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Freegan Events in New York

February 2020
Freegan Events in New York


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Saturday, February 15th • Make and Create – Reusable Shopping Bags
At this free and freegan arts and crafts workshop, we will celebrate New York’s upcoming single use plastic bag ban by creating our own reusable bags out of recycled materials! Possible crafts include recycled t-shirt bags, other cloth bags, fused plastic bags, umbrella bags, juice pouch bags, and whatever you can come up with. We will provide materials and will share skills, but if you have your own t-shirt, plastic bags, juice pouches, or other materials to bring, please do!
When & Where?  Noon to 4pm in the Assembly Hall at Judson Memorial Church (239 Thompson Street, Manhattan).

Thursday, February 27th • 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 first floor cafe of the HI New York City Hostel, 891 Amsterdam Ave. (at 104th Street) in Manhattan. For the Freeganism 101 and trash tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.


Friday, February 28th • 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 the HI New York City Hostel, 891 Amsterdam Ave. (at 104th Street) in Manhattan. Please RSVP (at least a day ahead) to Janet at (347) 724-6954 so we know how many people to expect. We’ll meet at 5:30pm to begin cooking and preparation.

Monday, March 9th • 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 inside Whole Foods Market in the upstairs eating/seating area at 95 East Houston Street (between Bowery & Chrystie) in Manhattan. For the Freeganism 101 and trash tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.

Saturday, March 21st • Freegan event TBD
When & Where?  Noon to 4pm in the Assembly Hall at Judson Memorial Church (239 Thompson Street, Manhattan).

Thursday, March 26th • 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 upstairs seating area of Cafe 28, 245 5th Ave. at 28th Street in Manhattan. For the Freeganism 101 and trash tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.

Friday, March 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 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.


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
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.

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 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:
2/29, 11:45am, Central Park at W 72nd St, Manhattan
3/1, 11:45am, Prospect Park, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
3/7, 10am, Saxon Woods, White Plains
3/8, 11:45am, Marine Park, Brooklyn
3/8, 11:45am, Harbor Island Park, Mamaroneck, Westchester
3/14, 10am, Croton Aqueduct, Ossining, Westchester
3/14, 11:45am, Prospect Park, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
3/15, 11:45am, Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan
3/21, 12noon, Morningside Park, Manhattan
3/22, 11:45am, Central Park at W 103rd St, Manhattan
3/22, 11:45am, Sheldrake Lake, Larchmont, Westchester
3/28, 11:45am, Forest Park, Kew Gardens, Queens
3/29, 11:45am, Prospect Park, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
Get more info and register for tours at 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.
Sunday, February 23 – West Village Clothing Swap
Clothing, shoes, belts, hats, and accessories only, please!
In partnership with ReFashion Week NYC
12pm-3pm, The Church of the Village, B level Gym, 201 W 13th St, Manhattan
Saturday, March 7 – East Flatbush
12-3pm, PS 269, CAMBA, 1957 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn
Saturday, March 14 – Little Neck
12pm-3pm, Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Queens

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 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, 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
The bins for drop-off of organics (food waste but not animal products) are placed at the entrance to the UCC Youth Farm at 613 New Lots Ave. in Brooklyn and remain in place Monday through Friday from 9am until 5pm.
INFO: https://ucceny.org/enyf-old/compost/

Computer and Electronics Recycling
Lower East Side Ecology Center does not have any e-waste events on the February or March calendar, but 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:
2020 SAFE (Solvents, Automotive, Flammables & Electronics) Disposal Events: 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/greenmarket