Living with Protest

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Julie Menin, chairwoman of Community Board 1 in lower Manhattan, discusses how downtown residents are dealing with their new neighbors in Zuccotti Park.

Comments [18]


modern day Les Miserables 2011 ala OWS"...before the barricades arise"...fitting for the current world economy...

Oct. 27 2011 12:42 PM
gene from NYC


Domination of the national conversation by business-funded interests. Control of the airwaves, infiltration of the media, a full-out assault on the the zeitgeist that encourages and often finances all manner of pro-rich measures.


Oct. 27 2011 12:42 PM

I vote for a plutocracy. Our government is from Pluto. The rich have bought the vote, and control the lawmakers.

It became ultimately unfair when Corporations became Citizens. Now we citizens have a small fraction of the vote and say, compared to the rich. Our 99% presence, gives us 1% vote, like our economic status -Vs 1% of the pop have 99% of the say.

Our vote does not count anymore. Why waste our time voting!!!! One of your commentators said that-
" Even if our candidate gets in, they don’t do anything we voted them in to do. We have no more say in our government."

We need a change in the power structure. I totally support OW. It is the beginning of our “Soft Revolution”.

Only when we all stand together and vote with our Feet, will the power structure change.

Let us hope that the rich 1% are not so stupid to ignore history and OW, and start giving back.

Remember- History repeats itself!

When the distribution of wealth gets to a Critical Point, there always revolution. Look at South American.

Let us hope that we are not in the beginning of the French Revolution.

Oct. 27 2011 12:10 PM
gene from NYC

Amen to the poor woman on John St.

I babysat on John St. one night. The backhoes and jackhammers went on till 1 AM. When the mom came home, I said, "Wow, you live in your own little section of Hell here, don't you?" She said, "This isn't the first time they've dug up the street, either. AT LEAST 5 times in the last 2 years."

She's got 2 kids under 10, who have to get up for school. It's totally outrageous.

Oct. 27 2011 11:56 AM
TV from lower manhattan

We are very lucky to have a leader like Julie serving the downtown community.

Oct. 27 2011 11:55 AM
john from office

Hello, Con Ed is building something.

Oct. 27 2011 11:53 AM
Empka again

oh - and echo the others on the barricades - very disruptive

Oct. 27 2011 11:53 AM

I don't understand why these people's "right to protest" includes squatting in a neighborhood, and drastically changing the quality of life. How is this right? And, I am also perplexed by people who say they are 100% for these protestors. Have they not seen the extreme people in this group, or does everyone just see what they want to see? I live in the neighborhood, and I know restaurants and neighbors that are being impacted in a negative way.

Oct. 27 2011 11:53 AM
Tom Hopes from London

We've had the same backhand approach to shutting down Occupy in London- the authorities claiming excessive cost and Health and Safety problems.
They closed St Pauls Cathedral on spurious grounds and the Canon has resigned in protest.
This is an organised attempt to shut protest down.

Oct. 27 2011 11:51 AM
Empka from B'way and Liberty

I can't call in - but I work across the street and I have really enjoyed the protests! It's great energy and I walk through each day.

Though it did take over my usual lunch spot and force out the green market, which is too bad.

Oct. 27 2011 11:51 AM
john from office

Liberals trying to deal with a mob. Oh, mention their first amendment rights again. They will stay there forever, free food and sex, who would want to leave?

Oct. 27 2011 11:49 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Typical champagne Liberal. Fully supports protests UNTIL they start to muck up their neighborhoods!

Oct. 27 2011 11:48 AM
Aaron from Wall Street / Carroll Gardens

As an architect who works on Wall Street, the barricade city created by the NYPD is the primary problem I encounter on a daily basis. The protesters have a minimal impact on my daily life, but the NYPD's over-reaction has a major impact on my morning, my attempt to enjoy lunch at Chase Plaza or other parks, and my ability to navigate the area in general.

Oct. 27 2011 11:48 AM
oscar from ny

My protest is against the gods that ppl have invented to corrupt destroy, artist have done well with it while others ransacked the earth, these things wuth their Halloween costumes are all murderders of the mind, their zion is mediocre at best, what god in their right mind defends ugly killers, hungry for life..this confused fruit flys fight for others to enslave them, they kill who ever does good and award their devils
PS: I rather watch a bad sitcom TV show than waste my time voting for incompetent racist liars perverts degenerates

Oct. 27 2011 11:47 AM
dan from Manhattan

Julie and her husband, Bruce are definitely in the 1%.

Oct. 27 2011 11:46 AM
long time lower manhattan resident

Ms. Menin's earlier project was Wall Street Rising, started after 9/11. Have to wonder whether her heart and bank account are with the 1% or the 99%. If CB 1 wanted to be helpful, they'd pressure the Mayor to put portable toilets near Zuccotti Park.

Oct. 27 2011 10:29 AM
Hugh Appet from Upper West Side

It looks like a lot of the people who live there are not just ordinary middle class residents. I read that as of 1997, the median income for area residents was well over 60k and that many of them are young people who work in the area. If so, is it any wonder they are not happy about the protesters?

Oct. 27 2011 10:27 AM
Jason Creates from nyc

How much would Bloomberg pay out of pocket to get rid of the protesters?

Oct. 27 2011 10:11 AM

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