Freegan Events in New York City


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June 2024

Tuesday, June 11th, 7:30 pm ET • In-Person Meeting and Freeganism 101 & Trash Tour (No Media)



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 have a brief, newcomer-friendly discussion about freeganism before exploring 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.
When & Where: For the meeting, come at 7:30pm to the High Line park, Manhattan: enter at 14th St & 10th Ave, go up the stairs, and look for us south of there.
For the Freeganism 101 and Trash Tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.
If you have trouble finding us, call or text Janet at ‭(347) 724-6954‬.

Thursday, June 20th, 9:00 pm ET • Media-Friendly Freeganism 101 and Trash Tour



NOTE: Media are welcome at this event. Those who wish to attend a media-free Trash Tour are invited to join us earlier in the month, on June 11th.

We will start by having a brief, newcomer-friendly talk about freeganism, before exploring 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.
Consider bringing some of the food you find on this tour to the Freegan Feast the next day, to share for the collective dinner we will be making.
Where & When: We will meet at Union Market, 240 E Houston St, on the NE corner of Avenue A and Houston, Manhattan, at 9:00pm ET.
If you have trouble finding us, call or text Janet at ‭(347) 724-6954‬.

Friday, June 21st, 5:30 pm ET • Freegan Vegetarian Feast in Greenwich Village



Attendees are encouraged to participate in Thursday’s trash tour to help rescue food to use for this Freegan Feast.
This is a FREE vegetarian, mostly vegan, community meal we make together with love, using food we rescued on the Trash Tour the night before. We’ll meet new people, reconnect with old friends, tell stories and jokes, and generally unplug from the current pent-up world.
Please note that while freegans encompass a diversity of diets, our feasts are vegetarian (and mostly vegan).
Media WILL be welcome by appointment only, but journalists will be required to respect the wishes of those who do not want to be photographed.
Where and When: The location is a volunteer’s home in Greenwich Village, Manhattan.
Arrive at 5:30 pm to begin cooking and preparation indoors. Plan on lending a hand in some way even if other commitments prevent you from arriving on time.
Please RSVP for yourself and any guests (at least a day ahead) to Janet at (347) 724-6954 for the location.

Tuesday, June 25th, 7:30 pm ET • Freegan Meeting on Zoom



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. We welcome both those with experience taking part in non-hierarchical, consensus-based groups and those participating for the first time.
We welcome those interested in attending the Zoom meeting, but kindly call ‭(347) 724-6954 at least 1 day ahead of time for information.


Ongoing Sustainable and Mutual Aid Events (updated June 2024)

Weekly Bike Repair Workshops by Times Up
OUTDOOR BIKE REPAIR WORKSHOPS:
La Plaza Cultural Community Garden, SW corner of 9th St & Ave C
First and third Saturday of the month, 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET:
Come and learn how to fix your bike, and do simple maintenance and tune-ups, at the bike repair classes.
FIX YOUR OWN BIKE WORKSHOPS:
626 E 14th Street, Manhattan
Sundays & Wednesdays, 4:30 – 8:00 pm ET
Open shop — you use our tools and stands to work on your bike.
Experienced mechanics will be present to answer questions, but you do the work. Bike workshops are free, but we strongly encourage you to make a donation or become a Time’s Up member to help support our efforts. If you have a big project in mind, please be considerate of the time and plan ahead.
INFO: times-up.org
EMAIL: xupbicyclecoop@gmail.com

Food Not Bombs
Long Island Food Not Bombs currently shares free groceries and hot meals every Saturday at 3:45 pm ET just outside Von King/Tompkins Park (NW corner of Lafayette Ave. & Marcy Ave.) as part of its Bed-Stuy Food Share. Volunteers welcome, starting at 3 pm!
INFO: communitysolidarity.org
EMAIL: info@communitysolidarity.org

Food Not Bombs in Manhattan offers a vegetarian meal share (using donated food that would otherwise be wasted) Sundays at 4:30 pm ET in Tompkins Square Park (7th St & Ave. A)
Contact them if you’re interested in helping to cook and prepare food. The most up-to-date info, including specific item needs for aiding migrants, is on their facebook page: facebook.com/lowermanhattanfoodnotbombs

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.
Tours for June in the NYC area are:
6/16 Prospect Park, Brooklyn – Grand Army Plaza Entrance, 11am
6/22: Central Park, Manhattan – 103rd St. and Central Park West, 11am
6/29: Prospect Park, Brooklyn – Grand Army Plaza Entrance, 11am
6/30: Fort Tryon Park, Manhattan – playground at Dykeman & Broadway, 11am
Find other tours in the surrounding areas, register, and see more details at wildmanstevebrill.com

Free Sailing School
Learn to sail for free, and build community, with the FreeSailingSchool.org .
For more information, see The Free Sailing School on Meetup: https://https://www.meetup.com/nycfss

Community Swaps by GrowNYC
GrowNYC’s Stop ‘N’ Swap® Program contract with the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) has ended.
Please follow @grownyc on social for future updates.
Check out the GrowNYC Workers Collective’s efforts to save the zero waste programs – and sign up to take action!

