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Zucotti Park is Not a Makeshift Occupation – It Is Exactly What These Dirtbags Want America To Look Like

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Zucotti Park is Nirvana for these miscreants – people piled on top of one another in chigger infested bed rolls, drumming and dancing, free stuff shipped in from the very people they abhor, confused sexuality, esoteric ramblings from drug addled pseudo intellectuals and media attention. This puff piece from NY Magazine conveniently left out a major aspect of life in Zucotti Park. Thievery. The dirtbags are redistributing the wealth in the park, by stealing it. Read here in the NEW YORK POST.

NY Mag

Surviving Zuccotti Park

Surviving Zuccotti Park: How the Protesters Stay Warm, Fed, and CheeryPhoto: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images

This weekend, after nearly a month of following Occupy Wall Street from a laptop in the bourgeois comfort of my rent-stabilized Lower East Side studio, I decided to forsake the plush extravagance of a clean, warm, Pillow Pet–filled office cubicle to live with the protesters for a day and find out how they have been able to thrive without shelter or running water. Herewith, the secrets of survival in Zuccotti Park.

1. They don’t need any money. Many kids told me they spent their last dollars getting to New York, but since then, they haven’t had to spend a cent to eat well or acquire basics like a sleeping bag, warm clothes, clean socks and underwear, primary medical care, and even the occasional shower and good night’s sleep indoors. The protesters have built a very well-run services infrastructure, aided by countless New Yorkers who are offering food, supplies, health-care expertise, and the periodic use of their apartments. Hunky Jewish nerd Michael Glazer (Chicago) and petite, hug-dispensing black woman Sparrow Kennedy (New York via Detroit) are among the protesters running the Comfort Station, sort of a freegan’s Wal-Mart made up of plastic tubs full of toiletries and freshly cleaned blankets and clothes. Sparrow (reachable at sparrowkennedy@gmail.com) is looking for more donations, but the protesters do not need any more thongs or high heels. For some reason (Occupy Scores?), they’ve received tons of those.

2. Bedbugs are not a problem, but trench foot might be. My biggest fear going down to Zuccotti was bedbugs — all those unwashed people and communal fabrics huddled together in such a small space. But the folks in the Health Care Station, such as flight nurse Aaron Highfill, said they have not seen the classic sign of “three-in-a-row” bedbug bites. The biggest problem they’ve seen is yucky feet, from the cold and the wet and people not cleaning their feet or changing their socks enough, not to mention all the marching. This is why they need donated pairs of new, warm socks, and foot powder.

Despite the hysterical warnings of the Zuccotti Park owners, the park does not appear squalid. Far from it. But it’s hard to avoid the appearance of a shantytown when, everywhere, you see plastic blue tarps, cardboard boxes, sleeping bags, plastic storage tubs, and backpacks. Where are the space-organizer volunteers to jujj the place up with some smart, stylish storage solutions? (Occupy the Container Store?)

3. Sleep is possible, but not easy. I wondered how the kids were managing to sleep amid the cold (the weather’s been mild, but it gets chilly at night), intermittent rain, crowds, and noise. Well, they aren’t, at least not much — anything between a half-hour catnap and a “good night’s sleep” of five or six hours between, say, midnight and 7 a.m. There is actually a cozy hush that settles on the park after dark, when the gawking crowds and visiting supporters clear out and it’s just the kids strumming on guitars, having their umpteenth political conversation and (adorable!) snuggling with newfound friends.

The secret to sleeping is to make a “sandwich” — first put down cardboard, then a yoga mat, then your sleeping bag. Then get in it wearing many layers, stuff earplugs in your ears (available at the Comfort Station), tie a headband over your eyes, and pull a tarp over the whole thing. Also, even though the city has said it won’t tolerate tents or structures of any kind, the truth is that many of the kids have constructed some elaborate and ingenious makeshift houses. I asked a few to show me their abodes and they told me to go away, slamming their tarps in my face.

