Posted 5 years ago on Nov. 18, 2011, 9:50 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
If you were present when the NYPD attacked Liberty Square (Zuccotti Park) in the middle of the night to raze our encampment and destroy our homes, today is the last day the city is willing to return the personal possessions they stole.
Date(s) - 18 Nov 2011
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Manhattan District 7 Garage (Map)
650 West 56th St.
Tips From The Screen Printing Guild
NYC Sanitation facility is 650 West 56th St near 12th Ave, nearest train is Columbus Circle/59th St.
They said everything wasn’t ”processed” yet, and more would be out Thursday morning. Half of that warehouse was inaccessible and full of stuff from the park when I was there 4pm Weds. (We’re still looking for our squeegees, industrial spray bottles, and the Tshirt blanks. And the big flat box of foam core.)
SO – you write a list of what you’re looking for before they let you in. Be specific in a general kind of way — “bin of art supplies”, not “chalk and brushes” so you have flexibility. You climb three flights of stairs to get to the warehouse, although there’s an elevator in the next building that they let me use for the two tables and big bins I reclaimed. There’s lots of empty bins — pretty much everything has been separated from its container as far as I can see. I found if you talk to the workers enough, and then talk to their supervisors and then talk to their supervisors, you can get by without receipts and they get used to the idea that this is your stuff that you are entitled to retrieve.
The place is open 8a-4p Thurs/Friday but get there by 3ish or they won’t let you in.
If you’ve got something out of the ordinary to find, werq that room. They are all in the Sanitation union, not cops. Talk to people working there, persistent, friendly, calm, and endlessly persistent. Our silk screens appeared where the guys I was talking to were standing, and I’m pretty sure I would have noticed them the first time I walked by..or maybe I was just tired.
You need picture ID, which they check repeatedly against the name/address/phone you wrote on your form. They do not xerox your ID and they do not take your picture. They take a picture of your stuff before you leave. Get your zen together before you go, you’ll need it. xo
I have a friend with a pickup truck parked at Pratt — it’s stick (which I don’t drive) and another friend w a minivan available Friday 3p to do a run 56th Street to downtown. A cab from that facility down to Wall Street is around $30 in traffic – a car service quoted us $60. If you’d like in on a group move, let me know. There were quite a few FOLDING TABLES and POWER TOOLS that were not broken, for instance. There are a lot of tarps, put them on your list. A guy got back his loaded full backpack, with his original locks still on it.
And another note: You do not need ID if you tell them it was taken. Write it on your itemized list. They also have forms to fill out for losses & damages to property.