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Freegan Events in New York

2019
July and August
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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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 Street 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.


Monday, July 8th • Freegan Meeting-Discussion, Freeganism 101 & Trash Tour
Meeting (7:30pm)
Help make freeganism happen in NYC! After brief reports on 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.
Freeganism 101 (9pm)
At 9pm we’ll end the meeting to spend a half hour discussing the basics of freeganism, urban foraging and more.
Trash Tour (9:30pm)
At 9:30pm we’ll start exploring the area’s wasted food and other goods. We’ll give hands on advice about foraging while considering why? so much stuff is wasted.
The meeting, 101 and tour are NOT open to media.
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.

Friday, July 19th • Freegavaganza!
Join us for a citywide exploration and scavenging of trash!
At 8:45pm, at Union Square (across from Whole Foods Market on 14th Street) individuals and teams of twos, threes and fours will fan out to forage in different neighborhoods throughout the city.
Everyone will reconvene at Union Square at 11:15pm with an impressive display of all sorts of supermarket, bakery and convenience store discards.
If you’re interested in joining us, meet us at Union Square at 8:45pm, with or without a partner.
Or if you’d rather do the foraging independently, without first meeting us at Union Square (across from Whole Foods Market on 14th Street), please contact Janet in advance (347-724-6954) with your selected diving location so we can effectively coordinate without duplicating neighborhoods.
Whether or not you convene at Union Square in advance of the event, you should do your best to return to Union Square on time at 11:15pm so we can all appreciate the scale of the evening’s proceeds.
We expect to be able to redistribute all of the evening’s finds to freegavaganza participants as well as to any audience that might gather in Union Square.
As you’re exploring, please consider that the food you’re rescuing will be displayed and distributed to a variety of people with a variety of tastes. For example, even if you don’t eat yogurt, there are others who do, so if you find some yogurt take it for display and distribution.
Weather permitting: If it’s a rainy evening, we’ll cancel/reschedule.
If you’re in doubt, call Janet (347-724-6954).
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 8:45pm at Union Square (Manhattan) across from Whole Foods Market on 14th Street.

Thursday, July 25th • 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.
Program will begin at 7:30pm.

Monday, July 29th • Freegan Meeting, Freeganism 101 & Trash Tour
Meeting (7:30pm)
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!
Freeganism 101 (9pm)
At 9pm we’ll end the meeting to spend a half hour discussing the basics of freeganism, urban foraging and more.
Trash Tour (9:30pm)
At 9:30pm we’ll start exploring the area’s wasted food and other goods. We’ll give hands on advice about foraging while considering why? so much stuff is wasted.
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 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.

Tuesday, July 30th • 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.
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.

Monday, August 5th • Freegan Meeting-Discussion, Freeganism 101 & Trash Tour
Meeting (7:30pm)
Help make freeganism happen in NYC! After brief reports on 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.
Freeganism 101 (9pm)
At 9pm we’ll end the meeting to spend a half hour talking about the basics of freeganism, urban foraging and more.
Trash Tour (9:30)
At 9:30pm we’ll start exploring the area’s wasted food and other goods. We’ll give hands on advice about foraging while considering why? so much stuff is wasted.
The meeting, 101 and tour are NOT open to media.
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.

Saturday, August 17th • Freegan Crafts Salon
Step out of the shopping treadmill!
There are plenty of household materials that are perfect for repurposing to create new, beautiful, decorative and useful things to keep or share.
We’ll make cards, jewelry, totebags, boxes and more while exploring other creative activities.
People are welcome to bring acoustic instruments and poetry for a freegan jam and poetry slam.
Great for all ages!
Freegan refreshments will be available.
When & Where? Meet at 1pm in Assembly Hall at Judson Memorial Church (239 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012).

Monday, August 19th • Freegan Meeting, Freeganism 101 & Trash Tour
Meeting (7:30pm)
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.
Freeganism 101 (9pm)
At 9pm we’ll end the meeting to spend a half hour discussing the basics of freeganism, urban foraging and more.
Trash Tour (9:30pm)
At 9:30pm we’ll start exploring the area’s wasted food and other goods. We’ll give hands on advice about foraging while considering why? so much stuff is wasted.
The meeting and 101 are NOT open to media but media WILL be welcome to the tour by appointment.
When & Where? Meet at 7:30 in the cafe inside HI New York City Hostel, 891 Amsterdam Ave, New York, New York 10025 (corner of 103rd St).
For the Freeganism 101 and Trash Tour meet us at 9pm in the same location.

