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Occupy Wall Street Protesters To Erect Larger Tents In Zuccotti Park

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(credit: Peter Haskell/WCBS 880)

(credit: Peter Haskell/WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Occupy Wall Street protesters are going big tent.

They’ve decided to swap out many of the numerous little tents that have dotted Zuccotti Park in favor of much larger tents that will house more people.

1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reports: “Giving The Movement A New Face”

As it is, the smaller tents that were set up were against the rules of the park. No word yet on how the owners of the owners of the park will respond to the larger tents.

Previously, the Fire Department moved into the park to confiscate generators and gas canisters put in place as temperatures dropped.

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell On The New Tents

Separately, hundreds of protesters marched from Washington Heights to Zuccotti Park today – roughly 11 miles – in an effort to drum up support and involve folks from other parts of the city. Later tonight, they are planning an “Occupy Harlem” event, with the tagline “You say gentrify, we say occupy.”

“Our communities have been devastated by the economic assault on middle class and poor families, even as Wall Street has enjoyed a historic financial bonanza,” said State Senator Adriano Espaillat, according to the Occupy Wall Street website. “We are marching together because we want to stand up for the 99% who have been left behind in this economy and build a stronger society that works for all Americans, not just the select few.”

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond On The March

Espaillat said that for decades the communities have been facing the same conditions that Occupy Wall Street is complaining about including unemployment, unaffordable housing and poor quality education.

“We’re here marching down to Wall Street to give this movement a new face to show them that we’re in solidarity with them,” Espaillat told 1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks.

Their goals include a millionaire’s tax and affordable housing.

What do you make of the move to erect larger tents in the park? Sound off in our comments section.

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