Comprehensive List of Everything That Ever Was, and Is: A Radical Resource Guide to NYC

October 6, 2006 at 6:07 pm 1 comment

Comprehensive List of Everything That Ever Was, and Is:

Art and Music

ABC No Rio

One of the last few active signifiers of the radical roots of the LES…you know, before that hotel up on Ludlow went up. But it’s best not to romanticize the past or to get into the discussion of the causes of gentrification (or to talk about gentrification and the LES. Ever. Again). But anyway, a space that has a computer lab, a ‘zine library, a darkroom and a silk-screening lab. Hosts punk shows, poetry readings, and art exhibitions. Is the space out of which Books Through Bars and Food Not Bombs operates.

156 Rivington St. between Suffolk and Clinton Streets (After a 26 year battle with the city ABC finally acquired the rights to the building this year.)

Anthology Film Archives

Anthology Film Archives is an international center for the preservation, study, and exhibition of film and video with a particular focus on American independent and avant-garde cinema and its precursors found in classic European, Soviet and Japanese film.

32 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10003 USA
Telephone: (212) 505-5181
Fax: (212) 477-2714

Art for Change

Based in El Barrio of East Harlem, Art for Change engages individuals and communities in the production of art programs and performances creating a forum for information exchange while inspiring reflection, discussion, and action, resulting in social change.

The AfC office is located at:

Art for Change

131 East 101st, Suite #1

New York, NY 10029

Tel: 212.348.7044


The Brecht Forum

The Brecht Forum offers a wide-ranging program of classes, public lectures and seminars, art exhibitions, performances, popular education workshops, and language classes.

451 West Street

(212) 242-4201

Carlitos Café y Galería

1701 Lexington Ave (bet 106-107st)

New York, NY 10029

tel: 212.534.7168

The Empty Vessel Project

A Salvaged WWII rescue boat in the Gowanus canal! Hosts work parties, movie nights, seminars, concerts, dinners, and workshops.


“The DUMBA Queer Performing Arts collective, is the oldest and largest live in non-profit arts collective in the Brooklyn NY, solely devoted to the contemporary art practices of the queer community”. Typical events include contemporary art exhibitions, live music shows, performance art, benefit dinners, movie screenings, political/activist meetings etc.

57 Jay Street, Brooklyn

718 858 4886

Rooftop Films

Rooftop Films is a non-profit film festival and production collective that supports, creates, promotes, and shows daring short films worldwide and in a weekly summer rooftop film festival. Rooftop Films is more than a film festival; above all, we are a community. We are a collective collaboration between filmmakers and festivals, between audience members and artists, between venues and neighborhoods. Our goal is to create a vibrant independent filmmaking community that bridges cultural boundaries. At Rooftop Films, we bring the underground outdoors.
232 Third Street, Studio E103

Brooklyn, NY 11215

(718) 417-7362

New Mindspace

Newmindspace is interactive public art, creative cultural interventions and urban bliss dissemination based in New York and Toronto. We also organize custom events.


Nuyorican Poets Cafe

The mission of the Cafe is to create a multi-cultural venue that both nurtures artists and exhibits a variety of artistic works. Without limitation, we are dedicated to providing a stage for the arts with access for the widest public. The Cafe's purpose has always been to provide a stage for the artists traditionally under-represented in the mainstream media and culture; promoting their work while building an audience and providing an ongoing support system for them as they grow. Our organization provides cultural programming to the whole of our community.
236 East 3rd Street

 New York, NY 10009

The Living Theater
“To call into question, who we are to each other, in the social environment of the theater… To move from the theater to the street.” 

and from the street to the theater.” Hosts performances, theater workshops.
Toyshop Collective
“Artists transforming the physical and social structure of their environment.” The art collective Swoon is associated with.

Visual Resistance

‘We aim to explore the spaces where art and activism interact and help develop a visual language for political action.’ Most recently, the group organized a benefit gallery show for Daniel McGowan. I think they are also responsible for the ghost bike memorials put up for fallen cyclists as well.

Nonsense List

‘A discriminating resource for independent art, weird events, strange happenings, unique parties, and senseless culture in New York City.’

Bikes –

Black Label Bike Club

Not scotch, tall bikes.


