There’s a sandy ring, about chest high, on the office windows of Coney Island USA, signifying the ocean’s high-water mark.
To buy a house in Breezy Point, a person needs to put 50 percent of the money down at the time of sale, or 40 percent if the buyer has a relative living there.
One problem with a movement based on rhetoric is that when people stop talking about it, it ceases to exist.
On Friday, Sept. 2, Chantal O'Brien was sleeping on the couch in her living room when she awoke to the report of gunshots, two of them, one just after the other.
The would-be managers of a scattered demonstration debate whether to focus on a new occupation or on the broader goal of affecting socio-economic change.
There were conflicting calls from would-be organizers. Some said to stay and block the exchange, others to keep moving and come at the exchange from the other side.
The raid began at 1 a.m. on the dot. Eric Smith, a member of the kitchen crew, was sleeping in his tent, still wearing his chef’s toque.
The Occupy Wall Street demonstrators have shown that they can stay in the park through a day of snowy weather, at least. Whether they can, or even should, stay all winter is another question.
At 7 p.m. on Thursday night, 12 hours before the city was to facilitate a scheduled “cleaning”of Zuccotti Park by its owners, Jordan McCarthy, the de facto head of Occupy Wall Street's Sanitation Working Group, was at work making the place shine.
At about 7:15, a part of the Zuccotti Park crowd numbering in the hundreds decided to celebrate—and make a statement—by marching down Broadway.
Around the time they reached Wall Street, they moved off the sidewalks and into the street, which was empty. No cars, no police.