Occupy Wall Street
Walmart, the Ebenezer Scrooge of mega-chain department stores, must be having a good chuckle over their latest holiday offer: A $42.75 print of Zuccotti Park, nearly three Christmases past, when for a brief moment the Wall Street grounds were turned into temporary homes (as well as the home-base) for the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Update: Looks like the ad is actually part of a viral campaign for Cinemax’s Hunted, whatever the hell that is. Also, it’s been there for a year? You’d think we’d have heard of it by now!
It’s times like this that we really miss Occupy New York. This advertisement for ByzantiumSecurity.com is featured prominently outside Cipriani’s Wall Street, which is about half a block away from the former Zuccotti Park HQ of the organization that brought the “1%-er” terminology to such a forefront in cultural conversations over two years ago.
Bigger photo after the jump.
The walls of Molly Crabapple’s Financial District loft are lined with paintings. Works in progress rest on easels and drafting tables around the apartment, where she has resided for the past five years with her boyfriend, the illustrator Fred Harper, and her senescent cat, Puddy. During the protests in Zuccotti Park in 2011, Ms. Crabapple, 30, turned her living quarters into a press room, and Matt Taibbi, whose new book she is illustrating, has called her “Occupy’s greatest artist.” The Museum of Modern Art seems to concur—they just acquired one of her Occupy prints.
Out of Sight
Justine Tunney is a New York-based software engineer at Google, but she’s also a prolific activist who was and continues to be instrumental to the Occupy Wall Street movement. A “transgender anarchist,” she founded OccupyWallStreet.org and continues to maintain the @OccupyWallSt Twitter handle; her Github account has an Occupy Wall Street specific repository that boasts the tagline, “Stomping out capitalism, one line of code at a time.” And she also has an interesting new approach to crowdfunding.
Occupy the mayor's race
Zuccotti Park has a vacancy. Read More
In the Rezone
This afternoon, Bill de Blasio described his candidacy for mayor as an outgrowth of the Occupy Wall Street movement, which is celebrating its second anniversary occupying Zuccotti Park today.
“It’s a complicated movement to say the least, but the core message was we have to address inequality,” said Mr. de Blasio during an endorsement press conference on the steps of City Hall, where the drums from an anniversary march could be heard echoing from the street.
The West Crown Heights rezoning has been in the making for nearly a decade, and Community Board 8—which initiated the process—has spent countless hours hashing out the details to maintain the neighborhood’s low-rise character in exchange for allowing higher-density development along the commercial corridors of Franklin and Bedford avenues. The City Planning Commission is scheduled to vote on the rezoning proposal next Wednesday, August 7, but now a group of Johnny-come-latelies is trying to shoe-horn in some last-minute changes.
Crown Heights Assembly, a group of ex-Occupiers who have focused on the hotbed of gentrification in recent months, are circulating a petition demanding some big modifications in advance of next week’s vote, according to DNAinfo.
Update: Michael Gluckstadt, an online editor at HBO.com, responded to the OWS statement on Twitter after this item went to press. Read his reply after the jump.
Anyone who watched last week’s premiere of Aaron Sorkin’s gripping drama The Newsroom–where the discovery of American drone strikes and Troy Davis take narrative second fiddle to the saga of a producer finding a video of herself screaming at her crush on a Sex and the City tour bus on YouTube–will know that this season has put its laser gaze on Occupy Wall Street.
The premiere featured News Night blogger Neal Sampat getting a hot tip about OWS a whole week before Zuccotti Park was overtaken. Because he’s a blogger and reads a lot of Reddit, so he knows something big is about to go down. Attending an early General Assembly meeting–where everyone fingerwags (true to life!) and makes the letter C with their hand when they have a question (not so much!), he befriends the meeting’s leader, Shelly Wexler, an anthropology major who seems preternaturally calm about the lack of press.
She spouts a lot of OWS rhetoric about staying in the park till their demands are met, which include “the persecution of the people responsible for the financial crash, a presidential commission to investigate corruption in politics, the ratification of a Constitutional amendment.”
So what do the actual OWS members think about their Sorkin makeover?
Immigrant workers at a bakery on the Upper East Side who successfully challenged their employers over unfair work conditions will have their story documented in an upcoming film.
The Hand That Feeds follows Mahoma López and his fellow workers as they take on management at the Hot and Crusty Bagel Café.
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The City of New York has finally agreed to pay Occupy Wall Street for the property destroyed in the Zuccotti Park police raid on Nov. 15, 2011.
OWS initiated a suit on May 24, 2012, seeking compensation for the destruction of their People’s Library—a collection of over 5,000 donated books. About 3,600 of these were Read More