4. The food really is good. The protesters eat delicious, healthy, and above all free food, thanks to the well-oiled volunteer machine that runs the kitchen — ferrying uncooked donations into the park, to a nearby church to cook it all up, then back into the park to be served around lunch and dinner. I had some yummy kale-garlic-black-bean thing, spinach-Feta quiche, roasted sweet potatoes, and a variety of hearty baked pasta dishes, and not one but two desserts: a crustless apple-ginger pie and a rustic bread pudding. The food pantry is run by Eo, a Judy Collins lookalike from Woodstock, with an iron but loving fist, like every anarchist kid’s dream hippie mom.

5.No fighting Every night at 7 p.m., at the east end next to Mark di Suvero’s towering, red-beamed Joie de Vivre statue, there is a General Assembly meeting that hashes out the business of the day. Even during a super-prickly meeting Friday on the alleged preponderance of “straight white male” faces going before the media, order prevailed. Heated political conversations abound. “The only rule is, don’t touch anybody,” a rare older geezer like myself told me. There is a certain degree of young male testosterone energy afloat, but I was also struck by how easily gays and transgenders wove into the mix. In the ceaseless drum circle, one of the strongest loci of the testosterone energy, some of the biggest love came for two crazy queens who vogued each other down to the ground.

6. There is Wi-Fi. There is a special cell- and laptop-charging area with two power strips that run on a generator that is shared by the Media Center, where you can borrow a laptop to go online and check your e-mail, etc. There are always volunteers at the charging center now, since it appears this was one of the few areas where thefts have occurred. There is also free Wi-Fi, thanks to one of the occupiers, Isaac Wilder, 21, a Grinnell drop-out who runs The Free Network Foundation, devoted to providing free wireless service. Wilder has rigged up a free Wifi tower at Zuccotti as well as at Occupy Austin, Kansas City, and Chicago. Drinking carrot juice and lying by his girlfriend, Anna, who is still at Grinnell, Wilder assured me that, though the other Occupy sites were impressive, “New York is the cynosure.”

7. Cigarettes are free. One of the mini-legends in the impromptu village of Occupied Zuccotti is Nick Long, 22, from White Plains, who is known by all as “Nick at Night.” Despite his nocturnal nickname, Nick in fact spends day and night sitting at a stone table not far from the drumming circle on the park’s west end, expertly rolling cigarettes for anyone who asks. That means up to 6,000 rollies a day, paid for with a collection he took up independent of Occupy’s finance arm. Long, shaggy-haired, and good-looking, he has found his niche at Zuccotti. But isn’t dispensing free nicotine unhealthy, not to mention supporting Big Tobacco? Long said that people were sending up bulk donations of tobacco from North Carolina, and the cigs served a crucial purpose because “they calmed people down.”


  1. I will NOT submit!

    October 18th, 2011

    1st mistake…just like a stray cat…you feed it it is never going to leave! And hell…most of these cretins are probbaly eating better there than they ever were in moms basement!

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  2. I will NOT submit!

    October 18th, 2011

    Shit….this sounds like boot camp to me….trench foot, decent food, long marches to nowhere, medical on demand….send them ALL to Iraq…they’ll figure it out when they get there!

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  3. Burrmigo

    October 18th, 2011

    FREE CIGARETTES!?!?!?!?!? Now they’ve gone too far. In the name of R.J. Reynolds and tobacco stockholders around the world I hereby consign these squatbaggers to the lowest circle of Hell.

    May your pagan god have mercy on your souls.

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  4. plainjane31

    October 18th, 2011

    US Forces massing on Afghanistan-Pakistan border:

    Work available at the Afghanistan-Pakistan Border:

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  5. Corky

    October 18th, 2011

    “kids, cozy hush, yummy, jujj, ingenious, super-prickly, loci, cigs “calm people down”

    What a load of crap!

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  6. Dren

    October 18th, 2011

    Well, oh darn, I just bought throngs of thongs and high heels to donate… what do I do with them now?

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  7. even steven

    October 18th, 2011

    Now, that was some awful writing! Just how does one slam a tarp?

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  8. MsTebo

    October 18th, 2011

    Follow the money. Who is financing these “free” supplies? This cannot be just a support structure that grew up overnight. These people and kids are just freeloaders who are taking as much advantage of any situation as they can. Give them an inch and they’ll take a mile. Disgusting and wrong.

