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Freegan Events in New York

June and July 2018
Freegan Events in New York

More info? ask@freegan.info * freegan.info

If you arrive at an event and cannot find us:
Call/Text Janet at 347-724-6954

Coming to an event to document, film, photograph or study?
Ask yourself: am I media or not?

Friday, June 29th • Freegavaganza!
Join us for a citywide exploration and scavanging of trash.
We will go out in teams of twos, threes and fours to different neighborhoods throughout the city.
We will reconvene at Union Square at 11:30pm with an impressive display of all sorts of supermarket, bakery and convenience store discards.
If you are interested in joining us, you may meet us at Union Square at 9pm, with or without a partner.
If you would rather do the foraging independently, without first meeting us at Union Square, please contact Janet in advance (347-724-6954) with your selected diving location so that we can effectively coordinate without duplicating neighborhoods.
Whether or not you convene at Union Square in advance of the event, you should do your best to return to Union Square on time at 11:30pm so that we can all appreciate the scale of the evening’s proceeds.
We expect to be able to redistribute all of the evening’s finds to freegavaganza participants as well as to any audience that might gather in Union Square.
As you’re exploring, please consider that the food you’re rescuing will be displayed and distributed to a variety of people with a variety of tastes. For example, even if you don’t eat yogurt, there are others who do, so if you find some yogurt take it for display and distribution.
Weather permitting. If it’s a rainy evening, we’ll cancel/reschedule. If you’re in doubt, call Janet (347-724-6954).
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? Union Square (Manhattan), across from Whole Foods Market on 14th Street

Monday, July 9th • Freegan Meeting, Discussion & Trash Tour
After brief updates about ongoing projects, we’ll have an open, facilitated discussion on a topic of freegan interest. This month, we’ll discuss freeganism in the news and/or how New York City’s recycling and composting programs might affect freegans/freeganism. 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 administrative meeting and have a brief, newcomer-friendly discussion about freeganism.
After the discussion we’ll explore the area’s wasted food and other goods. We’ll give advice on how to forage and comment on the reasons for such waste.
The meeting and tour are NOT open to media.
When & Where? Meet inside the Public Space at 550 Madison Avenue in Manhattan. Entrance is on 55th Street between Madison and 5th Avenues.
For the Freeganism 101 and trash tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.

Saturday, July 14th • Freegan Crafts Salon
Step out of the shopping treadmill!
There are plenty of household materials that are perfect for repurposing to create new, beautiful, decorative and useful things to keep or share.
We’ll make cards, jewelry, customized bags, boxes and more while exploring other creative activities.
People are welcome to bring acoustic instruments and poetry for a freegan jam and poetry slam.
Great for all ages!
When & Where? Meet at 11am in Assembly Hall at Judson Memorial Church (239 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012).

Thursday, July 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 administrative meeting and have a brief, newcomer-friendly discussion about freeganism.
After the discussion, we’ll 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 inside the Public Atrium (Sakia) at 120 Park Avenue (Southwest corner of Park Avenue and East 42nd Street across from Grand Central Terminal).
For the Freeganism 101 and Trash Tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.

Friday, July 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’s 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 from 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? The feast will be held at a volunteer’s home accessible by NYC Transit. Please 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.

Sunday, July 29th • Really, Really Free Market
The Really, Really Free Market is a bazaar & celebration, where capitalist notions of interaction are discarded and we have fun trying new models of exchange. Expect and share gently used clothing, books, household items, small working electronics, toys, CD’s/DVD’s, crafts, tools, food, skills and more. Bring any useful items that can be taken home in a shopping cart.
For more information, contact getyourfreeon@gmail.com.
If you’d like to help freegan.info and others gather and prepare food, contact ask@freegan.info.
When & Where? Doors open at 3pm. We’ll be in Assembly Hall at Judson Memorial Church (239 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012).

Ongoing Sustainable and Mutual Aid Events

Fixers Collective N/A
The Brooklyn Commons Boycott has been brought to our attention:
“In a time of skyrocketing hate crimes and aggressive organizing campaigns by far right groups, the Brooklyn Commons has now advertised itself as a platform open to racist and fascist speakers. This has occurred after the space’s sole owner, Melissa Ennen, chose to host Christopher Bollyn, an anti-Semitic speaker and Trump supporter with neo-Nazi ties, in September 2016. She has since said she would welcome members of the Ku Klux Klan and similar groups to use the space. While it is Ennen’s legal right to collaborate with the far right, we will not assist her in this.
“Common Decency is therefore calling on all people who are interested in equality and justice to boycott the cafe and event space at the Brooklyn Commons until their policy is changed to disallow its use by openly racist, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, and other far right speakers, organizers, and organizations.”
commondecencynyc.com
Freegan.info stands in solidarity with Common Decency.
Freegan.info will not promote any Fixers Collective events as long as the Collective continues to use the Brooklyn Commons as a host for some of its events.

