Upcoming Events

Join WhyHunger and GrowNYC to celebrate International Women’s Day and the launch of WhyHunger’s newest publication, Through Her Eyes: The Struggle for Food Sovereignty. Featuring a series of dialogues between women organizers, farmers and farmworkers, Through Her Eyes lifts up the stories of 13 incredible women from the U.S. and the Global South who are fighting for food sovereignty in the face of industrial agriculture and bringing just and sustainable food to their communities. This event will feature a panel of women from the publication moderated by Karen Washington.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. Space is limited so please register below.

When: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from 6 - 8 PM
Location: GrowNYC's Project Farmhouse, 76 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003. At the corner of 13th St and 4th Ave, two blocks away from the 14th Street - Union Square Station.

MAPLE FEST at the Union Square Greenmarket, hosted by EscapeMaker
Friday, March 17th

Free samples, live music, maple samples, maple flavored products and more! Sample maple syrup, maple candies, maple yogurt, and witness maple tree tapping demos from maple producers like Deep Mountain Maple Roxbury Mountain MapleConsider Bardwell Farm Ronnybrook Farm Dairy and more!

Plus, pick up free info from our local travel getaway partner agritourism destinations like Sullivan CatskillsAmtrakVermont TourismWestchester County Tourism, NYDutchess Tourism, Inc.Ithaca is Gorges (Ithaca & Tompkins County Tourism), and more!

Saturday, April 29
11 am - 5 pm
GrowNYC's Project Farmhouse
76 East 13th Street (Manhattan)
NY, NY 10003

ribbon cutting
hands-on demos

See you there!

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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.

Please do NOT bring: furniture, large items, tube televisions, expired or open food, unsealed personal care products, medicine, dirty or ripped clothing, fabric scraps, incomplete toys and games, non-working electronics, magazines, or sharp objects.

For everyone's safety and enjoyment, we ask all attendees to abide by the following Code of Conduct at Stop 'N' Swap®.  


Saturday, March 11 - Manhattan
12pm-3pm, Harlem Children's Zone Westside Community Center
At St. Nicholas Houses (map) (flier

245 West 129th St, Central Harlem

Sunday, March 12 - Staten Island
12pm-3pm, Staten Island South Shore YMCA (map) (flier
3939 Richmond Ave, Eltingville

Saturday, March 18 - Brooklyn
12pm-3pm, Bushwick-Hylan Community Center (map) (flier
50 Humboldt St, Bushwick/Williamsburg

Saturday, May 20 - Queens
12pm-3pm, PS 32 Schoolyard* (map) (flier
171-11 35th Ave, Flushing
*Outdoor event, event will be moved indoors with inclement weather

Sunday, May 21 - Queens
11am-2pm*, Central Queens YM-YWHA Outdoor Lot (map) (flier
108th St b/t 68 Ave & 68 Rd, Forest Hills
*In the event of rain, the event will take place at the Central Queens YM-YWHA
at 67-09 109th St from 11am-1:30pm

Saturday, June 4 - Brooklyn
12pm-3pm, Old Stone House* (map) (flier
4th St at 5th Ave, Park Slope
In partnership with Park Slope Parents
*Outdoor event, subject to cancellation with inclement weather. Check website for updates.

Attend future Swaps by signing up for monthly Recycling e-Alerts and be the first to hear about the next Stop 'N' Swap.

Volunteer at a Stop 'N' Swap through the GrowNYC volunteer page

Host a Stop 'N' Swap in your community! If you know of a large, indoor, handicapped accesible space let us know! Email recycle@grownyc.org or call 212-788-7900

Stop 'N Swap from GrowNYC on Vimeo.
Stop 'N' Swap on NY1

Check out photos from our Winter 2011 Stop 'N' Swap series



What is a Stop ‘N’ Swap?
It’s a free event where people can find new homes for unwanted items (like clothes, books, shoes, toys, housewares) or take items they can use.  You don’t need to bring something to take something! 

How does it work?
Simply drop any items at our "drop-off" table.  We'll weigh them, sort them, and put them out on our display tables. Items on the display tables are free on a first come, first served basis.  

Why does GrowNYC host Stop ‘N’ Swap?
Stop ‘N’ Swap is one way we pursue our mission to reduce waste and promote reuse in NYC.  By participating in community swaps, New Yorkers simultaneously reduce their contribution to landfills and prevent the waste that comes from the production, packaging and transportation required to get new things. It's also an opportunity to engage with NYC communities about recycling resources in their neighborhood and the services of GrowNYC's zero waste programs funded by the NYC Department of Sanitation.  Our goal is hold a swap in every community district in NYC every year, so that we can give everyone in the city an opportunity to reduce and reuse right where they live!

What should I bring to the Stop 'N' Swap?
Bring yourself! Bring family and friends. Definitely bring a tote bag or two for items you want to take home.

You are encouraged to bring clean, working and portable items you no longer need, but this is not required.

What shouldn't I bring to the Stop 'N' Swap?
Please do not bring furniture or other large items that cannot be carried away easily.

See our Code of Conduct for a full list of items we do not Swap.  

How much does it cost to attend?
Swaps are free of charge and all items are available for the taking on a first come, first served basis.

Can I come to every single swap?
You may attend up to 6 swaps per calendar year. Feel free to ask us at any Swap how many more you're able to attend.

How come I am limited to attending six swaps annually?
Swaps are popular! We want to make sure that everyone has a chance to experience a Stop ‘N’ Swap in a safe and comfortable environment.

If I can only come to 6 swaps, and not all the swaps are up on the calendar at once, how do I plan which ones to go to?
Our goal is to have one swap for each of the City’s 59 community districts, so New Yorkers can reduce and reuse right where they live! We encourage you to attend the Stop ‘N’ Swap nearest you first and foremost, but we will also do our best to post Swaps online as soon as they are scheduled so that you may decide which other Swaps around the city you wish to attend.

Will I have to wait for people to take my items?
No. Your items will be sorted and placed out after you drop them off for others to take. You are free to pick up items that you can use. There is no exchange based on how much or how little you bring, or the relative expense of the items.  *Please bring giveaways no later than an hour before the end of the event to ensure time for them to find new homes.*

Will someone watch my stuff?
No. We are not responsible for personal property.  Please do not leave your coat, bag or other items unattended. When leaving donations at the intake table, please be sure to hand us only that which you are giving away.     

Can I drop items off before the event?
No. Items are only accepted during the event. We encourage you to drop off near the start to better ensure your items find a new home.

What happens to items leftover after the event?
Anything left at the end of the day will be sorted and recycled or donated for reuse as much as possible.

Can someone pick up my donations from my apartment?
Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate this request.

How can I find new homes for large items or things I forgot to bring to the Stop 'N' Swap?
Try resources like Freecycle.org or Craigslist for miscellaneous items. You can also search a list of local charities at DonateNYC.

"Stop 'N' Swap" is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Dr. Kathleen Merrigan visits GrowNYC's Project Farmhouse to discuss the evolution of food law and policy. 

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