Occupy Wall Street
It isn’t much of a relief, but fashion and beauty blogger PJ Gach, who recently took to the internet to try and raise the $7,739 in back rent she needs to pay her landlord to fend off eviction, now has until May 8 to pay up or move out.
When The Observer spoke with Ms. Gach this afternoon—she was heading out of housing court a day after her deadline to pay the back rent—she was cautiously optimistic about getting a few more days.
Ms. Gach’s plight—which started when she was laid off as a senior editor from Betty Confidential in November and was unable to make her $1,759 rent payments in December, January and February—has earned her both sympathy and vitriol online (it’s also earned her about $500 in donations, though there’s little chance that she’ll be able to summon the remaining $7,200 in the next week and a half.)
Sodom by the Sea
At 1:15 this morning, Occupy Wall Street sent out a press release that they had been surrounded by the NYPD, which was clearing the park: “Liberty Square (Zuccotti Park), home of Occupy Wall Street for the past two months and birthplace of the 99% movement that has spread across the country and around the world, is presently being evicted by a large police force.”
Three minutes later, the mayor’s office said as much, and not much else, on Twitter: “Occupants of Zuccotti should temporarily leave and remove tents and tarps. Protestors can return after the Park is cleared.”
Island of the Ferries
The freaks, rogues and Ruby’s of the Coney Island boardwalk will not be driven into the sea without a fight!
Over the weekend, the eight boardwalk businesses hired both a legal and PR team to make their case in court and the community, following a November notice that their long-standing leases would Read More
As the Real Estate Desk noted yesterday, the mayor will not back efforts to save the Cedar Grove Beach Community–the last of more than a dozen such summer getaways that once lined Staten Island’s South Shore–despite a photo op that suggested otherwise. Now, Dave Young, a resident of one of Cedar Grove’s Read More