“Occupy Wall Street” Coming To Lincoln Center Tonight

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011


If you live near Lincoln Center and were expecting some peace and quite tonight, you might be in for surprise.

Occupy Wall Street is heading north this evening, with a rally at at the normally sedate Lincoln Center scheduled for 7:00 pm tonight.

The blog at WQXR has all the details. OWS is heading to the neighborhood to show solidarity with a previously planned demonstration by The Granny Peace Brigade.

Granny Peace Brigade’s website states the protest will be at “the fountain in Lincoln Center” (likely Josie Robertson Plaza at Columbus & 64th), but lists the address as Broadway & 66th. Either way, I’m sure they won’t be hard to miss.

GPB (which seems to have a completely different agenda than OWS) is planning a “silent vigil.” It will be interesting to see if the OWS group maintains that silence or branches out into a rowdier protest — there were close to 100 arrests on Saturday when OWS protesters moved into Times Square. As WQXR writes: “Past OWS protests have been characterized by loud bongo drums [and] chanting crowds.”

It should be an interesting scene to say the least. There’s a 7:00 pm “War Horse” show at the Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater and various 7:30 pm performances at nearby Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and the Metropolitan Opera House. I’m sure patrons didn’t think they’d have to pass through the middle of a political rally when they bought their tickets.

@KarolNYC tweeted to say that some nearby buildings are being notified of the protest as a warning.

While I haven’t seen it reported anywhere else, Metro New York claims that OWS is actually “mulling setting up a second tent city” in Lincoln Center. I find that highly unlikely and assume it’s either a misquote, misunderstanding, or just some far-fetched idea proposed by whomever Metro spoke/e-mailed with.

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