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Freegan Events in New York

January/February 2017
Freegan Events in New York

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

If you arrive at an event and cannot find us, call Janet at (347) 724-6954

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

Thursday, January 26th • Freegan Film Night
Come watch and discuss, Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things. “How might your life be better with less? Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things examines the many flavors of minimalism by taking the audience inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life—families, entrepreneurs, architects, artists, journalists, scientists, and even a former Wall Street broker—all of whom are striving to live a meaningful life with less.”
Freegan snacks will be available.
When & Where?  Doors open at 7pm, film starts at 7:30pm.  We’ll be in Assembly Hall at Judson Memorial Church (239 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012).

Sunday, January 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).

Monday, February 6th • 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 Public Space at 1991 Broadway (Manhattan) between 67th and 68th Streets (next to Apple Store).
For the Freeganism 101 and trash tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.

Tuesday, February 21st • 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 eating/seating area of Whole Foods Market, 226 East 57th St. NYC (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues).
For the Freeganism 101 and trash tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.

Wednesday, February 22nd • 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 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 Wednesday, January 18th in Manhattan
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.
INFO: fixerscollective.org | facebook.com/fixerscollective
When and Where: 7-10pm at Hack Manhattan (2nd floor library), 137 West 14th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues (hackmanhattan.com).
MTA Subway – 1/2/3/A/C/E/F/M/L/PATH West 14th at 7th Ave

Weekly Bike Repair Workshops by Times Up
BROOKLYN WORKSHOPS are at Times Up! Brooklyn, 99 South 6th St, off Bedford Ave.
Wednesdays: Fix Your Own Bike Workshop, 5:30-8:30pm
Sundays: Fix Your Own Bike Workshop, 5:30-8:30pm
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 3:30pm 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.
NO TOURS SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2017
Get more info and sign up 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 in January:
Saturday, January 7 – Bronx
12pm-3pm, New Settlement Community Center
1501 Jerome Ave, Mount Eden
Sunday, January 8 – Brooklyn
11am-2pm, Boro Park YM-YWHA
4910 14th Ave, Borough Park
Saturday, January 21 – Queens
12pm-3pm, PS 13 Clement C. Moore
55-01 94th St, Elmhurst
Sunday, January 22 – Manhattan
11am-2pm, Westbeth Community Room
155 Bank St, West Village
Saturday, January 28 – Queens
12pm-3pm, PS 50
143-26 101st Ave, Jamaica
Saturday, February 4 – Queens
12pm-3pm, The Shops at Atlas Park
80-00 Cooper Avenue, Glendale
Sunday, February 5 – Queens
11am-2pm, Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Blvd, Flushing
Sunday, February 12 – Manhattan
12pm-3pm, Elliott Community Center
441 West 26th St, Chelsea
For more information and calendar of events see: grownyc.org/swap

Composting
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
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. INFO: communitygardenwest124st@yahoogroups.com
Compost for Brooklyn accepts residential food scraps but they haven’t posted dates/times for July. Email them for upcoming dates/times: compostforbrooklyn@gmail.com.
They are at the intersections of Newkirk Avenue and East 8th Street in Brooklyn.
INFO: compostforbrooklyn.org
GrowNYC has greatly expanded compostables collection. See the expanded dropoff site list here: grownyc.org/compost/locations

Computer and Electronics Recycling
Lower East Side Ecology Center has e-waste recycling events on:
1/6: 11am-3pm, 449 Broadway (btwn Howard & Grand), NYC
1/7: 10am-4pm, East Elmhurst Shopping Center, Queens, NY
1/8: 10am-4pm, Union Square – North Plaza, NYC
1/8: 10am-2pm, 449 Broadway (btwn Howard & Grand), NYC
1/14: 10am-4pm, Holy Name of Jesus Church (207 W 96th St), NYC
1/15: 10am-4pm, Prospect Park West & 3rd St., Brooklyn, NY
1/22: 10am-4pm, 92nd Street Y (1395 Lexington Avenue), NYC
1/28: 10am-4pm, Rosemary’s Playground (Ridgewood, NY), Queens
1/29: 10am-4pm, Queens Botanical Garden (43-50 Main St), Queens, NY
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.
Goodwill Stores collect electronics for recycling through their Reconnect program.

Textile Recycling
Green Tree Textiles
There are 8 weekly (4 on Saturday, 4 on Sunday) Green Tree collection sites at Farmers Markets in Manhattan, 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/