All photos taken today, Saturday, November 19, 2011 between 7:10-7:40AM. Resized and resampled to VGA. Click any to enlarge.
These are all except for maybe four photos, which didn’t come out well. Photos are posted in the order they were taken.
The Occupy storage space now has this in its window:
I don’t know why. Do they?
Liberty Plaza is completely surrounded by new barricades, probably purchased by Brookfield. There is only one way to enter, on the Liberty Street side — and if you’re not careful, you can even miss that entrance. They are not encouraging people to enter.
Brookfield security (yellow vests) was out in force. There were also some Brookfield sanitation (orange vests). They were very few NYPD. The two surveillance units remain in place. As you’ll see, there were also a few Occupiers.
I didn’t give a shit who recognized me. I went in and took the pictures I wanted. Fuck fear.
That was the only placard anywhere. I’m surprised Brookfield and NYPD let it stay.
Here are the hardcore Occupiers …
… cropped-zoom …
… it was cold and windy and you had to be hardcore to be out there in that Plaza, on the cold stone, at that hour. Me, I had to be in the area. If I had a choice, I would have been home, warm, inside.
What you can’t see is that there’s one person in a black coat who has duct-taped words on his back: OWS FOR LIFE.
And I have no idea what’s up with that umbrella. It wasn’t raining. And if he or she thinks that will prevent surveillance, forget it. Everyone in that area has been captured and databased — including me, I’m sure. All those photographers with good cameras who passed through? Some of them were NYPD Intel, I’d bet.
Closer pic of the bit of spray paint I saw Eviction Day morning:
They must have dome some more scrubbing. It’s hardly there.
I’d forgotten all about how pigeons would visit:
A bit of paint still here:
Another crop-zoom of the hardcore:
That’s a hella lotta barricades …
… they’ve already got the entire Plaza inside a double ring of barricades. Do they intend to triple-up?
The Burger King View:
Back to ground level:
Some people have argued with me about the destruction of the Liberty Plaza plants, saying it’s the end of the year and those plants would be dead anyway. No. Here’s the plant bed right across the street:
That NYPD surveillance unit:
It was probably capturing me while I was capturing it.
No TV trucks, but the NYPD Mobile Communications Command Center remains:
Crop-zoom of the hardcore:
And no longer any TV trucks at all:
I don’t think Liberty Plaza can ever be re-occupied. Even trying it on a holiday would be unsuccessful. There will always be those willing to do holiday duty as security for triple-time pay. I don’t think we’ll ever see another occupation like that anywhere in Manhattan.
Take the “occupy” out of “Occupy Wall Street” — and Wall Street wins. Again.
Previously in the Protest Category