Friday, October 21, 2011

Occupy Wall Street

My cousin T and I were curious, like much of the country, about the Occupy Wall Street movement.  We headed down to Zuccotti Park last weekend and spent over an hour walking through the village that has been created.  We both came away unexpectedly moved by what we witnessed.

It was crowded:

Media was everywhere:

Persons of Note were there as well (Economist Jeffrey Sachs, known for his work to find solutions to poverty):

The encampment is organized into different areas.  Food is available to anyone who is hungry, and is prepared on site and in a nearby soup kitchen.  Donations have been pouring in from all over the country (world?), and upstate NY farms have been providing produce :

Lunch looked delicious:

Medical care and supplies are available for free:

An area designed for the tired:

Artists at work:

Make your own sign:

Protestors lined the perimeter of the park and shared their thoughts with the world:

And my favorite sign of all....

Art walk in Brooklyn

I recently visited my friend M in Williamsburg, a hipster neighborhood in Brooklyn.  I took a different route than usual to get to her place, and was amazed at the art, intentional and unintentional, that appeared in just a twenty minute stretch. Walk with me...