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  9. Skorpion

    October 18th, 2011

    Contrast the brainless Leftist cant out of OWS with this *intelligent* criticism of status-quo crony-”capitalism,” courtesy of a great American Christian leader:


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  10. Nunya

    October 18th, 2011

    Ick. Protesting capitalism is so much easier when capitalists pay the bills

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  11. Menderman

    October 18th, 2011

    I’ve posted a couple of videos with “Nick @ Nite”.

    Two things:
    1: He accepts donations for the cigarettes he rolls. If he gets 10 cents a cig he would be bringing in 600 bucks a day on the free tobacco he gets.

    2: Nick licks every cigarette.

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  12. Plain Jane

    October 18th, 2011

    I thought smoking was illegal in public places in NY.

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  13. Skorpion

    October 18th, 2011

    @Menderman, those are some *seriously* delusional people on your LiveLeak videos. I would personally like to throw the “primitivism”-advocating chick naked, into the middle of the Amazon rain-forest, and see how long it takes her to start begging for the basic comforts of industrial civilization.

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  14. Dale

    October 18th, 2011

    I hope someone does’nt show up with 10 or 20,flea infested dogs and let them loose in the crowd.

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  15. Grandpa

    October 18th, 2011

    A 10 year old kid gets her Lemonade stand shut down and a $250 fine stand in just about any prog area of the country cause they’re all worried about food safety and stuff….. etc.

    Yet somehow, these creeps can assemble a full born outdoor kitchen and feed masses of protesters with much higher food borne illness risks and no-one seems to have a problem with it.

    Go F**king Figure !

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  16. even steven

    October 18th, 2011

    And here’s a story about one of the fleabaggers in Seattle exposing himself to children. There sure is a nice collection of freaks at these OWS Obamavilles. http://www.komonews.com/news/local/132064518.html

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  17. Twellsy

    October 18th, 2011

    Just put up some walls and charge admission to see this crowd. Call it Woodstock light. Just what have we become?

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  18. dude

    October 18th, 2011

    Where is the health dept making sure that the food is being properly served and kept? If it was a business, NYC Health Dept would be all over this event. Is Zuccotti Park smoke free? I’m sure it use to be, but I guess laws and rules apply only to taxpayers.

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  19. NastyNat

    October 18th, 2011

    I work about 50 miles from Manhattan. While going to work Saturday evening I stopped to pump gas. I noticed not 20 feet in front of me a filthy hippie type sitting at a bus stop. I wondered is he down on his luck, or just a scumbag. Then he pulled out a hammer and a sign. He walked to the corner and nailed the sign to the utility pole on the corner.

    Now I had to check it out, I finished pumping gas drove to the sign, and lo and behold, it said Occupy Wall Street, and the piece of cardboard was from a box of Oxycotin {sp sic}.

    I tore down the sign and went to work. It wasn’t up for more than 30 seconds…..And that’s all I have to say about that!

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  20. Trixie Bluebell

    October 18th, 2011

    Just wait til it snows. They’ll be gone.

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  21. Bill

    October 18th, 2011

    The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.
    Benjamin Rush
    Signer of the Declaration of Independence

    Death to islam!

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  22. Dale

    October 18th, 2011

    Mom and Dad are changing the locks on their house,and some are just packing up and moving.

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  23. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    October 18th, 2011

    Yeah. Permits,permits, permits. But the city inspectors are all DemocRATs and Bloomberg will sign off on anything thosecreeps want. Any followup lawsuits will be tried by a DemocRAT judge before a jury composed of Greenwich Villagers.

    NYC, you made your flea-ridden bed, now just lie in it.

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  24. reddecaesari

    October 18th, 2011

    like rats, which have more common sense, this is a good thing that these idiots are identified. perhaps they could be “tagged” so we can monitor when they are released back into wild.

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  25. Geri

    October 18th, 2011

    ” but the protesters do not need any more thongs or high heels. For some reason (Occupy Scores?), they’ve received tons of those.”

    That George Soros thinks of EVERYTHING, doesn’t he??? Bless his heart.

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  26. Jerry Manderin

    October 18th, 2011

    Let’s hope one of the community organizers whips up a huge vat of Jim Jones Kool-Aid for all occubaggers to slurp down.