Weekly Bike Repair Workshops by Times Up
BROOKLYN CLASSES
FIX YOUR OWN BIKE WORKSHOP
Every Sunday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Every Wednesday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
99 South 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY
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.
MANHATTAN CLASSES
OUTDOOR BIKE REPAIR CLASS
Every Tuesday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
La Plaza Cultural Community Garden, SW corner of 9th St & Ave C
Intro Class: basics of bicycle maintenance.
Learn how to fix bikes, do simple maintenance and tune-ups.
Subjects are covered in a four-week rotation beginning the first week of every month.
FIRST FRIDAY BIKE REPAIR CLASS
First Friday of every month, 3:00pm-6:00pm
La Plaza Cultural Community Garden, SW corner of 9th St & Ave C
Intro Class: basics of bicycle maintenance.
Learn how to fix bikes, do simple maintenance and tune-ups.
Rains re-schedules the class for the following Friday.
INFO: times-up.org

Food Not Bombs
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 4:30pm in Tompkins Square Park. Help cook at Catholic Worker, 36 East First Street, between First and Second Avenues, at 1pm.
INFO: fnb@abcnorio.org 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 info@communitysolidarity.org

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.
Upcoming Tours:
6/30, 1pm, Bear Mountain Reservation, Danbury Ct
7/1, 11:45pm, Central Park, Manhattan
7/4, 11:45pm, Forest Park, Kew Gardens, Queens
7/7, 11:30am, Bedford Post Inn, Bedford, NY
7/8, 11:45am, Prospect Park, Brooklyn
7/14, 11:45am, Central Park, Manhattan
7/15, 1pm, Huntington State Park, Redding, CT
7/21, 12pm, Guggenheim Nature, Manhasset, NY
7/22, 1pm, Tarrywile Park, Danbury, CT
7/28, 9am, Queensway (Woodhaven Blvd & Forest Park Dr), Queens
7/28, 11:45am, Forest Park, Kew Gardens, Queens
Get more info/logistics and register for tours at wildmanstevebrill.com

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.
Upcoming Swaps:
Saturday, July 14 – Long Island City
12pm-3pm, PS 111 Schoolyard*
37-15 13th St, Queens
*Outdoor event, will be moved indoors with inclement weather.
Saturday, July 21 – University Heights
11am-2pm, St Nicholas of Tolentine Church
2345 University Ave, Bronx
Sunday, July 22 – Sunnyside
12pm-3pm, Sunnyside Community Services
43-31 39th St, Queens
Saturday, July 28 – LES Chinatown
11am-4pm, Chinatown ADA Weekend Walk*
Mott St b/t Canal & Worth St, Manhattan
*Outdoor event, rain or shine
Sunday, July 29 – Hamilton Heights
12pm-3pm, Hamilton Heights Weekend Walk*
West 143rd St, Manhattan
*Outdoor event, rain or shine
INFO: grownyc.org/swap

Composting
New York City Department of Sanitation Food Composting
Food scraps can be turned into useful compost that helps make NYC green. You can take certain food scraps for composting to drop-off sites (PDF) located throughout the five boroughs.
INFO (including interactive map): tinyurl.com/zdlu3a4
Lower East Side Ecology Center (lesecologycenter.org) 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 also offer compost drop-off for commuters:
– 1st Ave. between Houston & First St. (Mon, Wed & Fri, 8-11am);
– West 23rd St. at 8th Avenue (Tues & Thurs, 8-11am);
– Clinton at Grand (Mon & Fri, 8-11am);
– East Broadway at Rutgers (Wed, 8-11am);
– Hudson Square, 6th Ave. & Spring St (Tues & Thurs, 8-11am);
– 127th Street and Malcom X Blvd. (Wed, 8-11am).
INFO: lesecologycenter.org/programs/compost/compost-drop-off-locations
GrowNYC has greatly expanded composting collection.
See the expanded dropoff site list here: grownyc.org/compost/locations
The W. 181st St. Beautification Project: no longer accepts residential food scraps.
The W. 124th St. Community Garden: no longer accepts residential food scraps.
Compost for Brooklyn: no longer accepts residential food scraps.

Computer and Electronics Recycling
Lower East Side Ecology Center has e-waste recycling events on:
7/7, 10am-4pm, 113-43 Farmers Blvd, Queens (St. Albans)
7/14, 10am-4pm, East Elmhurst Shopping Center, Queens
7/15, 10am-4pm, St. John’s University, Queens
7/21, 10am-4pm, Amersfort Park, Brooklyn
7/22, 10am-4pm, Queens Botanical Garden, Queens (Flushing)
7/28, 10am-4pm, Baisley Pond Park, Queens (Jamaica)
7/29, 10am-4pm, Georgetown Shopping Center, Brooklyn
Check out their Calendar of EWaste Events for more info:
lesecologycenter.org/calendar/category/ewaste/ewaste-events
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.
INFO: lesecologycenter.org/programs/ewaste/
New York City’s Zero Waste Program has events and drop-off locations administered by the New York City Department of Sanitation:
>2018 Events:
http://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dsny/site/services/harmful-products/safe-disposal
>Drop-Off Sites:
http://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dsny/site/services/harmful-products/special-waste-drop-offs
>Make sure to check the, Safe Handling & Disposal of Harmful Products, guide before you try to dispose of anything: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dsny/docs/harmful-products-brochure-06310-f.pdf

Textile Recycling
Green Tree Textiles
There are 9 weekly (5 on Saturday, 4 on Sunday) Green Tree collection sites at Farmers Markets in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Westchester.
See the list here: http://www.greentreetextiles.org/farmersmarkets/
We’ve received one second hand report that the Park Slope, Brooklyn location (4th Street at 5th Avenue) accepts scraps but we cannot confirm this information.
Please contact GreenTreeTextiles.org (info@greentreetextiles.org) or visit one of their drop off locations (see list above) to confirm.
GrowNYC
We are disappointed to hear that the GrowNYC Greenmarkets 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/