Photo courtesy Johanna Clearfield
We all know Zuccotti Park is where the OWS’ers have been camping, but an article in Business Week tells another story. Apparently many of the organizers have been having their meetings a few blocks away at 60 Wall Street, ironically the headquarters of Deutsche Bank. You can read the 10/26/2011 article by Mark Gimein here:
60 Wall Street: The Real Headquarters Of OWS
The space is large, oppulent and apparently only one of two fully-enclosed indoor spaces in Lower Manhattan, according to the definitive source, ‘Privately Owned Public Space: The New York City Experience’ by Jerrold S. Kayden. The other space is 180 Maden Lane. It was a surprising discovery the last time I went scouting for pocket parks. My son and I entered on Wall Street into the space that extends clear through to Pine Street.
Seats and movable tables line the perimeter as well as a variety of food options. There is also an escalator to the subway which, I believe, is the number 2 and 3 lines. With its low lighting, marble tiles and columns, it was a welcome respite on a day when the sky was alternately spitting and pouring down rain.