Composting
Curbside composting is now available in many areas of New York City – find out more here: https://www.nyc.gov/site/dsny/collection/residents/curbside-composting.page

Lower East Side Ecology Center has closed many of their compost collection sites since the start of curbside composting, so check the list on their website before you head out!
Union Square Park greenmarket: M, W, F, Sa, 8am-5pm ET
Tompkins Square greenmarket: Sundays 8am-5pm ET
Clinton & Grand: Mondays 9am-4pm ET
East Broadway & Rutgers: Wednesdays 9am-2pm ET
INFO: lesecologycenter.org/compost

Grow NYC’s composting program has officially ended.
Check out the GrowNYC Workers Collective’s efforts to save the zero waste programs – and sign up to take action!

City-wide list of composting resources
This is a great resource to find places city-wide to bring your food scraps.:
www.nyc.gov/site/dsny/collection/residents/food-scrap-drop-off.page

East New York Compost Project
They have resumed public food scrap collection:
Drop off at the East New York Youth Farm, 24/7
620 Schenck Ave. Brooklyn, NY
See more info here: https://ucceny.org/enyf/compost

Textile Recycling 
Green Tree Textiles has textile-recycling-collection at a few Greenmarkets, AND they accept fabric and textile scraps along with intact, usable pieces!
They have a lot of collection sites, listed on their website here:: https://www.greentreetextiles.org/donation-locations

Wearable Collections
While we are still disappointed that they do not accept fabric scraps and rags, they do have a number of year-round Greenmarket collection sites for re-usable, intact clothing:
MANHATTAN
Tompkins Sq Park, Sunday 9am-1pm ET
Columbia University Greenmarket, Sunday 9am-12pm ET
77th/79th Street Greenmarket, Sunday 9am-12:30pm ET
BROOKLYN
McCarren Park Greenmarket, Saturday 8:30am-1pm
Ft Greene Park Greenmarket, Saturday 8am-1:30pm ET
Grand Army Plaza, Saturday 8am-2pm
Carroll Gardens Greenmarket, Sunday 8am-1:30pm
QUEENS
Sunnyside Greenmarket, Saturday, 8am-12:30pm ET
www.wearablecollections.com/greenmarket

Electronics Recycling
The Lower East Side Ecology Center has a few e-waste collection events listed for June.
Except where noted, all events are 10am-2pm, rain or shine.
6/15, Juniper Valley Park, 80th St. btwn. Juniper Blvds. South & North, Middle Village, Queens
6/23, Kane St. Synagogue, 236 Kane St, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
6/29, El Puente, Roebling St. btwn. S. 3rd & S. 4th Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
More info can be found at:www.lesecologycenter.org/e-waste/#collection-events

Also, while not ideal, NYC has a list of mostly corporate e-waste collection sites: https://www.nyc.gov/site/dsny/collection/get-rid-of/e-waste-drop-off-sites.page

Fixers Collective
The Fixers Collective is a social experiment in improvisational fixing and aggressive asset recovery. They host monthly repair clinics at Hack Manhattan, and occasional events elsewhere. Events are usually on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, at Hack Manhattan, 34 W 37th St. between 5th and 6th Aves. (Note that the space is up a flight of stairs.)
There is a suggested $5 donation, but no one is turned away.
Check for details, and let them know what you’re bringing in for repair, on their facebook page: www.facebook.com/fixerscollective

Hack Manhattan
Hack Manhattan is a non-profit, all-volunteer hackerspace in New York City. The space is a place for people to come together and socialize, work on projects, and share knowledge. They welcome anyone interested in art, craft, and technology – whether you’re interested in electronics or gardening, textiles or 3D printing, They invite you to come, work, and be part of the community.
While they do encourage people to become paying members of the space, they host regular Project Nights/Open Houses on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7pm to 9:15pm at Hack Manhattan, 34 W 37th St. btween 5th and 6th Aves. (Please note that the space is up a flight of stairs.)
See more info here: hackmanhattan.com


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