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Update from the Occupied (Wall St.) Territories

I received this notice from my apartment building this morning:

This morning, the Occupy Wall Street group was removed from the sidewalks and was told that they will no longer be permitted to sleep on the sidewalks in the neighborhood. They are currently occupying the steps of Federal Hall, which falls under Federal Park Service jurisdiction. The attorneys hired in the fall by a group of concerned residents (including myself) in various buildings as well as several business owners in the neighborhood have been told by NYC that they’re trying to enforce the law and may need affadavits from neighbors about the impact of the OWS sleeping-on-the-sidewalk protests.

Federal Hall sits on the site of the first capitol building of the United States, on Wall Street directly across from the New York Stock Exchange. (It was also the site of George Washington’s first presidential inauguration, and the site where the Bill of Rights was introduced in the first Congress.)

How much do you want to bet that the National Park Service doesn’t lift a finger to address neighbors’ complaints?

Avik Roy — Avik Roy is the President of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity (, a non-partisan, non-profit think tank.

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