Times Up!

A self-described “not-for-profit New York City-based direct-action environmental group that uses events and educational programs to promote a more sustainable, less toxic city.” Really, its primary focus is bicycling (got sued by the city for promoting Critical Mass, nonetheless). Check the website or stop by their space to pick up a calendar for a comprehensive list of events (rides, bike maintenance nights, movie screenings, parties, barbeques, etc).

49 E. Houston St., between Mott and Mulberry (though this maybe changing in the near future as the building may or may not be going up on the housing market).

Critical Mass


Last Friday of every month

Union Sq North, 7pm

(for the saga that has been the Manhattan Critical Mass after the RNC, read the back entries of


Second Friday of every month. 7pm.

Has two meeting places: Grand Army Plaza and the Brooklyn Side of the Williamsburg Bridge

NY Bike Messenger Association. The website is a great resourse for anyone riding a bike in nyc.

Good internet resource of bike happenings in NYC.

Recycle A Bicycle

an innovative, fun youth training and environmental education initiative that has taken root in New York City public schools and respected after-school youth programs.” They also run two shops that sell used bikes, and have basic mechanic training in their DUMBO location.

DUMBO (Main Office): 718-858-2972; 55 Washington Street, Brooklyn.

East Village: 212-475-1655; 75 Avenue C.

Transportation Alternatives

Has been round since 1973, working to encourage ‘bicycling, walking and public transit as alternatives to automobile use, and reduce automobile use and its attendant environmental and social harms.’ The website is a great resource within itself, including maps, crash statistics, cycling tips, bridge tips and bike shop listings.


127 West 26th Street, Suite 1002.

Books –

Bluestockings Books

An incredibly well organized and staffed (regular hours! What?!) radical bookstore (with a strong feminist lean) & cafe. Hosts events (mostly readings and discussions) almost every single day. Check website or stop by the store for a full list.

172 Allen Street between Stanton and Rivington

MayDay Books

An anarchist bookshop (I think the only one in NYC that identifies as being explicitly anarchist) that rose out of the ashes of Blackout Books. Overall, I find it to be a bit cheaper than Bluestockings but also; less organized (you’ll have more luck stopping by in the afternoon).

155 1st Ave. Located in the Theater for the New City (which created a weird, and often tense dynamic when I volunteered here a while ago, and is probably still a problem. By the way, volunteering here or at Bluestockings is a great way to meet likeminded people, if you are just getting into the city).

Housing Works Books

New and used books and volunteer café. Has a small music section as well. Proceeds go towards housing and medical services for those living with HIV.

126 Crosby Street

Vox Pop

Vox Pop is a coffee-house, a bookstore and a publishing company.’ Often hosts events as well (event listing available at the store and on the website). Apparently, there is a nice selection of microbrews on tap? ($14 Pitchers, $12 64 oz. (!) Growlers to Go)

1022 Cortelyou Rd.

718 940 2084

Education –

Brooklyn Free School

Radical free school with a curriculum put together by the students. No grades or tests.

(917) 715-7157

City Lore

City Lore was founded in 1986 to produce programs and publications that convey the richness of New York City‘s cultural heritage. Increasingly our many efforts embrace national audiences as well. (

The New Space

The New School for Pluralistic Anti-Capitalist Education (New SPACE) is a new anti-capitalist educational project dedicated to developing and advancing ideas for liberatory social change. Together with the new movements for global justice, we believe that “another world is possible” — a world free from the domination of capital and free for the flowering of human powers and talents.

1 (800) 377-6183

The New SPACE, P.O. Box 19,

Planetarium Station, NY 10024


A collective of radical educators. Has open events about the militarization, standardized testing in NYC public schools and the criminalization of youth.

Libertad School Collective

“an autonomous group of revolutionary dreamers striving to create social change through educational direct action: artistic projects, film screenings, group projects, shows, skill shares, study groups, workshops, and whatever else inspires us!”!.html

Food –


Freegans are people who employ alternative strategies for living based on limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources. Freegans embrace community, generosity, social concern, freedom, cooperation, and sharing in opposition to a society based on materialism, moral apathy, competition, conformity, and greed.

