Matthew Wolfe

Bio: Matthew Wolfe is a writer who lives in Brooklyn. His work has appeared in The Nation and McSweeney's Internet Tendency. He can be reached at matthew.m.wolfe [at]

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‘It’s that time’: Coney Island hangs on, but the view from Surfside Gardens is grim

There’s a sandy ring, about chest high, on the office windows of Coney Island USA, signifying the ocean’s high-water mark.

Nov. 2, 2012


‘Millionaires live here’: Breezy Point, unrecognizably

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.

Nov. 1, 2012


‘Getting it back’: This time, Occupy Wall Street rallies to show it still exists

One problem with a movement based on rhetoric is that when people stop talking about it, it ceases to exist.

Sep. 18, 2012


Occupy Wall Street diaspora prepare for re-entry

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.

Nov. 23, 2011


After Zuccotti Park, it’s decision time for Occupy Wall Street organizers

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.

Nov. 21, 2011


Anatomy of a temporary disruption: A defiant march on Wall Street, many arrests, then business as usual

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.

Nov. 17, 2011


Raid on Zuccotti: Scenes from the end of an occupation and the middle of a movement

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.

Nov. 15, 2011


Occupiers weather a winter preview at Zuccotti Park, contemplate the real thing

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.

Nov. 1, 2011


How the Occupy Wall Street cleaning crew raced to head off Brookfield

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.

Oct. 14, 2011


After a showdown at Zuccotti Park is put off, an Occupy Wall Street march gets messy

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.

Oct. 14, 2011