The Pros and Cons of Life at Zuccotti Park

There's good food, but your stuff might get ripped off
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2011 11:57 AM CDT
An 'Occupy Wall Street' demonstrator makes a sign as others sleep in Zuccotti Park after marching in the financial district on October 14, 2011 in New York City.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – 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.

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