This is our disgusting Mayor Doomberg, coward and quisling. How duplicitous is this useful idiot? It took six months to get a permit for our 911 freedom Rally on the tenth anniversary of 911. They shut us down at exactly 5:30 pm. We asked for 15 more minutes for the harpist and G-d Bless America, and they said absolutely not. NYPD said our permit was for 5:30pm. Period.
But these lawless dregs have complete run of this now filthy area of lower Manhattan. And the Mayor calls this free speech. This asshat does not even understand the first amendment. The intepretation of these protests as symbolic of free speech is wrong. There is a distinction between speech and action. They do not have the right to co-opt and take over public parks or shut down public streets. This is of course started with the hippie revolutionaries in the sixties. It should have been stopped then.
It is public property. They do not have the right to do what they want with it whenever they want. Is there no Mayor brave enough to take this on? This should be adjudicated by the Supreme Court.
Occupy Wall Street costs local businesses $479,400! NY Post Exclusive hat tip Pamela Hall
It makes no cents.
The Occupy Wall Street movement has cost surrounding businesses $479,400 so far, store owners said.
A Post survey of a dozen restaurants, jewelry shops, beauty salons, a chain store and mom-and-pop establishments tallied almost a half-million dollars lost in the 53 days since the Zuccotti Park siege began on Sept. 17.
“We’re done with them!” barked one Broadway business owner. The restaurateur -- who requested anonymity for fear of reprisals -- said his profits drained as soon as campers moved in.
“My customers used to take food to eat in the park, but now they can’t,” he lamented.TRASH TALK: Occupy Wall Street protesters have cost local businessmen like Mike Rauach, of VIP Men’s Suits, dearly. Customers “run away,” he says.
With clogged streets, aggressive signs and stories of predators and criminals lurking among the knot of protesters, business owners and managers say shoppers are not taking the risk of coming to the area.
“They think the protesters are violent,” said Jewelry 21 manager Danny Nia.
It’s worst on Saturdays, when protesters parade up and down Broadway all day long, the businesses said.
“When they march on the sidewalk, everyone runs away,” said Mike Rauach, owner of VIP Men’s Suits on Broadway. “They kill business.”
Some businesses have suffered higher staffing costs. Stubborn occupiers, for example, often hold impromptu meetings inside coffee shop Pret a Manger, forcing workers to stay hours past closing time.
“They’d keep asking for 20 minutes, 20 minutes,” one worker complained.
And the coffee shop has lost loyal customers who now can’t find a place to sit.
“But we can’t tell [OWS protesters] to leave,” the worker added.
The movement costs the dozen businesses just over $9,000 a day.
That figure doesn’t include money spent on toilet paper, cleaning supplies and repairs, businesses said, as the tent dwellers turn bathrooms into personal washrooms.
On two separate occasions the owner of the Essex World Cafe has rolled up his gate to find someone had defecated on it overnight.
“It must be a good place for them to hide,” the owner cringed.
Next door at Ho Yip, a Chinese restaurant, filthy clothes and underwear carpet the bathroom floor, the manager said.
“I have to pick it up,” the manager groused.
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(FoxNews.com) Small business owners and local residents fed up with the “Occupiers” at Zuccotti Park in New York City are planning a counterprotest and news conference of their own Monday, to make clear the crowd has long overstayed its welcome — and that businesses will not survive if the “occupation” continues.
Flyers are being passed around at small businesses and residential buildings around the park in downtown Manhattan promoting a “Protest against the Occupy Wall St. and Mayor Bloomberg who does nothing to get them to leave.”