In the News: Occupy Wall Street Strikes Again

by Ozier Muhammad (courtesy the New York Times)

••• “The city has increased the size of Downtown’s much-anticipated Peck Slip School for the second time in as many months, the Department of Education announced Friday. Peck Slip […] will now offer 712 elementary seats—56 more than had been announced in November—and some 200 more than the 476 that the school had originally expected.” —DNAinfo

••• Occupy Wall Street protesters got arrested for trespassing on Trinity Wall Street’s property at Canal and Sixth Ave. —New York Times

••• “A Starbucks at Varick & Spring had a brick thrown through a window around 5pm – sources said. OWS was marching up Varick at the same time” —a Downtown Express tweet

••• The recipe for Kutsher’s latkes, including four variations: pastrami Reuben, wild mushroom and herbed ricotta, melted leeks and hen of the woods mushrooms, and pastrami salmon and spicy brown honey mustard. —New York Daily News



  1. You don’t need to be religious to understand -and embrace- the idea that “Whatsoever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” But the 1%, in their blind greed and schemes, have forgotten and closed their eyes to this, and to what the word “society” should really mean. Because of Occupy Wall Street, we are finally talking less about CUTS and more about BLEEDING. Instead of demanding m-o-r-e budget cuts -to be borne by the middle class and poor- we are FINALLY focusing on the shameful bleeding that the poor and middle class has endured for all too long. Instead of talking about even m-o-r-e cuts in the taxes of millionaires….we are now talking about fairness and justice – about an economy and a political system that is increasingly run for the rich, and by the rich. Instead of talking about LESS government, we are talking about a government that WORKS FOR ALL OF US, not just a favored few. Thank you OWS, for reminding us that people -ordinary working people- really DO matter, and for helping open our eyes to what’s really going on in this country. Trinity Church should look deep into its collective soul, do the right thing, and help OWS.

  2. The day we stop speaking in sound bites is the day that we’ll start making progress on real social issues.

    I spoke to an electrician who owns a smal business inTribeca and is married with 3 kids. He makes $240,000 a year ($120,000 after federal, state, city and med taxes). He IS the 1 %!! Do you think he would agree that he is ‘blinded by greed and schemes’?

    For some who are willing to work hard the American Dream lives…..throwing bricks through that dream doesn’t solve anything…

  3. Marc, the 1% makes one million — not $100,000 and its tax bill is not half its gross, but a tiny percentage.

  4. Is that $1M before or after taxes? Oh wait, who gives a shit? Thanks, OWS, for costing the city (taxpayers) millions that it doesn’t have, maybe it can be made up by cutting firehouses, the police force, schools, or at the housing authority? OWS is like a snowstorm, but it’s mostly yellow snow. Save your acts of civil disobedience for the voting booth. And pleeeease let your “drum banging” be metaphorical, not literal….you don’t want to get Alec angry, you wouldn’t like him when he’s angry.

  5. Amen, Jim. Amen.

  6. Betty,

    You prove once again that those making the most noise are misinformed. I said it took $250,000 to be in the 1%….and I was wrong. It take $350,000. But that’s family income and BEFORE taxes ($175,000 after federal state city and med taxes). That’s not that much money in NYC.

    Check out.