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Freegan Events in New York

2019
April & May
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 347-724-6954

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PLEASE NOTE:
Our quarterly Really Really Free Markets will start in March this year:
The 2019 RRFM Schedule is:
Sunday, March 31st
Sunday, June 30th
Sunday, September 29th
Sunday, December 29th
Time: 3pm to 7pm
Location: Assembly Hall at Judson Memorial Church, 239 Thompson St. New York, NY 10012
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.


Thursday, April 4th • Freegan Meeting, Discussion & Trash Tour
After brief updates about ongoing projects we’ll have an open, facilitated discussion on a topic of freegan interest. 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 at 7:30pm in the Wall Street Atrium at 60 Wall Street, New York, NY. We will be seated in view of the door at the Wall Street entrance.
For the Freeganism 101 and Trash Tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.

Thursday, April 11th • Freegan Film Night
Come join us to watch and discuss, From the Waste Up: Life Without Plastic (2014).
“What’s the problem with plastic?! Would it be worthwhile to try to live without it, and why? This documentary follows the lives of families in Vancouver, Canada as they attempt to live without plastic for one year. As the viewer is gently led through the problems of plastic, they are entertained by the pursuits of the plastic-free challengers…the youngest being a mere 4 years old. Witness the positive change that takes place- from some major growing pains to the final conclusions. This documentary does not preach; rather it provides multiple possible avenues of inspiration for everyone to reexamine their own disposable habits.”
Freegan refreshments will be available.
When & Where? Meet in Assembly Hall inside Judson Memorial Church (239 Thompson St. New York NY, 10012).
Doors will open at 7pm and the program will begin at 7:30pm.

Monday, April 22nd • 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’ll 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 Black Rock Park Avenue Plaza (Public Atrium), 55 East 52nd Street (between Park and Madison Avenues), Manhattan.
For the Freeganism 101 and trash tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.

Tuesday, April 23rd • 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, 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.
Please note that while freegans encompass a diversity of diets our feasts are vegetarian (mostly vegan).
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.

Thursday, May 2nd • Freegan Film Night
Come join us to watch and discuss a freegan related documentary.
The film has yet to be determined.
More details to follow.
Freegan refreshments will be available.
When & Where? Meet in Assembly Hall inside Judson Memorial Church (239 Thompson St. New York NY, 10012).
Doors will open at 7pm and the program will begin at 7:30pm.

Monday, May 6th • Freegan Meeting, Discussion & Trash Tour
After brief updates about ongoing projects we’ll have an open, facilitated discussion on a topic of freegan interest. 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 at 7:30pm inside Whole Foods Market in the eating/seating area at 808 Columbus Avenue New York, NY (corner of 97th street and Columbus Avenue, 2 blocks west of Central Park and 1,2,3, C or B subway lines).
For the Freeganism 101 and Trash Tour, meet us at 9:15pm in the same location.

Friday, May 17th • NYU Dorm Dive
Join us (rain or shine) for our annual Dorm Dive. We will salvage a fraction of the usable and valuable items that are thrown out by NYU students at the end of the school year. This is the one event in the year where we’ll work with huge, high dumpsters. If you’re able-and-inclined, be prepared to climb in-and-out of dumpsters and possibly to lift and move heavy, awkward stuff (there’s plenty of work to do outside the dumpsters so don’t worry if climbing around in dumpsters is not your thing). Unlike other dives this will not be a tour as we tend to stay at the same dumpster throughout.
What to wear: sturdy shoes, clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Consider bringing a pair of work or garden gloves.
What to bring: bags and other containers to tote your newfound stuff, packing tape, info on other dorm move out dates/locations.
Media: are welcome by appointment.
When & Where? Meet at 4:00pm at the Northeast corner of 3rd Avenue and 14th Street.

Monday, May 20th • 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’ll 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 at Carl Schurz park on the East River. Enter the park at 86th Street, walk straight toward the river, and go up the steps to the benches by the river. Take the 4, 5, or 6 to 86th.
PLEASE NOTE: If it’s raining, we’ll meet in the eating/seating area in Whole Foods at 1551 3rd Ave between 87th and 88th.
For the Freeganism 101 and trash tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.

Tuesday, May 21st • 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, 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.
Please note that while freegans encompass a diversity of diets our feasts are vegetarian (mostly vegan).
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.