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  27. Burrmigo

    October 18th, 2011

    What’s with all the paper plates and plastic cups?

    Hypocrite much?

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  28. Poodleskirt

    October 18th, 2011

    If Bloomberg had half a brain, he’d just dump thousands of fire ants in Zucotti Park by all of the sleeping bags.

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  29. Corona

    October 18th, 2011

    If Bloomberg had half a brain I think he would spontaneously combust.

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  30. Menderman

    October 18th, 2011

    If Bloomberg had half a brain…now that’s funny!!

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  31. Anonymous

    October 18th, 2011

    I’d say, do what our ancestors did with the original inhabitants of Manhattan. Give them some beads and “clean” blankets for the land. (They already have they’re own supply of diseases!)

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  32. General P.Malaise

    October 18th, 2011

    I have rethought my definition of stupid people

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  33. Berlet98

    October 19th, 2011

    The Things Liberals Get Away With!

    No political party or philosophy has a monopoly on stupidity but with the stranglehold liberal Democrats have on the mainstream media most of the American public never gets to hear about ignorant, stupid, racist, and otherwise bigoted utterances and actions of Leftists and if and when they do become public knowledge, they are usually soon buried by the MSM and never resurrected again.

    We heard fast and furiously when Ronald Reagan said trees caused more pollution than cars, when Dan Quayle misspelled “potatoes,” when George W. Bush committed his countless gaffes, when Sarah Palin swore she could see Russia from her porch, even when Jerry Falwell speculated that Tinky Winky must be gay because he was purple and triangulated.

    We rarely if ever heard of Democrat Rep. John Conyers’ admission that he hadn’t a clue what the Obamacare bill contained before he voted for it, of Democrats Joe Biden’s or Nancy Pelosi’s numerous exercises in inserting feet into mouths, of liberal commentator Anderson Cooper slandering the Tea Party with a homosexual reference to “teabagging,” or of Democrat entertainer Sheryl Crow’s environmentalist advocacy of the one sheet of toilet paper rule.

    One of President Barack Hussein Obama’s earliest gaffes, his claim to have visited 57 of America’s 58 states during the 2008 campaign, went unreported and unnoticed for almost two years before it was given grudging attention by the MSM after everyone else was aware of it thanks largely to Fox News and the conservative branch of the blogosphere.

    Instances of vicious idiocy, the vile things America-hating, “freedom-loving,” diversity-plugging Leftists say, do, and get away with lately could fill volumes.

    A select few:

    . At Achieve Early College High School in McAllen, Texas, situated 10 miles from the Mexican border, students were required to stand and recite the Mexican national anthem and Mexican pledge of allegiance in a Spanish class.

    To her enviably patriotic credit, 15 year old Brenda Brindson refused and said later, “I just thought it was out of hand, I didn’t think it was right. Reciting pledges to Mexico and being loyal to it has nothing to do with learning Spanish.”

    Young Ms. Brindson deserves the Medal of Freedom. Repercussions for her Mexican native teacher? None.

    . President Barack Hussein Obama, aptly characterized as “The Gaffe Machine” by Michelle Malkin, often ventures beyond mere mental and verbal lapses into the realm of downright venomous–and dumb–attacks.

    Our perpetually-campaigning president on the non-campaign road again re-launched an ancient Dem canard when he said that the Republican jobs plan boiled down to “Dirtier air, dirtier water, less people with health insurance” as opposed to his plan to put people back to work.

    Aside from our scholar-leader’s grammatical faux pas in saying “less” when “fewer” is the correct usage, that tired crowd-pleasing line presupposes Republicans revel in the idea of breathing foul air and drinking fetid water, want their kids and grandkids to do the same, and get off by depriving Americans of proper medical attention and unemployment lines.

    Will the media rebuke Obama for his mud-slinging? That’s as likely as the MSM condemning Nancy Pelosi for saying “women can die on the floor” if House Republicans passed the Protect Life Act. (They did; no dead women on any floors, yet.)

    . The full story of arch-Leftist actress Susan Sarandon may never be told although she recently displayed her extreme liberalism and bigoted anti-Catholic spleen in Long Island’s elitist Sag Harbor. . .
    (Read more at http://www.genelalor.com/blog1/?p=5741.)

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