- Jan 5, 2009
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Take what you want. Take what you need There is plenty to go around Everything is free.
By George Meteshy
Whole Earth Catalog
FREE VEGETABLES Hunt's Point Market. Hunt's Point Avenue and 138th Street. Have to go by car or truck between 6-9 A.M. but well, worth it. You can get enough vegetables to last your commune a week. Lettuce, squash, carrots, cantaloupe, grapefruit, melons, even artichokes and mushrooms. Just tell them you want to feed some people free and it's yours, all crated and everything. Hunt's Point is the free people's heaven.
FREE MEAT AND POULTRY The closest slaughterhouse area is in the far West Village, west of Hudson Street and south of 14th Street. Get a letter from Rev. Allen of St. Mark's on the Bowerie. Second Avenue and 10th Street, saying.you heed some meat for a church sponsored meal. If you want to be really professional, dress as a priest and go over and ask. Bring a car or truck. A freezer unit will save a good deal of running around. Don't give up on this one. Turning a guy onto the free idea will net you a week's supply of top quality meat. There is some law that if the meat touches the ground or floor they have to give it away. So if you know how to trip a meat truck, by all means ... .
FREE FRESH FISH The Fish Market is located on Fulton Street and South Street under the East River Drive overpass. You have to get there between 6 - 9 A.M. but it is well worth it. The fishermen always have hundreds of pounds of fish that they have to throw away if they don't sell. Mackerel, halibut, cod, catfish, and more. You can have as much as you can cart away.
FREE BREAD AND ROLLS Rapaports on Second Avenue between 5th and 6th Streets will give you all the free broad and rolls you can carry. You have to .get there by 7:00 A.M. in order to get the stuff. It's a day old, but still very good. If you want them absolutely fresh, put them in an oven to which you -have added a pan of water (to avoid drying them out), and warm them for a few minutes. Most bakeries will give you day old stuff if you give them a half way decent sob story.
ASP stores. Clean their **ge"tauie ;>ins "very day at 9:00 A.M. They always throw out cartons of very good vegetables. Tell them you want to feed your rabbits. Also recommended is picking up food in a supermarket and eating it before you leave the store. This method is a lot safer than the customary shoplifting. In order to be prosecuted for shoplifting you have to leave the store with the goods. If you have eaten it. there is no evidence to be used against you.
FREE COOKING LESSONS (Plus you get to eat the meal) are sponsored by the New York Department of Markets. 137 Centre Street Thursday mornings. Call CA 6-5653 for more information.
Check the Yellow Pages for Catering Services. You can visit them on a Saturday. Sunday afternoon or Monday morning. They always have stuff left over. Invest 10c in one of the Jewish Dailies and check out the' addresses of the local synagogues and their schedule of bar mitz-vahs, weddings, and testimonial dinners Show up at the back of the place about three hours after it is scheduled to start. There is always left-over food. Tell them you're a college student and want to bring some.back for your fraternity brothers, Jews dig the college bullshit. If you want the food served to you out front you naturally have to disguise yourself to look straight. Remarks such as "I'm Marvin's brother"' or learning the bride's name from the "paper " Gee. Dorothy looks marvelous" are great/Lines like 'Betty doesn't look pregnant" are frowned upon .
Large East Side bars are fantastically easy touches. The best tifne is 5-00-P.M Take a half empty glass of booze from an empty table and use it as a prop. Just walk around sampling the hors d'oeuvres. Once you find your favorite, stick to it. You can soon become a regular. They won't mind your loading up on free food because they consider you one of. the crowd. Little do they realize that you are a super freeloader. All Longchamps are good. Max's; Kansas City at Park Avenue South and 16th Street doesn't even mind it if you freeload when you are hungry and an advantage here is that you can wear any kind of clothes. Max features fried chicken wings, Swedish meatballs and ravioli.
THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS is located at 26 Second Avenue. Every morning at 7:00 A.M. a delicious cereal breakfast is served free along with chanting and dancing. Also 12 Noon more food and chanting and on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:00 P.M. again food and chanting. Then it's all day Sunday in Central-Park Sheepmeadow (generally) for still more chanting (sans food). Hari Krishna is the freest high going if you can get into it and dig cereal and, of course, more chanting.
FREE TEA AND COOKIES In a very nice setting at the Tea Center, 16 East 56th Street. 10-11 A.M. and 2-4 P.M. Monday to Friday.
THE 'CATHOLIC WORKER 181 Chrystie Street, will feed you any time but you have to pray as you do in the various Salvation Army stations. Heavy wino scenes. The heaviest wino scene is the Men's Temporary Shelter on 8 East 3rd Street. You can get free room and / or meals here if you are over 21 but it's worse than jail or Bel-levue. It is a definite last resort only. The freest meal of all is Tuesdays at 5:00 P.M. inside or in front of St. Mark's Church on the Bowerie, Second Avenue at 10th Street. A few yippie-diggers serve up a meal ranging from Lion Meat to Guppy Chowder to Canteloupe Salad. They are currently looking for a free truck to help them collect the food and free souls dedicated to extending the free food concept. The ************s also dish out free food on St Mark's Place from time to time.
