Freegan Events in New York

Freegan Events in New York

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Friday, November 29th • Buy Nothing Day Whirl Mart!
On Buy Nothing Day, a response to Black Friday, defy our society’s relentless shopping rituals by taking part in a ritual of consumption awareness, reclaiming commercial space through the simple act of not shopping. A Whirl is a fun, easy and delightfully visual way to raise awareness about overconsumption – reclaiming a faux public space for our own purposes. See more info on Whirl-Mart here.

This year, joins Extinction Rebillion NYC to whirl through a big box store in a meditation on the ravages of excess, envisioning the more beautiful world that our hearts know is possible. XR NYC will have outreach teams outside the store, and will be there to pass out non-purchased gift ideas and coupons.

If you want to sign up for updates and details from Extinction Rebellion, you can find their sign up form here, but you can also just come join in!

Monday, December 2nd • Freegan Meeting-Discussion, Freeganism 101 & 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, 101 and tour are NOT open to media.
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. For the Freeganism 101 and trash tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location. If you arrive and cannot find us, call Janet at (347) 724-6954

Thursday, December 12th • Freegan Crafty Gift Making
Step out of the shopping treadmill! There are ways to show the love without buying! This freegan crafts evening will help you make gifts from the heart rather than purchase them. We’ll explore card-making, jewelry-making, customized bags, boxes and other creative activities. Great for all ages!
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? Meet at 6pm in Assembly Hall inside Judson Memorial Church (239 Thompson St. New York NY, 10012).

Wednesday, December 18th • 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 forage and comment on the reasons for such waste.
The meeting and 101 are NOT open to media but media WILL be welcome to the tour by appointment.
When & Where? Meet at 7:30pm in the public atrium at 590 Madison Avenue in Manhattan (formerly the IBM building, entrance is on 56th Street). For the Freeganism 101 and trash tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.

Friday, December 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, 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 by appointment but journalists will be required to respect the wishes of those who do not want to be photographed.
Special this month, we will have a no-pressure freegan gift exchange in conjunction with our feast. Bring any wrapped items (newspaper wrapping is fantastic!) that you may have and not want and could be of use to someone else. These items can also be found from other places as well. If you have a surplus of items, feel free to bring more than one so that those who come to the feast can participate even if they did not bring anything.
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, December 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
Freegan refreshments will be available.
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
Bike Repair Class
First two Sundays of the month, 4pm – 6pm, 99 South 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY
Fix Your Own Bike Workshop
Every Sunday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, 99 South 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY
Outdoor Bike Repair Class (ENDS OCTOBER 22ND)
Every Tuesday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Carmen’s Garden, 117 Ave C, btwn 7th & 8th Street, Manhattan
Indoor Bike Repair Class
Every Wednesday, 5:45pm – 7pm, 99 South 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY
Fix Your Own Bike Workshop
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. Info at:

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 and his daughter Violet Brill hold 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:
10/12, Forest Park, Queens, NY
10/12, Nature Study Woods Park, New Rochelle, NY
10/13, Central Park, 106th St. & 5th Ave, Manhattan, NY
10/14, Croton Aqueduct, Dobbs Ferry, Westchester, NY
10/19, Tarrywile Park, Danbury, CT
10/20, Sunken Meadow Park,  Kings Park, Long Island, NY
10/26, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY
10/27, Central Park, 106th St. & 5th Ave, Manhattan, NY
10/31, Forest Park, Queens, NY
11/2, Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan, NY
11/2, 5 Island Park, New Rochelle, NY
11/3, Forest Park, Queens, NY
11/9, Saxon Woods, White Plains, NY
11/10, Belmont Lake State Park, North Babylon, Long Island, NY
11/16, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY
11/17, Central Park, W. 72nd St. & CPW, Manhattan, NY
11/22, Alley Pond Park, Bayside, Queens, NY
11/23, Jack Harrington Greenway, White Plains, NY
11/23, Sunken Meadow Park, Kings Park, Long Island, NY
11/24, Marine Park, Brooklyn NY
11/30, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY
12/1, Central Park, W. 72nd St. & CPW, Manhattan, NY

For more info and to register for tours:

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, October 12 – Hillcrest
12pm-3pm, PS 145, 7502 162nd St, Fresh Meadows, Queens
Sunday, October 20 – North Corona
12pm-3pm, PS 330Q, 110-08 Northern Blvd, North Corona, Queens
Saturday, October 26 – Financial District
12pm-3pm, Pace University, Aniello Bianco Room, 3 Spruce St, Manhattan
Saturday, November 2 – Bushwick
12pm-3pm, Bushwick-Hylan Community Center, 50 Humboldt St, Brooklyn
Sunday, November 3 – Glendale
12pm-3pm, The Shops at Atlas Park (beneath Shiro of Japan), 80-00 Cooper Ave, Queens
Saturday, November 9 – Roosevelt Island
12pm-3pm, Manhattan Park Theatre Club, 8 River Rd, Manhattan
Saturday, November 16 – Morrisania
12pm-3pm, DreamYard Project, 1085 Washington Ave (btwn. 165th & 166th), Bronx

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);
– 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).

 has greatly expanded composting collection.
See the expanded dropoff site list here:

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
(scroll down to “Food Scrap Drop Off” for interactive map)
VOLUNTEER: 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:
10/12, 10am-4pm, Lower East Side, Rutgers St. between Madison and Cherry Sts, Manhattan, NY
10/12, 10am-4pm, Meatpacking District, 414 W 14th St, Manhattan, NY
10/18, 10am-4pm, Lower East Side, Cooper Square, 4th Ave. between 7th & 8th Sts, Manhattan, NY
10/19, 10am-4pm, Little Neck, St. Anastasia Church, Northern Blvd. parking lot, enter from Alameda Ave, Queens, NY
10/20, 10am-4pm, Howard Beach, PS 207, 159th Ave. & 88th St, Howard Beach, Brooklyn, NY
10/20, 10am-4pm, Cobble Hill, PS 29, Baltic St. between Henry & Clinton Sts, Brooklyn, NY
10/25, 10am-4pm, Hudson Square, Spring Street Park, 6th Ave. and Spring St, Manhattan, NY
10/26, 10am-4pm, St. Albans, St. Albans the Martyr Episcopal Church, 116-42 Farmers Blvd, Jamaica, Queens, NY
10/27, 10am-4pm, Jackson Heights, 37th Ave. between 78th and 79th Sts, Queens, NY
10/27, 10am-4pm, Upper West Side, Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave, Manhattan, NY
11/16, 10am-4pm, East Elmhurst (Petco/Modells Shopping Center between 77th St. and 30th Ave), Queens, 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:
>2019 SAFE (Solvents, Automotive, Flammables & Electronics) Disposal Events:
There are two SAFE events per borough each year in the spring and fall.
Fall 2019 SAFE Disposal Events will be announced late summer.
@nyczerowaste on social media for updates.
Events are held, rain or shine, from 10 am to 4 pm.
The events are popular, be prepared for a line.
>Drop-Off Sites:
>Make sure to check the, Safe Handling & Disposal of Harmful Products, guide before you try to dispose of anything:

Textile Recycling
Green Tree Textiles
There are 10 weekly (6 on Saturday, 4 on Sunday) Green Tree collection sites at Farmers Markets in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Westchester.
See the list here:
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).

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: