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by Joann Jovinelly (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer/photographer living in the East Village neighborhood of New York City.
Published November 15th 2010
Before you throw out your old working toaster for a spiffy new model, consider donating it to the Brooklyn Free Store, the brainchild of the organization, A New World In Our Hearts.

Founded in 2005, New World is an activist collective that strives to reach members of the community in need, offering free meals twice each month (first and third Sundays at 7PM), free film screenings (Thursday nights at 8PM), and since July, the Brooklyn Free Store. The idea with the free store is that people can come and drop off donated goods and then take something home that they might need, sort of an alternative to the American culture of constant buying. Even the food for the twice-monthly "Grub" meetings is donated or salvaged from area restaurants, grocery stores, bakeries, and other businesses. (Most meals are vegan/vegetarian.)

The anti-capitalist idea of a free store dates at least back to the 1960s, with groups such as the Diggers, a radical theatrical group based in San Francisco. In 1967 there was a free store on the Lower East Side, visited and advocated by none other than the late Abbie Hoffman, poster child of the Yippee Movement.

Hey, haven't you heard? Working together is the New World Order. At last, as the radical ideas of the 1960s converge with today's DIY movement, the push for "greener," more responsible lifestyles, citizen activism, and access to unbelievable technology, it is possible to create an alternative to the unsustainably of mega-consumerism.
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Why? Because the best things in life are free.
When: Anytime
Where: 222 Walworth St. (Between Dekalb & Willoughby Avenues) Brooklyn
Cost: Free
Interesting article. There's also a web-based organisation called

Freecycle members offer unwanted items to fellow members. Freecycle's goal is to limit the amount of objects being thrown away into landfill sites. I've been lucky enough to receive a Habitat sofa among other free items via Freecycle. I think Freecycle is a global organisation, so check via their website to find out if they're active in your area.
By louis163 - reader
Friday, 7th of January @ 12:35 pm
Sadly, the Brooklyn Free Store is no more since it was recently destroyed by fire.
By Joann Jovinelly - senior writer
Thursday, 31st of March @ 05:26 pm
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