You might think airplane seats make a bad couch, but for 10% off, you could be persuaded otherwise. via Build It Green!NYC Facebook
Hey guys, getting your hockey gear ready for all sorts of elbows you’ll have to dodge at the annual Black Friday insanity? Why? Not only is that $20 Blu-ray player not worth crippling someone for, it doesn’t even make for an interesting gift. Instead, why don’t you enjoy the much more relaxed shopping experiences offered by Green Friday, which is a confluence of deals offered by thrift and secondhand stores around the city on the same day as Black Friday? (more…)
Get the space pod you’ve always wanted, for 25% off this Saturday. via Facebook
Do you know what this Saturday is, aside from a blessed relief from the crushing workweek? Apparently it’s National Thrift Store Day, because there just weren’t enough holidays to celebrate wearing grandma’s sweaters before this. Not ones to be left out of the fun, ReuseNYC, the recycling promoting offshoot of the Sanitation Department, partnered with thrift stores and recycling-promoting stores around the city to get them to offer deals on already cheap stuff. Sounds like someone’s got more money for brunch now! (more…)
Happy little electronics on the wall of the warehouse. Photos by Tim Donnelly.
I recently found my old Nintendo 64 back in my possession after my mother finally vacated our house in New Jersey and forced me to reclaim all my old crap I stockpiled as a kid. But there were no controllers, which means my desire to eradicate my friends with green turtle shells in MarioKart was thwarted! Since this is not exactly 1999, you can’t just roll down to your neighborhood Toys R Us and pick one up. The options were: 1) buying a new, pricey but off-brand one out of one of those dicey little used game shops near Fulton Mall; or 2) buy one on Ebay for a better price of $15-25, though you never quite know how much the previous owner’s jam hands have gunked up the joystick.
That’s when someone told me about the Lower East Side’s Ecology Center E-waste warehouse in Gowanus. I originally pictured a mountain of old wires and broken keyboards; instead, it’s more like a cross between the robot junkyard of Wall-E and an outdated Best Buy. The space is filled with an almost museum-like mix of technology from the past 20 years, from computers to Apple TVs, a lot of which is still perfectly usable and totally cheap. The idea here isn’t to make money; it’s to get as much life out of this stuff as posible. Here are some treasures you’ll find inside: (more…)
They really are in our future, promise. via Facebook
OK, so obviously it feels like a cruel joke to talk about something like gardening today. It fucking snowed yesterday and we’re all feeling the impulse to give in to feelings about the death of all things and a lack of love blooming with the spring. Or maybe that’s just us. But! Take heed and buck up, because the vernal equinox is tomorrow, and that, unbelievably means the official start of Spring. And that, ladies and gentlemen, means we need to get pretty flowers planted if we want to look at anything nice this summer. And we’re here to point you in the direction of where people can use some help planting. (more…)
The photo we run with every e-waste recycling story, courtesy of Lower East Side Ecology Center.
We know that applying for a job is probably the last thing on your mind this action-packed summer Friday night, but this is a good opportunity for you green techie types. The Lower East Side Ecology Center is looking for someone to figure out what to do with all those tube TVs and VHS players that get dumped daily at the newish Gowanus e-waste recycling center. Official responsibilities for the reuse coordinator: (more…)
Good news, keepers of geriatric laptops, fax machines and cell phones — there’s going to be a permanent e-waste dropoff spot in Gowanus, thanks to the Lower East Side Ecology Center, those great people who have been doing roving events around Brooklyn. You may have thought that the Gowanus was already an e-waste dropoff spot (dada ching!) but starting Jan. 31, you’ll be able to bring your unwanted electronics to a new warehouse at 469 President St. at Nevins, Mondays through Saturdays. Full hours here, and full list of recyclables here. There’s also a launch par-tay at the warehouse on Sat. Feb. 4 from noon to 4 where you can enjoy refreshments while finding what becomes of your orphaned Razr phone and 56K modems.
One of our favorite spring rituals is piling up e-crap like our rotary cell phones and the Mac laptop that’s been dead since we tried to millennium-proof it 12 years ago. Then we put it in the corner until… next spring. This year IS GOING TO BE DIFFERENT, we tell you, because GrowNYC is just out with their spring electronics recycling dates in Brooklyn, and they include Park Slope this Saturday (March 26), Clinton Hill, Dyker Heights, Gravesend and Cobble Hill. They’ll take computers, stereo components, TVs, phones, and more (full list here) and it’s tax deductible. So bye bye, Fire Wire, whatever you are. BTW, anyone have a better deal for printer-ink cartridges than Staples?