FREE SUBWAY RIDES Get a dark green card and flash it quickly as you go through the exit gate. Always test the swing bars in the turnstile before you put in the token. Someone during the day was sure to drop an extra token in and a free turn is just waiting for the first one to take advantage of it. By far the most creative method is the use of German fennigs. Danish ore or Mozambique 10 centavos pieces. These fit most turnstiles except the newest (carry a real token to use-in case the freebee doesn't work). These foreign coins come four or five to a penny. Large amounts must be purchased outside New York City. Most dealers will not sell you large amounts since the Transit Authority has been pressuring them. Try telling dealers you want them to make jewelry. Another interesting coin is the 5 aurar from Iceland. This is the same size as a quarter and will work in most vending machines. They sell for three or four to the penny. There are other coins that also work. Buy a bag of assorted foreign coins from a coin dealer and do a little measuring. You are sure to find some that fit the bill. Speaking of fitting the bill, we have heard that dollar bills can be duplicated on any Xerox machine (fronts done separately from backs and pasted together) and used in vending machines that give change for a dollar. This method has not been field tested. If you really want to live for free; get some friends tn. getter and seize a building at Columbia University, 1,16th Street and Broadway. The cops come free, as do blue ribbon committees with funny long names-
FREE BUFFALO In order to keep the herds at a controllable level the government will give you a real, live buffalo if you can guarantee shipping expenses and adequate grazing area. Write to the- Office of Information; Department of the Interior, Washington. D.C.
MEDICAID Medicaid Center, 330 West Street, 594-3050. -.Medicaid is a very good deal if you can qualify and can stand a little red tape. According to the new law you have to be under 21'or over 65 years of age and have a low income ($2900 or less if you are single) to qualify. It takes about a month to process your application, but if you get a card you are entitled to free hospital and dental services, private physicians, 'drugs and many other medical advantages.
AMBULANCE SERVICE Call 440-1234. You get a cop free of. charge with this service. If you are really - looking for class, pick up a copy of the New York limes and check the box in the back pages designating ocean cruises. On every departure there is a bon voyage party. Just walk on a few hours before sailing time and start swinging. Champagne, caviar, lobster salad, all as free as the open sea. If you get stoned enough and miss getting off you can also wiggle a free boat ride although you get sent back as soon as you hit the other side but it's a free ocean cruise, even if it's in the brig.
You can get free food in varying quantities bv going to the factories. Many also offer a free tour. However, the plants are generally located outside of Manhattan. If you can get a car. try a trip to Long Island City. There you will find the Gordon Baking Company at 42-25 2.1st Street, Pepsi-Cola at 4602 Fifth Avenue, Borden Company at 35-10. Steinway Street and Dannon Yogurt at 2211 38th Avenue. All four places give out free samples and if you write or call in advance and say it is for a block party or church affair, they will give you a few cases.
FREE BOOZE Jacob Ruppert Brewery at 1639 Third Avenue near 91st Street will give you a tour at 10:30 A.M. and 2:30 P.M. complete with free booze in their tap room.
Ole Sun is free. Hair is freee. Naked bodies are free. Smiles are free. Rain is free. Unfortunately there is no free air in New York. Con Edison's phone' number is 679-6700.
WELFARE If you live in lower Manhattan the welfare center for you is iocated on 11 West 13th Street. 989-1210. There is. of course, red tape involved and they don't dig longhairs. Be prepared to tell a good story as to why vou cannot work, however your looks (which they cannot make you change) might be good enough reason. This is one place where sloppy clothes pay ott. You have to be over 18 to get help. A caseworker will be assigned to you. Some will actually dig the whole scene and won't give you a hard time, others can be a real bitch. Getting on welfare can get you free rent, phone, utilities, and about $20.00 a week to live on. There are also various food stamp and medical programs you become eligible for. If you can stomach hassle, welfare is a must. The main office number is 01 4-8700 if you do not live in lower Manhattan.
FREE CLOTHES Try ESSO, 341 East 10th Street or Tomp-. kins Square Community Center on Avenue B and 9th Street. Also the streets are excellent places to pick up good clothes (see section on free furniture for best times to go hunting).
FREE LAWYERS Legal Aid Society, 100 Centre Street, BE 3-0250 (criminal matters) and the New York University Law Center Office, 249 Sullivan Street. GR 3-1896 (civil matters). Also for specialized cases and information you can call the National Lawyers Guild, 5 Beekman Street, 227-1078 or the New York Civil Liberties Union, 156 Fifth Avenue, WA 9-6076. For the best help on the Lower East Side use Mobilization for Youth Legal Services, 320 East 3rd Street between Avenues C and D, OR 7-0400, ask for legal services. Open Tuesday to Friday, 9 A.M. to 6 P.M.. and until 8 P.M. on Mondays. Some of the best lawyers in the city available here.
FREE FLOWERS At about 9:30 A.M. each day you can bum free flowers in the Flower District on Sixth Avenue between 22nd and 23rd Streets. Once in a while you can find a potted tree that's been thrown out because it's slightly damaged.
FREE FURNITURE By far the best place to get free furniture is on the street. Once a week in every district the sanitation department makes bulk pick-ups. The night before residents put out all kinds of stuff on the street. For the best selection try the West Village on Monday nights and the east Seventies on Tuesday nights. On Wedensday night there are fantastic pick-ups on 35th Street in back of Macy's. Move quickly though, the guards get pissed off easily; the truckers couldn't care less. This street method can furnish your whole pad. Beds, desks, bureaus, lamps, bookcases, chairs, and tables. It's all a matter of transportation, if you don't have access to a car or truck it is almost worth it to rent a station wagon on a weekday and make pick-ups. Alexander's Rent-a-Car is about the cheapest for in-city use. $5.95 and 10c a mile for a regular car. A station wagon is slightly more. Call AG 9-2200 for the branch; near you. Also consider demolition and construction sites as a good source for building materials to construct furniture. The large wooden cable spools make great tables. Cinder-blocks, bricks and boards for bookcases. Doors for tables. Nail kegs for stools and chairs...