As of Saturday, September 17th, protesters have officially "occupied" Wall Street. Again. In an attempt to annoy "suits" and those working in finance, groups such as Anonymous and Adbusters have taken over the section between Broadway and Water in a protest against corporate greed. Again. To the annoyance of local residents (such as myself). Perhaps they didn't get the memo that most of the banks and "bad guys" now occupy Midtown --not Wall Street. With the exception of NYSE, Deutsche Bank and Bank of New York, most financial firms abandoned the area years ago. I get that protesting the actual street named "Wall" is symbolic but most of the people they're actually affecting are residents and non-banking related businesses that now occupy the area. In other words, if the whole point is to annoy the actual "suits", their target demographic is off. If they really want to piss off the banks and corporate a-holes, why aren't they in Midtown? Personally, I don't get it, and I'm not really sure why no one else is asking the same question. While it's a worthy cause, they should be hitting the banks where it counts --Midtown!
This is no normal one day protest, either. The group plans to stick around "incessantly" indefinitely until,"Barack Obama capitulates" the demand to "publicly deliver [their] manifesto to the White House and to the American media."
I guess we Financial District residents should start packing our bags now.