NYC Google Plus Interest Group Meetup: Quick note about Occupy Wall Street Protestors

From: Stephen T.
Sent on: Monday, October 10, 2011 3:40 PM

Hello everyone.  There have been concerns by a couple people about the "Occupy Wall Street" (http://occupywallst.org) going on in Zuccotti Park a block or so down from Suspender's Bar (111 Broadway, New York, NY), and that might make coming to the NYC Google Plus Interest Group Meetup tonight  an awkward journey in some way.

I don't think there should be any problem really (Mike Bloomberg seems to be okay the protestors staying on in their park "indefinitely" (http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2011/10/10/bloomberg-occupy-wall-street-can-stay-indefinitely/)).  All in all if you have a few extra minutes to walk through the areas that have some of the protestors on the edges it might be an interesting experience (crowdsourcing in action in a way).  They are as the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy once called Earth, "Mostly Harmless" ;) 

I hope that if you find out the protests are there and you were already planning on coming tonight for the Meetup about the Google+ API and Future Ideas for Google+, that it won't sway you in the direction of missing

But if you do have some concerns here are few comments and tips from my experiences of dropping by to observe or even float among the protestors over lunch break because I've been working at 45 Broadway the last few weeks and it's interesting to see the "democracy in action" vibe that the protestors are giving to their little corner of New York.

I had assumed that most people would be taking the subway and stopping at the Wall Street Station (4/5) or the Rector Street Station (R).  If this is the case, and you are just walking from those stations to 111 Broadway there really shouldn't be any impact to your journey.

If you are walking down Broadway past Wall Street  and Zuccotti Park area, if you don't want to get literature attempted to be handed to you, walk on the east side of the street until you get past Wall Street/Zuccotti Park.  If the crowd is really filling the square it could make your walk about twice as long as normal if you are on the Zuccotti park side (figure Times Square on a Friday night.  The other side of the street is a non-Occupied square usually used from street vendors that I've never seen even half full even at lunch.

If you are driving or taking a cab avoid Wall Street as it is blocked off with security gates in that last block or two.   Broadway is likely to be a bit snarled so avoid it from Fulton to Pine Street.  Not sure what the parking situation in the area is. But you might want to figure an extra block or two than you would usually plan for parking at that time of day.

Anyway, it will be good to se everyone who shows up tonight.
 
Please email me if you have any further questions at [address removed] if you have any questions.
 
Stephen Tortora-Lee

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