Keegan Stephan of Right of Way testified at City Council hearings and town hall meetings, turning up the heat on elected officials to make drivers obey traffic laws and hold them accountable for harms they cause by violating them. Right of Way is hoping to raise $25,000 by Christmas to finance their activities in 2014.
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.
I was surprised at how many people showed up for this rally to restore the Fourth Amendment, on this oppressively hot day. The march started in Union Square Park and wound its way down Broadway to Federal Hall, where the 1st Congress passed the Bill of Rights in 1789. I left the march at Houston Street, so that I could edit and upload these photos and video (soon to come).
Kids lead the march to CB3 from the Children’s Magical Garden.
The Rude Mechanical Orchestra, Councilperson Margaret Chin, neighbors and garden members march to Community Board 3 seeking permanent status for the garden.
Landmarked in 2006, the P.S. 64 school building on E. Ninth St. was once used as an art, and community activist’s center. The city sold it to developer Gregg Singer in 1998. The deed says it must “provides educational, health, recreational, religious or other essential services for the community it serves.” Thus the push to make it a dorm for 500+ students. The building has been boarded up since December 2001, closing its use to the community. Now its floors are reportedly covered in pigeon guano. The rally and march are to ask that a community center be restored.
They marched from there to the Cooper Union, which has just abandoned it’s charter to provide free education for New York students. Students are now occupying the dean’s office.
I interview: Ben Shepard of Time’s Up, Bill Di Paola of MORUS and Father Pat Moloney, founder of Bonitas House, directly across the street from the building.
Developer, Serge Hoyda broke into the fence surrounding The Children’s Magical Garden at Norfolk and Stanton Streets on the Lower East Side this morning. Long time garden’s advocate and activist, Aresh Javadi, explains the situation, and how this all might just be a ploy to get access to another plot in a swap with the city. But still the children’s Pizza Garden was trampled in the process.