Freegan Events in New York

April/May 2017
Freegan Events in New York

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

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Tuesday, May 2nd • 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 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. 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 Whole Foods Market at 95 East Houston Street, Manhattan (between Bowery & Chrystie).  We’ll be in the upstairs seating/eating area.
For the Freeganism 101 and trash tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.

Monday, May 15th • 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 5:00pm at the Northeast corner of 3rd Avenue and 14th Street.

Tuesday, May 23rd • 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 Black Rock Park Avenue Plaza, 55 East 52nd Street (btwn Park and Madison Avenues), New York, NY.
For the Freeganism 101 and trash tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.

Wednesday, May 24th • 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? 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 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
Every Tuesday, 6:00pm-8:00pm
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:
1st Tuesday- Basics for Beginners
2nd Tuesday- Brakes and Gears
3rd Tuesday- Cups, Cones, and Bearings
4th Tuesday- Wheels and Spokes
First & Second Sunday of every month, 4:00pm-6:00pm
99 South 6th Street
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.
Every Sunday & Wednesday, 6:00pm-8:00pm
99 South 6th Street

Food Not Bombs
Food Not Bombs ( 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: 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:
4/22: 9:30am, Crawbuckie Park, Ossining, NY
4/23: 9am, Prospect Park, Brooklyn
4/23: 1pm, Paramus Earth Day Celebration, Paramus, NJ
4/29: 11:45am, Central Park, Manhattan
4/30: Appalachian Trail, Pawling, NY
5/6: 11:45am, Forest Park, Kew Gardens, Queens, NY
5/7: 1pm, Pennypack Farm, Huntingdon Valley, PA
5/13: 11:45am, Central Park, Manhattan
5/14: 1pm, Sunken Meadow Park, Kings Park, NY
5/20: 11:45am, Prospect Park, Brooklyn
5/21: 11:30am, Belmont Lake State Park, North Babylon, NY
5/27: 10am, Mountain Top Arboretum, Tannersville, NY
5/28: 11:45am, Central Park, Manhattan
5/29: 10am, Saxon Woods, White Plains, 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, April 22 – Mott Haven
12pm-4pm, Get Green South Bronx Earth Fest
St. Mary’s Park*
St. Ann’s Ave & 147th St, Bronx
*In the event of rain, the Fest will move across the street to Betances Community Center, 547 E. 146th St, but the Swap will be canceled. Check the website for updates.
Saturday, April 29 – Castle Hill
12pm-3pm, Castle Hill Community Center
615 Castle Hill Ave, Bronx
Sunday, April 30 – Upper West Side
11am-2pm, PS 84
32 W 92nd St
Saturday, May 20 – Flushing
12pm-3pm, PS 32 Schoolyard*
171-11 35th Ave, Queens
*Outdoor event, will be moved indoors with inclement weather
Sunday, May 21 – Forest Hills
11am-2pm*, Central Queens YM-YWHA Outdoor Lot
108th St b/t 68 Ave & 68 Rd, Queens
*In the event of rain, the event will take place at the Central Queens YM-YWHA at 67-09 109th St from 11am-1:30pm
For more information and calendar of events see:

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

Computer and Electronics Recycling
Lower East Side Ecology Center has e-waste recycling events on:
4/22: 10am-4pm, St. Anastasia Church, Little Neck, NY
4/22: 1am-4pm, Maspeth Federal Savings Bank, Maspeth, NY
4/23: 10am-4pm, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY
4/23: 10am-4pm, Bayswater Jewish Center, Rockaway, NY
4/29: 10am-4pm, Flatbush Food Co-op, Brooklyn, NY
4/29: 10am-4pm, Williamsburg – Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY
4/30: 10am-4pm, Forest Park, Woodhaven, NY
5/6: 10am-4pm, Manhattan Plaza, NYC
5/7: 10am-4pm, Cobble Hill (P.S. 29), Brooklyn, NY
5/7: 10am-4pm, Jackson Heights (37th Ave), NY
5/12: 10am-4pm, Dumbo Pearl Street Triangle, Brooklyn, NY
5/12: 10am-4pm, West 14th Street, NYC
5/13: 10am-4pm, Brookville Park (Rosedale), Queens, NY
5/20: 10am-4pm, Ben Abrams Playground, Bronx, NY
5/20: 10am-4pm, First Unitarian Chapel, Brooklyn, NY
5/21: 10am-4pm, UWS Jewish Community Center, NYC
5/21: 10am-4pm, First Unitarian Chapel, Brooklyn, 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.
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:
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: