The Indypendent — Bloombergville Lives: Consigned to a Sidewalk across from City Hall, Protesters Refuse to Give Up but Struggle to Increase Their NumbersPosted: June 20, 2011
June 20 —
It’s 7 am on a Saturday morning and a row of sleeping bags wraps around the base of the Woolworth Building from Park Place onto Broadway. Covered from the elements by scaffolding, two dozen bleary-eyed campers (including this reporter) slowly wake up amid stacks of empty pizza boxes and a scattering of homemade protest signs.
Welcome to “Bloombergville”, a protest encampment launched on Tuesday June 14 to protest Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s efforts to cut hundreds of millions of dollars from vital government programs and services and lay-off thousands of city workers.