Construction Materials Expropriated from Luxury Developments in Manhattan, Delivered to Victims of Sandy

From New York Year Zero NEW YORK, NY—Over the past two weeks, a group of concerned New Yorkers has been expropriating thousands of dollars worth of tools and materials from luxury residential developments across Manhattan and delivering them to neighborhoods devastated by Superstorm Sandy. The confiscated materials, some of them never even used, include: shovels, wheelbarrows, hand trucks, pry bars, tarps, buckets, hard bristle brooms, industrial rope, contractor trash bags, particulate masks, work lights, work gloves, flashlights, heat lamps, and gasoline. Liberated from their role in building multimillion-dollar pieds-à-terre for wealthy CEOs and Hollywood celebrities, these tools are now in the collective hands of some of the hardest-hit communities in the city where they are now being allocated and shared among the people who need them most. These expropriations will continue as long as the demand for them exists. The targeted developments are being financed with over a billion dollars in bank loans plus untold millions in tax breaks from the city. All are slated to become high-end residential towers with apartments starting at upwards of $2 million, all no doubt with unparalleled views of the city—perhaps even all the way to its outer edges, where tens of thousands remain without power, heat, and hot water weeks after the storm. People continue to wait hours in line for blankets and batteries while the tools to improve their lives, the tools to help them literally dig themselves out from under the rubble, sit idle behind chained fences, safely tucked in beneath all-weather tarps or locked inside heated office trailers. These buildings sit on some of the most valuable real estate in the world owned by some of the most powerful people on the planet. While residents of Red Hook, Coney Island, the Rockaways, and elsewhere fill up plastic milk jugs with water from leaking fire hydrants and line up at FEMA trucks for bags of crackers, the gears of capitalism grind away just a few miles over, churning out square footage ever skyward in a tribute to Mayor Bloomberg’s New York City—the ultimate "luxury product." Channeling its inner Scrooge, the New York City Housing Authority last week offered a "Christmas present" to its residents: a promise of a rent credit, effective sometime in the future, and only after they pay this month’s rent in full. The MTA is also getting in the holiday spirit, refusing to refund Metrocards for the days lost while the subway was shut down just as they push forward with another planned fare hike. How can people make rent when they can’t even get to their jobs? Perhaps this question was at the back of the mind of Anthony Narh, a parking attendant who literally worked himself to death during the storm inside an underground garage in TriBeCa while the owners of the multimillion-dollar lofts above fled to their second or third homes for safety. Here is New York: a city in which people write rent checks by candlelight, huddle around gas ovens for warmth, and are housed in shelters that are literally prisons—this is a city in which the darkness and misery are indeed all too literal. Luxury up front, desolation behind: this New York is but a cruel Dickensian reboot of a city. A cold winter is nearly upon us. In the coming days, Bloomberg will doubtless be seen doling out turkeys and vague promises at any variety of overflowing city shelters while the shutters snap away. As the rich and powerful ladle out their meager scraps and twist their faces into caring regard, those of us who envision a better world will be out in the streets, maneuvering in the dark, trying.



Good work, comrades. :)

Too bad we can't deliver this stuff to the victims of US bombings in Iraq, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Laos or Cambodia. But hey. Ya gotta do whatcha gotta do...

the milieu's Iraqi, Vietnamese, Afghani, Laotion, and KHMER cells are on it, guys


I agree. They should really be cooking dinner for these people, watching their kids, doing housekeeping, etc.

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Don't forget the duct tape.

This heroism reminds me of an old English Ballad, 'Robin Hood.'

That's what I want a band of merry men (and women) to steal from the rich and give to the poor. All for one and one for all (and every man for himself).

Hmm. Ripping off contractors to help out homeowners in the NY/NJ area. That might not be quite the pure Robin Hood scenario people are imagining.

Smart criminals don't announce their exploits online for the security forces to read and respond to.

yeah, robin hood totally had shitty security culture. guy was def a snitch. -@news analysts

That's awesome! Great great great!

posted this, trying to get conspiracy trolls to dig up info tonight

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