Freegan Events in New York

September 2018
Freegan Events in New York

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Tuesday, September 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, September 13th • Freegan Film Night (Degrowth)
Come join us to watch and discuss, Degrowth (2016), a documentary about the myth of unlimited economic growth on a finite planet.
“There is a present world, the world of desire, of ‘having’, of ‘always more’, characterized by the absence of limits to economic growth. A world that today collapses because of the decline of energy resources, raw materials and the environmental crisis. And there is a world that is already arriving, the world of ‘being’, where the so-called growth objectors reinvent their way of life adapting it to the limits of the biosphere and to the real needs of the human being.”
Degrowth is mostly in Spanish. We will be joined by Antonio who has translated and subtitled the film into English. He will discuss his interest in the movie and the process of translating and subtitling.
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, September 25th • 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 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? 7:30pm along The High Line.
(10th Ave. btwn 18th & 17th Streets)
We’ll meet at the 10th Avenue Square.
(stadium/bleachers style seating area just below 17th Street)
PLEASE NOTE: If it’s raining, we’ll meet under the covered area just south of 14th Street.
For the Freeganism 101 and Trash Tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.

Thursday, September 27th • 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.” 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 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.
Every Tuesday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
La Plaza Cultural Community Garden, SW corner of 9th St & Ave C
Intro Class: basics of bicycle maintenance.
Learn how to fix bikes, do simple maintenance and tune-ups.
Subjects are covered in a four-week rotation beginning the first week of every month.
First Friday of every month, 3:00pm-6:00pm
La Plaza Cultural Community Garden, SW corner of 9th St & Ave C
Intro Class: basics of bicycle maintenance.
Learn how to fix bikes, do simple maintenance and tune-ups.
Rain re-schedules the class for the following Friday.

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:
9/1, 11:45am, Prospect Park, Brooklyn
9/2, 11:45am, Forest Park, Kew Gardens, Queens
9/3, 01:00pm, Sunken Meadow Park, Kings Park, LI
9/8, 09:00am, Teatown Lake Reservation, Ossining, NY
9/8, 01:00pm, Tarrywile Park, Danbury, CT
9/9, 09:00am, Central Park, Manhattan
9/15, 11:45am, Prospect Park, Brooklyn
9/16, 11:45am, Cunningham Park, Hollis Queens
9/22, 11:45am, Central Park, Manhattan
9/23, 12:45pm, Private Woodlands, Ridgefield, CT
9/29, 11:45am, Forest Park, Kew Gardens, Queens
9/30, 09:00am, Far Rockaway, Queens
9/30, 12:00pm, Hempstead Harbor Trail, Port Washington, LI
Get more info 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 8 – Ridgewood
10am-1pm, Ridgewood Youthmarket
Cypress Ave b/t Myrtle & Putnam Aves, Queens
Saturday, September 8* – East New York
*Rescheduled from 8/11
10am-1pm, East New York Farmer’s Market**
Schenck Ave b/t New Lots & Livonia Aves, Brooklyn
**Outdoor event, subject to cancellation with inclement weather
Sunday, September 9 – Upper West Side
1pm-4pm, Summer on the Hudson – West Side County Fair*
Riverside Park South on Pier 1, Manhattan
(Entrance at 68th & Riverside Blvd)
*Outdoor event, subject to cancellation with inclement weather. Rain date Sunday Sept. 16.
Saturday, September 15 – Westchester Square
1pm-4pm, Westchester Square*
2551 Westchester Ave, Bronx
*Outdoor event, subject to cancellation with inclement weather
Saturday, September 22 – Coney Island
12pm-3pm, PS 100 Parking Lot*
2951 W 3rd St, Coney Island, BK
(Entrance on W 2nd St b/t W 2nd Pl & W Brighton Ave)
*Outdoor event, will be moved indoors with inclement weather.
Sunday, September 23 – Washington Heights
11am-2pm, S.T.A.R. Senior Center
650 W 187th St, Manhattan
*Featuring a Mending Circle hosted by REMADE in Brooklyn!
Saturday, September 29 – Charleston
12pm-3pm, Clay Pits Pond State Park Nature Interpretive Center
2351 Veterans Road West, Staten Island
Sunday, September 30 – North Corona
12pm-3pm, PS 330
110-08 Northern Blvd, 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).
GrowNYC has greatly expanded composting collection.
See the expanded dropoff site list here:
East New York Farmers Market Compost Project
Accepts Compost:
Every Saturday until the end of November 2018.
Location: Schenck Avenue between New Lots and Livonia Avenues
Accepts Food Scraps:
Tuesdays (9am – 6pm)
Fridays (10am – 6pm)
(scroll down to “Food Scrap Drop Off” for interactive map)

Computer and Electronics Recycling
Lower East Side Ecology Center has e-waste recycling events on:
9/8, 10am – 2pm, St Camillus Academy, Rockaway Park
9/15, 10am – 4pm, 82-10 Queens Boulevard, Elmhurst, Queens
9/16, 10am – 4pm, Amsterdam Avenue at W 110th Street
9/22, 10am – 4pm, 462 Halsey Community Farm, Brooklyn
9/23, 10am – 2am, Forest Park Bandshell Lot, Queens
9/29, 10am – 4pm, Maspeth Federal Savings Bank, Queens
9/30, 10am – 4pm, Kimlau Square, Manhattan
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:
>2018 Events:
>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 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:
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: