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] gmail.com
There’s a sandy ring, about chest high, on the office windows of Coney Island USA, signifying the ocean’s high-water mark.
Postedsdfon November 2nd, 2012 2:25pm
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.
Postedsdfon November 1st, 2012 1:05pm
One problem with a movement based on rhetoric is that when people stop talking about it, it ceases to exist.
Postedsdfon September 18th, 2012 11:00am
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. She went to her window, which overlooks Richman Plaza, in the Bronx. Eight stories below her, she saw a man stumbling through the dusk, clutching his chest. He walked a few feet, then he fell. O'Brien knew the man. It was her ex-boyfriend, Ramel Shepard.
Postedsdfon November 23rd, 2011 1:31pm
When the NYPD cleared out Zuccotti Park, they dismantled a residence, a recruiting tool, and a central hub for meeting and communication. But they did not destroy the protest’s governing structure: Since Monday’s raid, Occupy Wall Street’s organizers have continued to assemble, taking stock and attempting to figure out what they now want the movement to become.
Postedsdfon November 21st, 2011 11:48am
The sun was just rising over lower Manhattan, but the intersection of Wall Street and Broadway was lit like high noon by a row of klieg lights.
The march was due to start at 7 a.m., in 15 minutes, and a bank of cameras, aimed into the heart of the financial district, was waiting for first occupier to make his move.
A loose crowd of police officers, half in riot gear, half in regular blue shirts, slouched around a row of barricades. Beside them, a man was hawking copies of the Daily News. The headline read "DO OR DIE FOR OCCUPY."
Postedsdfon November 17th, 2011 5:20pm
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.
“I heard ‘Get the fuck up! Get the fuck up! Everybody get the fuck up now!’ ” said Smith, 38. “And then the lights came on and we were surrounded.” When Smith opened the flap of his tent, he saw hundreds of police officers and sanitation workers, backlit by spotlights, streaming into the park.
Postedsdfon November 15th, 2011 10:11am
Brendan Burke, 41, a bald man with a heavyweight boxer's build, has been coming to Occupy Wall Street since the first week of the movement. He is a near-constant presence at the park, having acted as a sort of security minder for the demonstration before the protest-organized security "working group" even existed. He believes the occupation should pull out of Zuccotti Park before the winter sets in, for reasons of safety and politics.
"I don't think it's a question of commitment," said Burke. "We've been tested before and won, so I don't know how necessary it is to hold the park."
Postedsdfon November 1st, 2011 2:39pm
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.
The park's owners, Brookfield Office Properties, had, with the city's blessing, directed that the protesters make way for a day-long cleaning. Brookfield had promised that the demonstrators would be able to return after the cleaning, but that they’d have to abide by a new set of rules that precluded, among other things, possession of sleeping bags and laying down.
Postedsdfon October 14th, 2011 11:58am
It was a mostly celebratory moment for Occupy Wall Street demonstrators and their political supporters this morning, as word came through from the city and the owners of Zuccotti Park that a scheduled "cleaning"—which they had spent the night nervously preparing for—would be postponed.
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.
Postedsdfon October 14th, 2011 8:56am