Tuesday, August 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 with appointment but journalists will be required to respect the wishes of those who do not want to be photographed.
When & Where? August’s feast will be held at HI New York City Hostel, 891 Amsterdam Ave (corner of 103rd St), New York, New York 10025.
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, August 29th • 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.
Program will begin at 7:30pm.


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
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
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.
MANHATTAN CLASSES
Outdoor Bike Repair Class
Every Saturday
2pm – 4pm
Carmen’s Garden, 117 Ave C, btwn 7th & 8th Street
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:
7/4, 11:45am, Forest Park, Kew Gardens, Queens
7/6, 11:30am, Bedford Post Inn, Bedford, NY
7/7, 11:45am, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY
7/7, 11:45am, Leatherstocking Trail, Larchmont, NY
7/13, 11:30am, Belmont Lake State Park, West Babylon, LI
7/14, 1:00pm, Huntington State Park, Redding, CT
7/20, 12:00pm, Unitarian Universalist Church Woodlands, Manhasset, LI
7/21, 1:00pm, Tarrywile Park, Danbury, CT
7/27, 9:00am, Forest Park, Woodhaven, Queens
7/27, 11:45am, Forest Park, Kew Gardens, Queens
7/28, 11:45am, Central Park, Manhattan
7/28, 11:45am, Sheldrake Lake, Larchmont, NY
8/3, 11:45am, Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan
8/4, 2pm, Croton Aqueduct, Dobbs Ferry, Westchester
8/10, 11:45am, Central Park, Manhattan
8/11, 11:45am, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY
8/17, 11:30am, Banningwood Preserve, Lyme, CT
8/18, 11:30am, Belmont Lake State Park, West Babylon, LI
8/18, 11:45am, Nature Study Woods Park, New Rochelle, NY
8/24, 11:30am, Bedford Post Inn, Bedford, NY
8/25, 11:45am, Central Park, Manhattan
8/31, 11:30am, Appalachian Trail, Pawling, NY
For more info and to register for tours: 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:
Sunday, July 7 – Sunnyside
12pm-3pm, Sunnyside Community Services
43-31 39th St, Queens
Saturday, July 13 – East Harlem
12pm-3pm, Uptown Grand Central Plaza*
Underneath MetroNorth Viaduct
125th St and Park Ave, Manhattan
*Outdoor event, rain or shine
Saturday, July 20 – Concourse
12pm-3pm, St. Simeon’s Episcopal Church Outdoor Lot*
1020 Carroll Place, Bronx
*Outdoor event, subject to cancellation with inclement weather. Check website for updates.
Sunday, July 21 – LES Chinatown
11am-4pm, Chinatown ADA Weekend Walk*
Mott Street from Canal to Worth Streets, Manhattan
*Outdoor event, rain or shine
Saturday, July 27 – Hamilton Heights
12-3pm, Hamilton Heights Weekend Walk*
Hamilton Place b/t 142nd & 144th Streets, Manhattan
*Outdoor event, rain or shine
Saturday, August 3 – Prospect Lefferts Gardens
12-3pm, BKLYN Commons – PLG Rooftop*
495 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn
*Outdoor event, check website for updates in case of inclement weather.
CLOTHING SWAP*
Saturday, August 10 – East New York
10am-1pm, East New York Farmers Market**
Schenck Ave b/t New Lots & Livonia Aves, Brooklyn
*Clothing, shoes, belts, hats, and accessories only, please!
**Outdoor event, subject to cancelation with inclement weather. Check website for updates.
Sunday, August 11 – Stapleton
12-3pm, Staten Island MakerSpace Park*
Front Street and Thompson Street, Staten Island
*Outdoor event, subject to cancelation with inclement weather. Check website for updates.
Saturday, August 17 – University Heights
11am-2pm, St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church
2345 University Ave, University Heights, Bronx (entrance on W. Fordham Rd)
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:
7/13, 10am-4pm, 113-43 Farmers Blvd St. Albans, Queens
7/14, 10am-4pm, Queens Botanical Garden, Flushing, Queens
7/20, 10am-4pm, 106-01 Corona Ave, Flushing, Queens
7/21, 10am-4pm, Martin van Buren High School, Queens Village, Queens
7/27, 10am-4pm, East Elmhurst Shopping Center, Queens, NY
August events haven’t been posted yet.
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:
>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.
www1.nyc.gov/assets/dsny/site/services/harmful-products/safe-disposal
@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:
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: www1.nyc.gov/assets/dsny/docs/harmful-products-brochure-06310-f.pdf

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: 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/