Occupy Wall Street
Occupy Wall Street
(Note: Some of this article appeared in an earlier article, titled Organizing the Occupation: Wall Street, Post Megamarch.)
What a difference a week makes. The weather was unseasonably mild on Friday afternoon, and as The New York Observer strolled around Zuccotti Park, the atmosphere still had the feel of a Ren Faire that had wandered into the wrong neighborhood. But there was definitely something different in the vibe over at Occupy Wall Street H.Q. Since the unions called out the troops last Wednesday, marching in solidarity with the protesters, the demo has skewed older—for instance, a pair of women standing in the front of the park looked as though they’d qualify for discount movie tickets. They held signs that read “Pissed off Grey Hairs say ‘Jail the Wall Street Bastards.’”
Last night, Talib Kweli stopped by Zuccotti Park for a rhyme. “Here with the 99 percent,” Mr. Kweli tweeted. At the protest, he used the human mic to amplify a short speech. “They want to know what the end game is?”
“THEY WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE END GAME IS,” echoed the crowd.
“This is the end game.”
“THIS IS THE END GAME.”
The protest at Occupy Wall Street is drawing random acts of celebrity from Richard Simmons to Susan Sarandon to Lupe Fiasco and Immortal Technique. Yesterday, actress Justine Bateman and musician Ted Leo were there. On Wednesday’s march, Mike Meyers attempted to blend into the crowd. On Tuesday, the reclusive Jeff Magnum from Neutral Milk Hotel appeared.
7 p.m. The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund and PFLAG N.Y.C. host “Christine Jorgensen Reveals: a very special benefit performance,” which will include a post-performance Q & A with actor and creator Bradford Louryk. All proceeds will support the work of TLDEF and PFLAG New York City. At The Lion Theatre at Read More
"We’re moving to a new facility, but we’re bringing all the good memories to the new facility, so hopefully it will be fine," Yankee reliever Mariano Rivera was saying to The Observer Monday night.
"We’re not moving that far, you know; a few blocks, a block, just half a block."
Texas Ranger Josh Read More
Last night, at the "Rock to Save Darfur Concert-Benefit," City Councilman Eric Gioia told Talib Kweli that he’d like to replace Mos Def as the other half of Blackstar. Kweli laughed and shook his head.
Gioia was at B.B. King’s Blues Club in Times Square, along with a handful of hip-hop artists Read More
Flatbush native Talib Kweli recently moved to Carroll Gardens. The rapper sounded vaguely uncomfortable about this turn of events when reached by phone Monday, hesitating a second too long when asked to specify where exactly in Brooklyn he has been living. He’s been there only a little while, he said, but he loves it.