Food Not Bombs

Vegan food in Tompkins Sq. Park,

Friday and Sunday 3.30 pm.

Food is prepared at ABC No Rio after 1pm, Friday and Sunday.


community-building meals, 1st & 3rd Sundays of every month.

hosted by The Toyshop Collective and the In Our Hearts Collective at

338 Flushing, at Classon, Brooklyn

Just Food

“Just Food is a non-profit organization that works to develop a just and sustainable food system in the New York City region.” NYC CSAs.


Gardens and Parks –

More Gardens

‘The More Gardens! Coalition is a group of community people, gardeners, and environmental and social justice activists who promote the development and preservation of community gardens.’ From what I gather, most of their work is done up in the Bronx. Meetings every 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 7 pm

At 376 E162nd Street between Melrose and Courtland

Call 917 518 9987 to confirm

Green Guerillas

Has been around since 1973 and works with communities to create, maintain, and preserve community gardens. With the real estate situation in NYC, I am guessing they are doing much more preserving than creating these days.

214 W. 29th St. 5th Floor
(212) 402-1121

Edith Garden

Free computer classes, workshops and food. Not sure on how active this place remains though. More Gardens would probably know.

836 Elton Ave, the Bronx

LES Park

Compost, greenhouse, grey water system, solar energy area.

1st street and avenue A, Manhattan

Nuevo Cabo Rojo

The 4th reincarnation of the Cabo Rojo garden.

162nd and Cortland avenue, the Bronx

East 6th Street Garden

Has an amazing towering structure made out of wood scraps, children’s toys and other fun stuff.

E 6th and Avenue B, Manhattan.

East 9th Street Garden

Has a pretty fence and beautiful decorations made out of soda cans. Across the street from a shiny police precinct, and in close proximity to C-Squat (which is by definition a co-op actually).

East 9th street and Avenue C

Health Resources

StreetWorks NYC

Food, showers, counseling, needle exchange, medical & legal services for homeless youth (13-24).

33 Essex St between Hester and Grand.


Dispossessed Network

An anarchist collective helping homeless (by choice and otherwise) youth gain access to social services in NYC.

voice box: URBAN NOMAD (872-266-6623)
(Please leave a message and a way to contact you back)

The Door

Provides prenatal care and health education, mental health counseling, legal services, GED, ESL, computer classes, tutoring and homework help, college preparation and computer classes, career development services and training, job placement, daily meals, arts, sports and recreational activities for people ages 12-21.


555 Broome St btwn Varick and 6th

The Icarus Project

An alternative support network for those struggling with bipolar disorder. “We believe that when we learn to take care of ourselves, the intertwined threads of madness and creativity can be tools of inspiration and hope in a repressed and damaged world.” Meeting are held every Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the 6th Street Community Center at 638 6th st between Avenues B and C.

MANY – Medical Activists of New York

Can help with referrals to activist friendly health care professionals in the event of on-going illness or injury. Also I am not sure whether or not ‘activist friendly’ means cheap. They may or may not still be doing street medic training.


New York Council for Nonviolent Communication (

NYC AIDS Housing Network

A membership organization comprised and led by low-income people living with HIV/AIDS working in a unique coalition with nonprofit housing providers and AIDS service organizations.

80A 4th Ave, Brooklyn.


NYC STD Clinics

A list of clinics operated by the Dep’t of Health that do free and confidenitial STD screening.

Planned Parenthood

Brooklyn 44 Court Street (between Remsen and Joralemon Streets)
(FREE pregnancy tests available Tuesday – Friday (except not on the first Wednesday of the month from
1:30 pm onward); Walk-ins welcome for emergency contraception Tuesday – Friday.

Manhattan26 Bleecker Street (at Mott Street)

(FREE pregnancy tests available Tuesday – Saturday, 12:30 – 4 PM (except not on the first Tuesday of the month from 1:30 pm onward); Walk-ins welcome for emergency contraception Monday – Saturday.

Bronx349 East 149th Street at Courtlandt Avenue.

(FREE pregnancy tests available Tuesday – Saturday (except not on the last Wednesday of the month from 8 AM to 1:30 PM); Walk-ins welcome for emergency contraception Monday – Saturday.

Storm NYC

A medical collective that used to offer two hour half and safety trainings for street medics. Not sure if they are still active though.


