I made this quick easy iBrain costume that left me fully mobile. It got several laughs from those close enough to read it, but I was mostly in videographer mode, and not mugging for the crowd.
Pirate and Dr. Dooby on their way to the parade in the East Houston Street General Destruction Zone.
Queen Tut and undead friend on Spring Street.
Also on Spring Street. Could be Mark Jenkins but I don’t think so. It is not as meticulously done as his work.
I got there at 5 to mingled in the set-up area and avoid being trapped in the incredibly crowded pen for the non-organizational participants. I exited at 4th Street around 8 when my camera’s battery was dead. If I remember right the pen is not even opened until 9, it is absolute hell if you are in an elaborate costume.
I managed to trek around downtown today without finding much of Occupy Wall Street. Black helicopters hovered over-head. I showed up at noon for the rally at Washington Square Park. The entrances were partially restricted with barricades and there were about 50 cops there. No protesters were there. I left about a quarter after and walked down Thompson Street to Zuccotti Park. The entire park was surrounded by barricades. On Broadway I found this guy with his creation honoring Occupy, a couple of people with anarchist literature, three people drumming, and a couple of more people with signs. They said everyone had left to go to Washington Square. At that point I gave up and entered the incredibly confusing new Fulton Street subway station, where I was unable to find the J train and settled for the A to the F to get back home.
In contrast to his stoic demeanor last night, on Saturday night David was interacting with the musician,smiling, attempting to dance, and miming out requests and praise. My conspiracy theory is that David is counting on these grating semi-musical zaps to keep him awake for the planned three sleepless days. But I think the annoying nature of the sound of the tuned electrical bolts has kept the attendance low. You might enjoy the video best playing it at either very low volume or extremely high. But Electrified is well worth seeing in person, it’s a spectacle not likely to be repeated. Think of it like Andy Kaufman singing 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall to completion.
Marina of Occupy the Pipeline is on a mission to inform people about the dangers of the Spectra high pressure gas line, which is planned to enter Manhattan at Gansevoort Street at the Hudson River in the West Village of Manhattan. saneenergyproject.org
Occupy Wall Street general assembly inside the central fountain in Washington Square Park shortly before 11PM yesterday.
Mic-check is the call and repeat technique that sprang-up out of the necessity because NYC law prohibits the use of bullhorns or any amplified sound without a permit. Here they are announcing their plan to occupy Washington Square Park. The park officially closes at midnight. And they did strategically disperse at midnight, but a few remained. See Josh Harkinson‘s video below. He was reporting for Mother Jones and barely escaped arrest doing so.
This land was made for you and me. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
An oak leaf cluster. In the immediate aftermath of Irene passing through my East Village neighborhood, I seized the opportunity to gather samples of leaves from fallen branches, getting them before the sanitation and parks department bagged them up for mulch or whatever. I’m doing a tree identification project and close up details of the leaves attached to the branches, and their arrangements are critical to species identification. And most of the samples come from branches high-up and into the wind, normally inaccessible to my camera. Unfortunately, I could have used an intern or two to take note of location and individually bag the samples, but no, I stuffed them into a single bag and will have to go all forensic to match them back to their tree. Full resolution
London Planetrees are common in New York and I saw many large planetree branches fallen. Their distinctive mottled bark makes them easy to identify. They provide good shade and their branches form dramatic shapes. But from below, their leaves always look shabby and unhealthy. It must be their heavy venation, on the reverse of the leaves, and their ragged outline that gives that effect. Up-close they are quite beautiful and interesting. Planetrees are known for being able to deal well with soot and in general the stress of city life. Full Resolution
Tompkins Square Park was still closed this morning. From what I can observe from the perimeter, the park had significant tree damage from Irene. A large oak near the park offices fell over. Another large tree, I’m not positive but I think it is another oak, the one that was in the middle of the path on the west side of the central grove, has fallen. I have heard that there was some damage to the Hare Krishna Elm but it is still standing. Another elm, near 9th Street and Avenue B, lost a limb. A medium sized locust fell near the center entrance on 7th Street. I also noticed that a few small trees also fell over.
Update: The park opened at noon. Sadly, the large tree in the center of the park that fell was one of the magnificent elms. But I’m glad to report that there was no damage to the Hare Krishna Elm. Photos coming soon.
Washington Square Park was open. There was minimal damage to the trees from Irene here. One large branch of a London Planetree came down. Elms and Planetrees seem the most likely to lose large branches. Ginkos dropped a lot of small branches.