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The average New Yorker throws out 46 pounds of clothing and other textiles every year for a total of 193,000 tons of textiles annually, at a cost to taxpayers and our environment.

I am very anti-landfill for environmental reasons, but especially because there are so many people that could use what you no longer want. It's the new sharing economy (think Airbnb, Uber, et al).

There are so many places in Manhattan to take your donations. Some organizations even pick up. There is just no excuse for not making a little extra effort to donate. And your donations are tax deductible if you itemize.


GrowNYC Textile Recycling

Textiles can be dropped off weekly weekly at 15 Manhattan Greenmarkets. What they accept: Clean and dry clothing, paired shoes, linens, handbags, belts, and other reusable textiles. No scraps, rugs, carpeting, pillows, comforters, or luggage.

More information can be found at

City Opera Thrift Shop

Clothing, art, books, music, furniture

222 East 23rd Street

(212) 684-5344

Monday – Saturday, 10 A.M. – 6 P.M.; Sunday, 12 P.M. – 5 P.M.

Will pick up large donations (at least six boxes or garbage bags).

National Council of Jewish Women

Clothing, furniture, books, silver, jewelry

246 East 84th Street

(212) 439-8373

Monday – Saturday (Drop off from 11 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.)

Will pick up a minimum of three cartons of goods.

Bottomless Closet

Clothing for working women

545 Eighth Avenue, 12th Floor

(212) 563-2499

Monday – Thursday, 9:30 A.M. – 5:30 P.M.

Occasional evening and weekend hours; call for times.

Dress for Success

Cleaned, work-appropriate clothing for women

32 East 31st Street, 6th Floor

(212) 545-DSNY

Clothing size 0-12 are accepted the third Saturday of the month, 11 A.M. – 2 P.M.

Size 14+ donations accepted daily.

Career Gear

Men’s business suits, ties, dress shirts, business shoes

(212) 577-6190

No longer accepts individual donations but may ship clothes to affiliate in Washington, DC, or Houston. Call for shipping address.

Goodwill Stores

Appliances, books, clothing, computers, electronics, furniture, housewares, sporting goods 220 East 23rd Street (212) 447-7270 217 West 79th Street (212) 874-5050 103 West 25th Street (646) 638-1725 1704 Second Avenue (212) 831-1830

Monday – Saturday, 10 A.M. – 8 P.M.; Sunday 11 A.M. – 6 P.M.

Housing Works

Usable and resalable items including women’s and men’s clothing, jewelry, accessories, shoes, housewares, books and furniture

143 West 17th Street (212) 366-0820

157 East 23rd Street (212) 529-5955

306 Columbus Avenue (212) 579-7566

202 East 77th Street (212) 772-8461

1730 Second Avenue (212) 722-8306

All centers open Monday – Friday, 10 A.M. – 7 P.M.; Saturday, 10 A.M. – 6 P.M.; and Sunday, from 12 P.M. – 5 P.M. Call the Donations Department at (212) 366-0820 to schedule a pick up of furniture (no Formica, mattresses or baby furniture).


Mt. Sinai Hospital Child Life Program

Plastic toys, activity tables, books; no plush items

(212) 241-6797

The Jewish Guild for the Blind, Early Intervention and Preschool Program

Tactile toys (shape sorters, wooden puzzles with knobs), games with balls lights or sounds, books with tactile features or printed in black and white

(212) 769-6308

PENCIL (Public Education Needs Civic Involvement in Learning)

Art supplies, new books, computers and software, furniture, musical instruments, office equipment, science equipment, sporting goods

(646) 638-0565

See to make a donation.

Baby Buggy

Gently used infant and toddler clothing, bedding, furniture and gear

(212) 736-1777

Call to schedule drop off or pick up.


Bicycles and bicycle parts; also accepts computers, telephones, TV/VCR/DVD for classroom use

55 Washington Street, Brooklyn

(718) 858-7600

Sports Buddies

Sports equipment for Big Brothers and Big Sisters program

(212) 563-2447


Partnership for the Homeless: Furnish a Future

Linens, rugs appliances, art, electronics, furniture (and more)

476 Jefferson Street, Brooklyn

(718) 875-5353 or

Manhattan Mini Storage (13 locations, including East 62nd Street and First Avenue)

Most locations are open 24 hours a day. See

Material for the Arts

Art supplies, electronics, fabric, furniture, musical instruments, industrial discards, paint, office equipment are redistributed to NYC public schools

33-00 Northern Blvd. (32nd/ 34th Street), Long Island City

(718) 729-3001, ext. 207

Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 9 A.M. – 3 P.M.

Habitat for Humanity

Construction material, tools

(212) 991-4000, ext. 306


Tools for Schools

Computers, office furniture, office supplies

1916 Park Avenue (646) 548 9675

United Cerebral Palsy of New York

Computers, TVs, VCRs

(212) 683-6700, ext. 226


Children for Children

6 East 43rd Street (212) 850-4170

Books labeled “Children for Children” may be dropped off with your contact information.

New York Public Library

Books (no text books or magazines)

222 East 79th Street (212) 744-5824

1465 York Avenue (212) 288-5049

127 East 58th Street (212) 759-7358

328 East 67th Street (212) 734-1717

Housing Works (See above)


Mayors Office to Combat Domestic Violence (OCDV)

Drop off at anyVerizon locations, or mail to:

Verizon Wireless Hopeline

c/o ReCellular Inc.

255 Bishop Circle West

Dexter, MI 48130

Phones for Life

(212) 730-4699


Bide-a-Wee Companion Animal Welfare Society

Clean towels, sheets, old bedding, unopened canned cat or dog food, crates, animal toys

410 East 38th Street

(212) 532-6396


Pet paraphernalia

(212) 876-770, ext. 4517


Locks of Love

Hair donations for children with cancer (10 inches minimum)

Many salons will facilitate (and most give free haircuts) including:

Roy Teeluck Salon, 38 East 57th Street (212) 888-2221

Dop Dop Salon, 170 Mercer Street (212) 965-9540

Yan Varin Salon, 142 East 73rd Street (212) 734-9055

Lions Club

Eyeglasses and hearing aids

Any Lenscrafters location including:

1199 First Avenue (at 65th Street)

(212) 744-5149

United Cerebral Palsy of New York

Wheelchairs and adaptive equipment

(212) 683-6700, ext. 226


United Cerebral Palsy of New York

Tickets to NYC events and attractions

(212) 683-6700, ext. 226

NYC Parks & Recreation Department

Tickets to sports and cultural events

(212) 360-3456


American Lung Association

(800) 577-LUNG

Kidney Foundation

(800) 488-CARS

Habitat for Humanity

(877) 277-4344

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