Yoga For the People

Yoga is meant to help strengthen and stretch your arms and legs, not cost you one!” Sliding scale yoga classes.

12 Saint Marks Place, 2 nd Floor ~ 2-R

917.573.YOGA (9642)

Legal –

People’s Law Collective

An NYC anarchist legal collective. Provides advice and legal support.

CANT TRACK DOWN INFO. Is this still active?

National Lawyers Guild

“Through its members–lawyers, law students, jailhouse lawyers and legal workers united in chapters and committees–the Guild works locally, nationally and internationally as an effective political and social force in the service of the people.” Largest organization of its kind in the US. The website itself is a pretty good resource.

212 679-5100

Prisoner Support –

Books Through Bars

“an all-volunteer project which sends free books and reading material to prisoners nationwide.”

Meets every Sunday from 5:00 to 8:00pm and Tuesday from 7:00 to 9:00 pm

at ABC No Rio, 2nd floor.

Critical Resistance

A nationwide group working against the Prison Industrial Complex.

The NY Chapter holds open Political Education meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Call 718-398-2825 for more info.

National Jericho Movement

A group working towards winning amnesty and freedom for these political prisoners.


Different things you may want to get involved with


Anarchist People of Color, NYC Chapter. Not sure on the activity level, no website, there is a listserv.

Estacion Libre

“Estación Libre was formed January 1, 1998, in recognition of the political importance for People of Color to see and understand the principles and strategies of the Zapatista movement while contributing to international solidarity. Since 1998, Estación Libre has conduced 16 delegations in Chiapas.”

Fur Free NYC


In Our Hearts Collective

Hosts monthly community dinners, dumpster tours, and other events, former organizers of the Brooklyn Free Store (RIP).


NYC branch of the IWW. Mostly focused on the Starbucks campaign currently. There are active meetings every few weeks, contact for more info, or stop by Mayday and ask about it.


MAMA is a grassroots collective of radical mothers and kids. MAMA’s members include working-for-pay mamas, stay at home mamas, mamas of color, poor mamas, mamas looking for work, former teen mamas, mamas that have used government assistance, mamas who unschool, mamas whose kids are in public school, single mamas, queer women, partnered mamas, and girls and women who aren’t mamas.”


New York Metro Alliance of Anarchists. A budding loose network of anarchists in NYC. I think there is a plan for an anarchist bookfair in the works. There are General Assemblies every two months, and more frequently meeting local & working groups as well. – future website of the Brooklyn local.

Queer Fist

Born after during the RNC, the organization tackles a ‘variety of causes, such as police brutality, public space, radical visibility, trans identity, and doin’ it! We also engage social issues around queer sexualities and queer genders seeking to undermine the assimilation of the LGBT community into conservative consumerist culture.’ (the website seems pretty inactive)

Workers Solidarity Alliance

Syndicalist Group. “Workers Solidarity Alliance is an anti-capitalist, anti-authoritarian organization of activists who believe that working people can build a new society and a better world based on the principles of solidarity and self-management.”

212-979 8353

NYC and Activist Recourses

Bombs and Shields

Stories of resistance. Heavy on the environmental stuff, with a general anarchist lean.


Not NYC specific, but is a good anarchist resource, including the anarchist FAQ.

NY Independent Media Center

NYC Craigslist

End all resource of everything. From apartments, to legal employment, to bikes, to sex work.


NYProtest listserv



Subway information. In the maps section you can imput an address and it will tell you how to get there.

Paper Tiger

Through the production and distribution of our public access series, media literacy/video production workshops, community screenings and grassroots advocacy PTTV works to challenge and expose the corporate control of mainstream media.”

(212) 420-9045

Radical Reference

‘Radical Reference is a collective of volunteer library workers who believe in social justice and equality. We support activist communities, progressive organizations, and independent journalists by providing professional research support, education and access to information.’ Started as a response to the RNC, has an actively meeting NYC chapter.

Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

At New York University‘s Bobst library on the 10th floor, this archives houses probably the largest collection of radical American history in the country! Amazing collection of anarchist, socialist, communist, feminist, black, native, and labor movement histories.

70 Washington Square South, 10th Floor



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