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THE BRONX: West Farms/E.174
MANHATTAN: 57/12 Av (NE corner)
QUEENS: Along LIE near Greenpoint Av.
Five Pointz on Jackson Av. by PS1

BROOKLYN: Ingraham/ Morgan (E.Willie)
Berry/S. 4th
Hewes/ S. 4th

"The concept of the Messiah is that we will be able to get to a point that the ego will not be fun any more. The enjoyment that we have from the ego – when we wake up in the morning there is nothing else we look for but the ego. We are worshiping the ego from morning to night. Messiah is the day we will stop worshiping the ego. Doesn’t mean you stop seeing the good in yourself. Also stop beating yourself up, defending yourself for something you did/didn’t do. All day busy with yourself. Bela ha mavet ha netzach – in English, swallow the death forever." -RABBI ELIYAHU JIAN


Freegan Bike Workshop Every Wednesday & Saturday
Learn how to turn found bike parts into working bicycles & build your own bike. For more info call Quinn at (727) 424-2868. Workshops are Wed. from 6-9pm, and Sat. 2-7pm. Media WILL be welcome at the Wed. workshops with appointment, but the Sat. workshops are media-free. At the 123 Community Space in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn at 123 Tompkins, G train to Myrtle-Willoughby.

Lower East Side Ecology Center accepts organic material for composting (fruit and vegetable peelings, cut flowers and similar organic material). LESEC has drop-off bins at the Union Square Greenmarket (Mon, Wed, Fri, & Sat. from 8am-5pm), or drop off at the center on E. 7th St. btwn. Aves. B & C any time through the opening in the gate. For more info The W. 181st St. Beautification Project has compost drop-off at 880 W. 181st St. (Bronx) in the garden.

Computer and Electronics Recycling
Per Scholas is a recycling facility in Hunts Point that allows individuals to drop off residential computer & electronic equipment. They accept equipment Mon. to Fri. 9am-4pm at 1575 Bronx River Ave. in the Bronx. For more information, see

Lower East Side Ecology Center will host e-waste recycling Sat, Jan. 3 from 10am-4pm at Pelham Bay Park South - Middletown Road Parking lot off Stadium Avenue, Bronx; and Sun, Jan. 4 from 10am-4pm at Union Square Park's North Plaza. Also on Sat. Jan. 10 from 10am-4pm on W. 23rd btwn. 6 & 7 Aves; and Sun. Jan. 11 from 10am-4pm at Fulton St. & S. Portland Ave. in Brooklyn. See for more info.

Plastics Recycling at Park Slope Food Co-op
Park Slope Food Co-op accepts many plastics for recycling that are NOT collected by the city. They accept: #1 & # 2 plastics (but NOT bottles, which NYC recycles), #4 plastics, #5 plastic tubs, cups & specifically marked lids and caps (remove any paper labels), plastic film and bags. All plastics must be CLEAN AND DRY. They accept these recyclables every month on the 2nd Sat, 10am-2pm; the 3rd Thurs, 7pm-9pm; & the last Sun, 10am-2pm. The co-op is at 782 Union St. (btwn. 6th & 7th Aves.) in Park Slope, Brooklyn. For details, see:

Weekly Bike Repair Workshops by Times Up
continuing in the basement of ABC No Rio, at 156 Rivington St. in the Lower East Side. for more info.

Women + Trans Bicycle Repair Night: Every Mon, 6:30pm. No previous experience required.
Bike Repair Workshops: Every Tuesday, 6:30pm. Come learn how to fix bikes, do simple maintenance and tune-ups at the bike mechanic skill share.
Fix Your Bike Workshop: Every Thursday, 6:30pm. Share skills and fix up your own bike.

Textile Recycling at Second Chance Saturdays; Material Mondays
Of course, the best thing to do with clothes and other textiles is to reuse them! BUT, if you have scraps and rags that can’t be used even one more time, there is textile recycling every Saturday, 8am-4pm at the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket in Brooklyn, and every Monday, 8am-6pm at the Union Square Greenmarket. Sponsored by Goodwill; they also take usable clothes.

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 ABC No Rio, 156 Rivington St. btwn. Clinton & Suffolk beginning at 1pm. More info: or (212) 254-3697 ext.395

Brooklyn Food Not Bombs prepares food from12-3pm on Saturdays at the 123 Community Space (in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn at 123 Tompkins, G train to Myrtle-Willoughby) and serves at 3pm just outside of Von King/Tompkins Park (NW corner of Lafayette Ave. & Marcy Ave.). More info:

Bushwick Food Not Bombs prepares food Thursdays at 9am at Surreal Estate - 1st floor of 15 Thames St, 2 blocks from the Morgan L train stop between Morgan Ave & Bogart; and serves food Thursdays at noon at Bushwick Park on Knickerbocker Ave between Starr St & Suydam St. For more info email or call (972) 743-5669.

Grub Community Building Meal
1st & 3rd Sunday of every month. A mostly freegan dinner for strangers and co-conspirators in a relaxed environment. There is no charge but donations are requested. At Rubulad, 338 Flushing Ave. (btwn. Classon & Taaffe) in Brooklyn. Doors at 6:30pm; dinner around