Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Places to Protest And/Or Avoid This Week, Depending on Your Inclination

I mean, I'm all for marching on the Upper East Side, particularly on Jamie Dimon's house, in part because who doesn't love stopping in at the Tom Ford store, but you know if your protest is based in the Financial District, you don't really have to hike that far. (Though some good old ones are up there, sure!) You want plutocrats? Average price per square foot on residential real estate is higher in Soho and TriBeCa than it is on the Upper East Side. At least you could just stop at Gramercy and the Flatiron, where in new developments, the neighborhood is "the only part of Manhattan to average more than $2,000 per square foot." Plus you can stop by Paz de la Huerta's house in TriBeCa and you can save wear and tear on your poor people shoes, which don't last long, as they were made by such tiny delicate fingers overseas.

And don't forget we're making new friends all the time! Likely "10,000 financial-services job cuts in New York City by the end of 2012," and then they'll be out there on the streets protesting too.

Meanwhile, in other upcoming events, mark your calendars, if you like (either to be present or to be out of the way): today at 3 p.m., it's a march on Chase bank; Saturday, people march from Liberty Square on Chase bank again to support customers closing their accounts; and then, later Saturday, at 5 p.m., it's the occupation of Times Square. (Spoiler: that's not going to end well!)

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Rod T (#33)

My mom (who hasn't been here in ten years) and aunt (who has never been here) are arriving tonight for a long weekend visit. Which of these protests is the most "mom-friendly"?

Rod T (#33)

@Rod T Is there maybe a Gray Line "Protest Loop"?

SidAndFinancy (#4,328)

@Rod T: Bring them to Liberty Plaza/Zuccotti Park, which is the heart of it anyway. It's really not more crowded in the surrounding area than it usually is due to tourism (WTC, Wall St. etc.).

It's easy to circumnavigate the plaza itself, as the NYPD maintains a pedestrian sidewalk perimeter. For that matter, the protesters keep open avenues within the plaza, demarcated with tape (more or less).

alorsenfants (#139)

Really not much soul in Soho, Tribeca and the Flatiron — really never has been, not even in the 70's, when they were bleak, skeletal factory districts… but it goes to show, if they have become the most expensive places to live, that the kind of jerks who comprise the 1% don't even know what's good.

But maybe money can't buy you a place in the West Village, since everyone there is staying put?

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