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
No classes at this time.
INFO: times-up.org/calendar

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:
4/6, 11:45am, Central Park, Manhattan
4/7, 10am, 5 Islands Park, New Rochelle, NY
4/13, 11:45am, 5 Islands Park, New Rochelle, NY
4/13, 1pm, Tarrywile Park, Danbury, CT
4/14, 11:30am, Belmont Lake State Park, Babylon, LI
4/20, 9am, Crawbuckie Park, Ossining, NY
4/21, 12pm, Bronx River Pathway, Tuckahoe, NY
4/27, 10am, Central Park, Manhattan
4/28, 11:45am, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY
5/4, 10:30am, Belmont Lake State Park, Babylon, LI
5/5, 10am, Hunts Woods, Bronxville, NY
5/5, 11:45am, Jack Harrington Greenway, White Plains, NY
5/11, 11:45am, Appalachian Trail, Pawling, NY
5/12, 10am, Rockaway Beach Blvd, Far Rockaway, NY
5/14, 10am, Haven for Humanity, Livingston Manor, NY
5/16, 6pm, Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Stamford, CT
5/18, 11:45am, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY
5/19, 11:45am, Central Park, Manhattan
5/25, 10am, Bedford Post Inn, Bedford, NY
5/26, 11:30am, Belmont Lake State Park, Babylon, LI
5/26, 11:45am, Nature Study Woods Park, New Rochelle, NY
5/27, 10am, Saxon Woods Park White Plains, NY

Get more info 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, April 6 – Sugar Hill
12-3pm, Sugar Hill Apartments
898 St. Nicholas Ave, Manhattan
Saturday, April 13 – Hunt’s Point
12-3pm, Bronx Studio School
928 Simpson St, Bronx
Sunday, April 14 – Bushwick (CLOTHING SWAP*)
3pm-6pm, Moto Spirits Distillery
93 Forrest St, Brooklyn
*Clothing, shoes, belts, hats, and accessories only, please!
Thursday, April 18 – Downtown Brooklyn
11am-2pm*, Brooklyn Borough Hall Plaza**
209 Joralemon St, Brooklyn
*Donations accepted from 8am at the Greenmarket
**Outdoor event, will be moved inside Borough Hall with inclement weather
Saturday, May 4 – Bull’s Head
12-3pm, College of Staten Island – Green Dolphin Lounge*
2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island
*Free parking available in Parking Lot 4
Sunday, May 5 – Whitestone
12-3pm, PS 184 Flushing Manor
163-15 21st Ave, Queens
Saturday, May 11 – Harlem
12-3pm, PS 180 Hugo Newman Prep
370 W 120th St, Manhattan
Saturday, May 18 – Soundview
12-3pm, Sonia Sotomayor Community Center
1000 Rosedale Ave, Bronx
Sunday, May 19 – Prospect Heights
11am-2pm, PS 9 Schoolyard*
80 Underhill Ave, Brooklyn
*Outdoor event, will be moved indoors with inclement weather
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);
– East River Compost Yard (need access code, see website for info).
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);
– 7th Ave. & Christopher Street (Tues, 8-11am);
– 6th Ave. & Waverly Place (Thurs, 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
East New York Compost Project

Accepts Organic Waste:
Each Sat at East New York Farmers Market (end of June to end of Nov)
-Location: Schenck Ave btwn New Lots and Livonia Avenues
Each Tues (9am – 6pm) & Fri (10am – 6pm) year round
-Locations: https://ucceny.org/enyf/compost/
(scroll down to “Food Scrap Drop Off” for interactive map)
INFO: https://ucceny.org/enyf/
VOLUNTEER: https://ucceny.org/get-involved/ or Anita@EastNewYorkFarms.Org
CONTACT: 718 986 4657 x 18 (Ask for Anita)

Computer and Electronics Recycling
Lower East Side Ecology Center has e-waste recycling events on:
4/6, 10am-4pm, CC Moore Playground, Queens
4/7, 10am-4pm, Tompkins Square Park, Manhattan
4/13, 10am-4pm, Flatbush Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY
4/14, 10am-4pm, Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills, Queens
4/14, 10am-2pm, JJ Byrne Playground, Park Slope, Brooklyn
4/20, 10am-4pm, 4907 4th Avenue, Sunset Park, Brooklyn
4/20, 10am-4pm, Habana Outpost Fort Greene, Brooklyn
4/22, 10am-4pm, Howard Street (btwn Broadway & Mercer), Manhattan
4/26, 10am-4pm, Carl Schurz Park, Manhattan
4/27, 10am-4pm, East 96th Street, Brooklyn
4/27, 1pm-4pm, Maspeth Federal Saving Bank, Maspeth, Queens
4/28, 10am-2pm, Forest Park Bandshell Parking Lot, Queens
5/4, 10am-4pm, 172-12 Linden Blvd, Jamaica, Queens
5/5, 10am-4pm, PS 29 Baltic Street, Cobble Hill, NY
5/10, 8am-5pm, West 14th Street & 8th Avenue, Manhattan
5/10, 10am-4pm, Pearl Street Triangle, Brooklyn
5/11, 10am-4pm, St. Anastasia Church, Little Neck, NY
5/19, 10am-4pm, 37th Avenue b/w 78th & 79th Streets, Queens
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/
Thanks to a report from a fellow freegan who has visited one of the collection sites, Green Tree apparently accepts textiles, “in any condition”, which should include scraps, rags, etc. (according to a person accepting the textiles inside the Green Tree tent and also according to the signage at the collection site).
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/