03/09/17 3:13pm
Something about the statue - via Wikimedia

Lady Liberty participated in the Day Without a Woman this week. Photo via Wikimedia

In a poignant (albeit random and totally unplanned) display, the Statue of Liberty went dark for a few hours Tuesday night due to a Parks Service lighting mix-up. Accidental or not, the blackout’s timing couldn’t have been better, coming days after the release of President Trump’s new travel ban (hell, The New Yorker even called it a month ago) and minutes before International Women’s Day, as if to say that Lady Liberty herself was striking alongside her sisters (early because she’s still on France time, obviously). But 2017 is a rough year for everyone, not just giant green women, so why should the Statue of Liberty be the only inanimate object protesting? Not to worry, we’ve got a few ideas of how the rest of the city’s non-human inhabitants might follow Lib’s lead and get in on the protest game. (more…)

02/01/17 3:27pm
Resist Trump Tuesdays Schumer Grand Army Plaza

Keep on fightin’ and using fruit puns, friends. Photo by John Wentz.

Yesterday was Tuesday, so naturally Park Slopers and farther afield Brooklynites came together to resist Trump under the organization of activist groups #ResistTrumpTuesdays and Resist Trump New York.

Protesters — about 1,400 to 2,000 people, one NYPD Community Affairs officer estimated — densely packed Prospect Park West by Grand Army Plaza, in front of Senator Chuck Schumer’s home. Some signs roasted Schumer, telling him to “grow a spine,” “grow a pear,” “stop confirming fascists,” “stop crying start fighting,” and to “resist or resign,” while others were less disparaging and more encouraging — “Chuck, we need a hero!” “use the filibuster,” and “keep it up Chuck.”

If you missed the protest last night, you’ll definitely have more chances: #ResistTrumpTuesdays, which is affiliated with the Working Families Party and has been resisting Trump on Tuesdays since the start of the year, will be hosting another protest next week — this time across the river in Columbus Circle — and many more times beyond that. Details are forthcoming, but our guess is the event will be in the evening, the world will still not have achieved peace, and America will still be being governed by an evil tyrant cheeto.

01/30/17 8:40am
'Not this time, motherf--ker:' How Brooklyn raged against Trump's Muslim ban this weekend

A much-photographed sign at the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse on Saturday night. Via @sushmitasp on Instagram.

President Trump has had just two Saturdays of his presidency so far and they’ve both been met with unprecedented national protest. Protesters flocked to JFK Saturday night until it was all but physically impossible to get there; then they shifted their attention to Cadman Plaza outside the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse, where a judge would eventually grant a temporary stay on Trump’s order. The scene at Cadman Plaza drew hundreds of people, musicians and people handing out free cheese plates, all channeling the righteous anger shown in one of the most popular protest signs of the weekend: “First they came for the Muslims, and I said ‘Not this time, motherfucker.'”

That a Brooklyn federal judge was the first to rule on the stay was a coincidence of jurisdiction, but it’s hard not to find some top notes of Brooklyn pride that the decision, and its related protests, was issued from Downtown Brooklyn in a city rife with immigrants, where you can see the Statue of Liberty from a train window on your commute into work. New Yorkers felt the worst effects of 9/11 and came out of it with a resolve to be more tolerant of others, not less. The overall message from New York to the residents of Trump’s America was: If we’re not scared, why the hell are you? Here’s a snapshot of how Brooklyn reacted to the events of the weekend: (more…)

10/15/12 12:00pm

Land of the free, home of Big Bird via Million Muppet March

[UPDATE: As of 5:30 pm, both the facebook page and website for this event have disappeared. Did our premonitions of cease and desist trademark injunctions come true? Does it mean the puppet parade is cancelled? The Oracle (i.e., Google) doesn’t seem to have any more info. Stay tuned for breaking Muppet news.]

Unlike occupiers of another famous street, the Occupy Sesame Street movement is getting organized! Puppet enthusiasts are rallying to take their googly-eyed, faux-fur, giant talking bird loving campaign to save public broadcasting to the nation’s capital with a Million Muppet March on Washington, D.C. on November 3 – just three days before the general election. (more…)

02/23/12 2:19pm

Bay Ridge? More like NAY Ridge!

Attention enraged peoples of Bay Ridge, Gravesend and Bensonhurst — and we know there are a lot of you, judging by your comments on this post: You now have a public forum to express your distress at Oxygen’s latest stereotype-laden, girls behaving badly program Brooklyn 11223. As highlighted by The Bensonhurst Bean, Councilman Vincent Gentile and a group of “unnamed prominent Bay Ridge women” will host “a press conference in defense of our neighborhood” tomorrow. The protestors will meet outside of the Beyond Dance Studio 8717 Third Ave. at 11am to address their grievances with they say is the show’s crude and reductive portrayal of Bay Ridge residents, grievance including that the zip code isn’t even in Bay Ridge. Well guys, now you know how New Jersey feels.

The grand view of Grand Army Plaza. photos by Anna Jacobson

Although many chants were the same, the scene at Occupy Brooklyn yesterday was quite different than the one in Zuccotti Park. There was also free pizza at Grand Army Plaza, but one pie was sufficient for the crowd, which boasted more strollers than facial tattoos and cheered cops for being so “accommodating” when they set up more barricades. True to a Park Slope rally, there were families, mature artists, old-timey bands and borough Prez Marty Markowitz. Many of the protesters had been to Wall Street, but rallied at Grand Army because they live in the borough and argued that the joblessness, foreclosures, and income disparity they are protesting were all more obvious in Brooklyn than in the Financial District.