February 2016 Freegan Events in New York
If you arrive at an event and cannot find us, call Janet at (347) 724-6954
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d like to help freegan.info and others gather and prepare food, contact email@example.com
When & Where? 3-7pm at Judson Memorial Church at 239 Thompson Street (on the south side of Washington Square Park) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up to help set up!
Tuesday, February 2nd • Freegan Meeting, Discussion and Trash Tour
After brief report-backs on 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.
Tuesday, February 16th • 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 David Rubenstein Atrium at 61 West 62nd Street, New York, NY. For the Freeganism 101 and trash tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location. If you have trouble finding us, call Janet: 347-724-6954.
Wednesday, February 17th • 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 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 turned away. Check www.facebook.com/fixerscollective to confirm the time and date, and for more details.
When & Where? 7-10pm at Hack Manhattan, 137 West 14th St, 2nd Floor.
More info at www.times-up.org
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: 6pm
Sunday: Fix Your Bike Workshop: 6pm. Share skills and fix up your own bike.
2nd and 4th Sundays: Women and Trans Bike Repair Classes: 1:30-3pm
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: email@example.com 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 www.lifnb.com or email LongIslandFoodNotBombs@gmail.com
“Wildman” Steve Brill tours are on hold until springtime! In the meantime, find out more at www.wildmanstevebrill.com
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 http://tinyurl.com/grubdinner to confirm the location!
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 February they have a swap Sunday, Feb. 28th from 11am-2pm at the Amalgamated-Park Reservoir Houses (Vladeck Hall) at 74 Van Cortlandt Park South (Hillman Ave) in the Bronx.
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. They are also offering compost dropoff for commuters: 1st Ave. & Houston St, Mon, Wed & Fri, 8-11am; Clinton & Grand, Mon. & Fri, 8-11am; East Broadway & Rutgers, Wed. 8-11am; Hudson Square, 6th Ave. & Spring St, Tues. & Thurs. 8-11am; and West 23rd St. and 8th Avenue, Tues. & Thurs, 8-11am. For more info see www.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. More info and hours: firstname.lastname@example.org
Compost for Brooklyn will accept residential food scraps on alternating Saturdays and Sundays – in February, Saturday the 6th and 20th from 11am-1pm, and Sunday the 14th and 28th from 2-4pm. Check details at www.compostforbrooklyn.org. 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: http://www.grownyc.org/compost/locations
The Lower East Side Ecology Center has e-waste recycling events on Feb. 3rd, 11am-2pm, at Duffy Square, Broadway and 46th Street in Manhattan, and on Feb. 20th, 10am-4pm, at Tekserve, 119 W 23rd St. in Manhattan.
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: http://www.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: http://wearablecollections.com/greenmarkets/