18/2016 & 5/21/2016
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, May 18th
When & Where?  7-10pm at Hack Manhattan (2nd floor)
137 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10011
Train: 1/2/3/A/C/E/F/M/L/PATH West 14th at 7th Avenue
Saturday, May 21st
When & Where?  3-7pm at Patagonia Soho Store
72 Greene Street (Bet Spring and Broome), New York, NY 10012
Train: 6/C/E Spring St, R Prince St, F/D Bway/Lafayette

Weekly Bike Repair Workshops by Times Up  
More info at
MANHATTAN WORKSHOPS are at Times Up! Manhattan, 156 Rivington St. in the Lower East Side.
Mondays:  Bike Repair Class, 6:30pm
Thursdays:  Fix-Your-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
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.
For more info check out,, or email or

Wild Food Tours  
“Wildman” Steve Brill tours are back!
May 1st: 1pm, Pennypack Farm, Huntingdon Valley, PA
May 7th: 9:30am, Idlewild Park, Springfield Gardens, Queens, NY
May 7th: 1pm, Queensway, Forest Park, Queens, NY
May 8th: 11:45am, Central Park, Manhattan
May 14th: 1pm, Sunken Meadow State Park, Kings Park, LI
May 15th: 11:45am, Prospect Park, Brooklyn
May 21st: 11am, Valley Stream State Park, Valley Stream, LI
May 22nd: 11:45am, Central Park, Manhattan
May 29th: 10am, Saxon Woods Park, White Plains, Westchester, NY
May 30th: 10am, Bedford Post Inn, Bedford, Westchester, NY
Check out for more information.

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, May 1st – Long Island City (Book Swap Only)
Saturday, May 14th – Forte Greene
Sunday, May 15th – Prospect Heights
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 dropoff for commuters:
– 1st Ave. between Houston & First St. (Mon, Wed & Fri, 8-11am);
– West 23rd St. and 8th Avenue (Tues. & Thurs, 8-11am);
– Clinton & Grand (Mon. & Fri, 8-11am);
– East Broadway & Rutgers (Wed. 8-11am);
– and Hudson Square, 6th Ave. & Spring St (Tues. & Thurs. 8-11am).
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:
Compost for Brooklyn will accept residential food scraps on alternating Saturdays and Sundays:
Alternating Saturdays
11-1 pm:  April 30, May 7, May 21, June 4, June 18
Alternating Sundays
2-4 pm:  May 1, May 15, May 29, June 12, June 26
Every other Thursday
1:00-3:30 pm:  May 5, May 19, June 2, June 16
Check details at
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:
April 30th:  Chelsea, Manhattan (10am – 4pm)
April 30th:  Irving Square Park, Brooklyn (10am – 4pm)
May 1st:  Jackson Heights, Queens (10am – 4pm)
May 6th:  Dumbo, Brooklyn (11am – 4pm)
May 7th:  Woodlawn, Bronx (10am – 4pm)
May 7th:  Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan (10am – 4pm)
May 14th:  Little Neck, Queens (10am – 4pm)
May 15th:  College Point, Queens (10am – 4pm)
May 21st:  Astoria, Queens (10am – 4pm)
May 22nd: Upper West Side, Manhattan (10am – 4pm)
May 22nd:  Cobble Hill, Brooklyn (10am – 4pm)
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. Click here for more info.
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: