Freegan Events in New York City

October 2022

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Thursday, October 6th, 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.
If you’re interested in attending the Zoom meeting, please call ‭(347) 724-6954 at least 1 day ahead of time.

Friday, October 7th, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm ET• Freegan “Yacht Club” Collective (FYCC), Part 1 (Ground School)

This is initiated by a longtime-friend, and founder of the famous Freegan Bike Workshop in NYC!
The goal of the Freegan “Yacht Club” Collective (FYCC) is to slow gentrification by claiming space to sail, and to teach people to sail for free, utilizing the outdoors and the waters of NYC.
Participants are strongly encouraged to attend this Part 1 “ground school” training first, at the BlackRock building atrium (ground floor), 55 East 52nd Street (between Park and Madison Avenues), Manhattan. Please bring a mask in case it would make others feel more comfortable.
Part 2, lessons on a boat (and shore hang!), will then take place on Saturday, October 8th, on Marina Rd., Queens.
Before heading out on a boat for Part 2 you will be asked to answer certain questions (see Part 2, below), but you can learn the answers at this Part 1 “ground shool” portion, or study up beforehand here.
If you’d like to volunteer to instruct or help out, or if you have trouble finding us for the event, call or text Janet at ‭(347) 724-6954‬.

Saturday, October 8th, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm ET • Freegan “Yacht Club” Collective (FYCC), Part 2 (Sailing Lessons)

The goal of the Freegan “Yacht Club” Collective (FYCC) is to slow gentrification by claiming space to sail, and to teach people to sail for free, utilizing the outdoors and the waters of NYC.
Participants are strongly encouraged to attend Part 1, the “ground school” training, first on Friday, October 7th at the BlackRock building atrium, Manhattan (see above listing).
This Part 2, lessons on a boat (and shore hang!), will take place at the Flushing Meadows Corona Park Kayak/Canoe Launch, at the eastern-most point of the waterfront on Marina Rd., Queens, starting at 11:00 am, and will go till approximately 5:00 pm ET (no need to stay for the whole time). Kindly note that this is a non-alcoholic event. No alcohol, please.
Also, please wear/bring shoes that you do not mind getting wet. For safety reasons, being barefoot is unfortunately not an option.
****Before heading out on a boat you will be asked to answer the following questions, but you can learn the answers at the Part 1 “ground school” portion on October 7th, or study up beforehand here:
1.- What are the two most important directions on a sailboat
2.- What is the sail configuration for upwind?
3.- What is the sail configuration for downwind?
4.- What is a tack? And how do you tack a hobie cat without a jib?
5.- What is a jibe? And how do you perform one, and what is the danger?
6.- What is the D.I.Y. Speedometer of the boat, and how does it work? (Hint: bubbles)
7.- What does it mean to be in irons, and how do you get out of them?
8.- Be able to draw a diagram of a hobie cat with the following components labeled: port, starboard, bow, stern, traveler, main sheet, main blocks, halyard, main sail, outhaul, jib sheets, righting line.


Closest buses to the Launch are the Q66 and the Q19. If taking mass transit, make sure it takes you near Citifield/Mets stadium, NOT near the Home Depot (or you’ll end up across the water from us).
If you’d like to volunteer to instruct or help out, or if you have trouble finding us for the event, call or text Janet at ‭(347) 724-6954‬.

Sunday, October 9th, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm ET • Freegan “Yacht Club” Collective (FYCC) Volunteer-Only Sailing Day

This event is specifically for the volunteers of the Freegan “Yacht Club” Collective (FYCC). The Collective was initiated by a longtime-friend and founder of the famous Freegan Bike Workshop in NYC!
The goal of the Freegan “Yacht Club” Collective (FYCC) is to slow gentrification by claiming space to sail, and to teach people to sail for free, utilizing the outdoors and the waters of NYC.
This Volunteer-Only Sailing Day is a way to give back to the volunteers who put in more than they may get out of the FYCC, and who show dedication and commitment to the development and growth of the Collective.
Please wear/bring shoes that you do not mind getting wet. For safety reasons, being barefoot is unfortunately not an option.
The details of this event will be shared by Christian.

Wednesday, October 19th, 7:30 pm ET • In-Person Freegan Meeting & (No-Media) Freeganism 101 and 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. We welcome both those with experience taking part in non-hierarchical, consensus-based groups and those participating for the first time.
Please bring a mask for the meeting in case it would make others more comfortable.
At 9pm ET, 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.
Where: For the meeting and/or the Freeganism 101 and beginning of the Trash Tour, meet at 60 Wall St Atrium (ground floor), Manhattan.
If you have trouble finding us, call or text Janet at ‭(347) 724-6954‬.

Sunday, October 30th, 3:00 – 6:30 pm ET • Really Really Free Market

The Really Really Free Market is a bazaar and celebration where we challenge capitalist notions of interaction and have fun trying new models of exchange. Expect to see skill-sharing, clothing, books and fun!
Textile recycling drop-off will be available, but e-waste will not, so please bring working electronics only<3<3
PLEASE NOTE, as per our venue, PROOF OF FULL VACCINATION & ID, AND MASKS covering the nose and mouth will be required the entire time you are inside at the event.
Thank-you for your understanding and co-operation.
Because we want face coverings to remain in place, we will not be serving food on-site.
Contact Janet at (347) 724-6954 if you’d like to volunteer.
Where: Assembly Hall at Judson Memorial Church (239 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012). 




Ongoing Sustainable and Mutual Aid Events (updated July 2022)

Weekly Bike Repair Workshops by Times Up
Outdoor Bike Workshop:
La Plaza Cultural Community Garden, SW corner of 9th St & Ave C
Second and last Thursday of the month, 5pm
Come learn how to fix your bike, do simple maintenance and tune-ups at the bike repair classes.
Indoor Fix Your Own Bike:
99 South 6th Street, off Bedford Avenue under the Williamsburg Bridge
Sundays & Wednesdays: 6:00 pm-8:30 pm
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 just outside Von King/Tompkins Park (NW corner of Lafayette Ave. & Marcy Ave.) as part of its Bed-Stuy Food Share. Volunteers can show up at 3pm.
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 4:30pm 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 seems to be 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.
Please wear a mask, and practice social distancing.
Upcoming tours in the NYC area:
7/9: 1pm, Huntington State Park, Redding, CT
7/9: 2pm, Croton Aqueduct, Dobbs Ferry, Westchester, NY
7/10: 11:45am, Prospect Park Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY
7/16: 11:45am, Central Park, 106th and 5th Ave, Manhattan, NY
7/17: 9am, Cortlandt Waterfront Park, Verplanck, Westchester County, NY – free tour
7/17: 1pm, Tarrywile Park, Danbury, CT
7/17: 1:30pm, Appalachian Trail, Pawling, NY
7/23: 10am, Saxon Woods Park, White Plains, NY
7/24: 11:45am, Prospect Park Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY
7/30: 11:45am, Forest Park, Kew Gardens, Queens
7/31: 11:45am, Central Park, 106th and 5th Ave, Manhattan, NY
Register for a tour and get more details at: wildmanstevebrill.com

Community Swaps by GrowNYC
GrowNYC has ongoing Stop’N’Swap community events. 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.
Keep an eye on their page (info below) for updates or in case of cancellations.
UPCOMING SWAPS:
Their website says they will post more upcoming events soon. Events are subject to cancellation or postponement; check www.grownyc.org/swap for updates or call 212.788.7900 ext. 277

Composting
Lower East Side Ecology Center has many compost collection sites.
MANHATTAN
Union Square Park greenmarket: M, W, F, Sa, 8am-5pm
Tompkins Square greenmarket: Sun. 8am-5pm
1st Ave & 1st St: Mondays 9am-2pm
24rd St & 8th Ave: Wednesdays 9am-2pm
Clinton & Grand: Mondays 9am-2pm
East Broadway & Rutgers: Fridays 9am-2pm
Hudson Square, Spring St & 6th Ave: Wednesdays 9am-2pm
Christopher Park, 7th Ave & West 4th St: Wednesdays 9am-2pm
Corlears Hook Park, 397 FDR Drive (SE corner of Cherry & Jackson): Thursdays 9am-2pm
BROOKLYN
Rappaport Playground, NW corner of Fort Hamilton Pkwy & 53rd St: Tuesdays 10am-2pm
Bay Parkway at 86th Street, near NW corner: Tuesdays 10am-2pm
Avenue X at West Street, SW corner, Brooklyn: Wednesdays 10am-2pm
Albermarle Road & McDonald Ave, SW corner: Tuesdays 10am-2pm
18th Ave at 64th Street: Tuesdays 10am-2pm
Bay Parkway at 66th Street: Tuesdays 10am-2pm
Kings Highway & East 16th Street, NE corner: Wednesdays 10am-2pm
Avenue U & East 16th Street, SE corner: Wednesdays 10am-2pm
Brighton Beach Ave & Ocean Parkway (SE corner): Wednesdays 10am-2pm
Brighton Beach Ave at Coney Island Ave: Wednesdays 10am-2pm
Canarsie Compost Yard, 1149 Rockaway Avenue, near Ave D: Wednesdays 10am-2pm
INFO: lesecologycenter.org/programs/compost/compost-drop-off-locations

Grow NYC also has many composting and drop-off sites.
See their up-to-date list here: www.grownyc.org/compost

City-wide list of composting resources
There is a great resource here: bit.ly/NYCdropofftracker to find places city-wide to bring your food scraps. There are also household compostable pickup services (for a fee) listed on the third page tab of the spreadsheet.

East New York Compost Project
has reopened their compost collection – they have various sites around East New York – find the map here:
ucceny.org/enyf-old/compost

Textile Recycling 
Green Tree Textiles has textile recycling collection at a few Greenmarkets, AND they accept fabric and textile scraps along with usable goods!
Find them Saturdays at:
Morningside Park Farm Market, 9am-3pm
and at 3 locations in Westchester (see www.greentreetextiles.org/farmersmarkets )
Find them Sundays at:
McGolrick Park Farm Market in Brooklyn – 10am-2pm
Park Slope Farm Market in Brooklyn – 10am-3pm
Stuyvesant Town Greenmarket in Manhattan – 9:30am-4pm
Riverdale Y market in the Bronx – 9am-2pm
Cunningham Park Farm Market in Fresh Meadows, Queens – 9am-2pm
They also have drop boxes listed on their site here: www.greentreetextiles.org

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

Electronics Recycling
Lower East Side Ecology Center does not currently have any e-waste events scheduled, but keep an eye on their page here:
www.lesecologycenter.org/programs/ewaste/collection-events

Also, while not ideal, NYC has a list of mostly corporate e-waste collection sites: https://tinyurl.com/y3x9jaqd