Freegan Events in New York

October 2017
Freegan Events in New York

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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?

Monday, October 2nd • Freegan Urban Ecology Tour
Grab a notebook and join Zaac on a guided tour of a bewildering and oft-missed nature within the city. We will seek to recognize ecologically-sound nourishment from “invasive”, “parasitic” “pests” or otherwise unwanted plant and fungal life ubiquitously found growing itself in spite of human intention. On our journey through Earth’s own sustainability expect to find nutritious tendrils, sweet fruits, medicinal roots and protein-rich mushrooms.
Often consulted for field expertise regarding fungi, Zaac guides people through realms in which details matter immensely. Zaac’s skills are occasionally requested by Harvard University and the New York Botanical Gardens for rare and disappearing species’ surveys.
When & Where? Meet at 3:15pm at the Alice in Wonderland Statue in Central Park (North of Conservatory Water & 74th Street off 5th Avenue on the East side of Central Park).
The tour will start promptly at 3:30pm sharp.

Tuesday, October 3rd • Freegan Meeting, Discussion & 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 strategies for coping in the new era (with the new government). 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. This month’s discussion topic will be Freegan Clothing (shared, found, reused, repurposed, created, etc.). 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 inside the Black Rock Park Avenue Plaza, 55 East 52nd Street (btwn Park and Madison Avenues), Manhattan.
For the Freeganism 101 and trash tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.

Thursday, October 12th • Freegan Film Night
Come join us to watch and discuss, Trashed Nation:
“Freegans claim anyone can live off foraging food from the trash. Are they right?
“Filmmaker Cat Rhinehart takes on the Freegan challenge and lives off nothing but food she finds in the trash in New York City for an entire month—much to the dismay of her roommates.”

Freegan refreshments 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).

Tuesday, October 17th • 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 upstairs seating area of Panera Bread, 345 Adams Street (between Willoughby St & Tech Pl), in Brooklyn Heights/Downtown Brooklyn.
Take the A, C, F or R to Jay St/Metrotech, or the 2, 3, 4 or 5 to Borough Hall.
For the Freeganism 101 and trash tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.

Wednesday, October 18th • 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. RSVP (at least a day ahead) to Janet at (347) 724-6954 for the location. We’ll meet at 6:15pm to begin cooking and preparation.

Sunday, October 29th • Really, Really Free Market
The Really, Really Free Market is a bazaar and 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
If you’d like to help and others gather and prepare food, contact
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.” stands in solidarity with Common Decency. 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
La Plaza Cultural Community Garden, SW corner of 9th St & Ave C
Come learn how to fix bikes, do simple maintenance and tune-ups at the bike mechanic repair classes. Subjects are covered in a four-week rotation beginning the first week of every month.
Every Tuesday, 6:00pm-8:00pm
1st Tuesday- Basics for Beginners
2nd Tuesday- Brakes and Gears
3rd Tuesday- Cups, Cones, and Bearings
4th Tuesday- Wheels and Spokes
Come learn how to fix bikes, do simple maintenance and tune-ups at the bike repair classes in Time’s Up’s Brooklyn bicycle co-op.
First & Second Sunday, 4:00pm-6:00pm
99 South 6th Street
Every Sunday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Food Not Bombs
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. Help cook at Catholic Worker, 36 East First Street, between First and Second Avenues, at 1pm.
INFO: or (212) 254-3697 ext. 27 or
Long Island Food Not Bombs ( 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:,, or email or

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:
9/30, 11:45am, Forest Park, Kew Gardens, NY
10/1, 11am, Bedford Post Inn, Bedford, NY
10/7, 11:45am, Central Park, Manhattan
10/8, 1pm, Pennypack Farm, Philadelphia, PA
10/9, 2pm, Croton Aqueduct, Dobbs Ferry, NY
10/14, 1pm, Sunken Meadow Park, Kings Park, NY
10/15, 11:45am, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY
10/21, 1pm, Tarrywile Park, Danbury, CT
10/22, 11:45am, Central Park, Manhattan
10/28, 11:45am, Appalachian Trail, Pawling, NY
10/29, 11:30am, Belmont Lake State Park, North Babylon, NY
Get more info/logistics and register for tours at

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, September 30 – East Village
12pm-3pm, Downtown Art (Rear Yard)
19 E 3rd St (b/t Bowery & 2nd Ave), Manhattan
Outdoor event, will be moved indoors with inclement weather
Saturday, October 14 – East Harlem
12pm-3pm, Uptown Grand Central Plaza
Underneath Metro-North viaduct at 125th St & Park Ave, Manhattan
Outdoor event, rain or shine
Sunday, October 15 – Sunset Park
12pm-3pm, Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Notre Dame Hall)
60th St b/t 5th & 6th Aves, Brooklyn
Saturday, Oct 21 – Whitestone
12pm-3pm, PS 184 Flushing Manor
163-15 21st Ave (b/t 163rd & 166th Sts), Queens
Sunday, October 22 – North Corona
12pm-3pm, PS 330
110-08 Northern Blvd (b/t 110th & 111th Sts), Queens

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):
Lower East Side Ecology Center ( 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).
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.
Compost for Brooklyn accepts residential food scraps. Email them for upcoming dates/times: They are at the intersections of Newkirk Avenue and East 8th Street in Brooklyn.
GrowNYC has greatly expanded composting collection.
See the expanded dropoff site list here:

Computer and Electronics Recycling
Lower East Side Ecology Center has e-waste recycling events on:
9/30, 10am-4pm, 462 Halsey Community Farm, Brooklyn, NY
10/6, 11am-4pm, 334 Madison Street, Manhattan
10/7, 10am-4pm, East Elmhurst Shopping Center, Queens, NY
10/7, 10am-4pm, Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn, NY
10/14, 10am-4pm, St Albans the Martyr Episcopal Church, Jamaica, NY
10/14, 1pm-4pm, Maspeth Federal Savings Bank, Maspeth, NY
10/15, 10am-4pm, Yeshiva of Central Queens, Kew Gardens, NY
10/21, 10am-4pm, Flatbush Food Co-op, Brooklyn, NY
10/21, 11am-4pm, Williamsburg – Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY
10/22, 10am-4pm, Church of the Mediator, Bronx, NY
10/22, 10am-4pm, P.S. 29, Brooklyn, NY
10/28, 10am-4pm, St. Anastasia Church, Little Neck, NY
10/29, 10am-4pm, Jewish Community Center, Manhattan
10/29, 10am-4pm, 37th Avenue, Jackson Heights, NY
Check out their Calendar of EWaste Events for more info:
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.
New York City’s Zero Waste Program has events and drop-off locations administered by the New York City Department of Sanitation:
>2017 Events:
>MAKE SURE to read through the list of acceptable items:

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:
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 ( or visit one of their drop off locations (see list above) to confirm.
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: 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: