What’s it like living in Zuccotti Park? Here are some pros and cons in the life of an Occupy Wall Street protester:
- Con: Your stuff might get stolen. Protesters tell the New York Post that thieves have been stealing cameras, phones, laptops, and even thousands of dollars in donated cash.
- Pro: You don’t need any money. Tim Murphy spent a day in the park, and writes in New York that some of the protesters are totally broke. But the Comfort Station provides free toiletries, blankets, and even clothes; medical care can be obtained for no charge at the Health Care Station; and some locals are even offering up their apartments for the occasional shower.
- Con: You might get trench foot. Though bedbugs are apparently not a problem, the Health Care Station does see a lot of “yucky feet,” writes Murphy. Donated socks and foot powder are hot tickets.
- Pro: You’ll be fed well. Murphy confirms that food is not only free and plentiful but healthy and tasty. He describes his meal as “some yummy kale-garlic-black-bean thing, spinach-Feta quiche, roasted sweet potatoes, a variety of hearty baked pasta dishes, and not one but two desserts: a crustless apple-ginger pie and a rustic bread pudding.”
- Con: You won’t get any sleep. Though the park gets significantly quieter after dark, Murphy reports that actual sleep is rare. If you want to attempt a good night’s rest, you have to make a “sandwich” involving cardboard, a yoga mat, a sleeping bag, and a tarp, then get in while wearing layers and earplugs.
Click for Murphy’s full run-down
, which includes free WiFi and cigarettes.