Will ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Last The Winter? Protesters Preparing As If They Will

Though Some Admit A Move To A Warmer Climate To Demonstrate May Happen

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Now in its third month and with winter on the way, “Occupy Wall Street” protesters are starting to formulate a game plan for the cold months ahead.

But as CBS 2’s Ann Mercogliano reports, not everyone thinks the movement will make it through a New York winter.

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Military tents the size of some New York City studio apartments now sit inside Zuccotti Park. Protesters hope the tents will help them get through the winter. They’re also playing another role – as a safe space just for women.

Yet another may act as a sort of medical tent.

“People come in here with anything from a blister on their hand. We’ve had cases of hypothermia,” protester Pauly Kastora said. “Oh, yeah we’ve had multiple cases of hypothermia.”

Inside this military tent there’s a makeshift first aid station complete with cold medicines, bandages even a wheelchair.

Then, there’s also “pedal power.” The city has been citing safety concerns recently and took out the protester’s generators. They said they’ve found an alternative, though.

Bicycle powered generators.

One woman at the bike station couldn’t show Mercogliano how it works, but assured her it does.

“Yeah, but right now not everything is not completely up and running and three bikes is not enough to power the whole park,” protester Lauren Minis said.

To survive, protesters say they not only need power, but a place for pets. So recently, they said a care center for animals cropped up.

Will the movement make it through the cold winter ahead now armed with pedal power and first aid army tents?

“I think a lot of occupiers might start moving to southern cities or somewhere where it’s warmer,” protester Adam Smith said.

He wasn’t the only protester to tell Mercogliano that.

Protesters said they plan on buying possibly as many as 20 army tents, each costing about $25,000. They said the tents would be paid for through some of the hundreds of thousands of dollars donated to the group.

Tents are against the rules at the park, but the company that owns the land has declined to enforce that rule for weeks.

Most of the protesters who have been living in the park have been staying in lightweight, two-person tents.

Maria Failing has been working at the park for three and a half weeks and says there is a key difference between the two types of tents.

“They’re weather proof, the other ones were not,” she said.

Protesters are also putting wooden pallets on the ground and covering them with foam insulation board.

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he was told by the Buildings Department that the new tents are not in violation of any building codes, but said he still has concerns about some of the behavior in the park.

“There have been reports in the papers of people defecating in alleys and that sort of thing. We’ve got a lot of police out there looking to make sure that doesn’t happen,” Bloomberg said. “But if there’s some place that we didn’t see, give us a call and we’ll make sure. Call 311 and we’ll take a look at it.”

Toilets were donated to the demonstrators last week.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • Edward R. Murrow

    Good night and good luck…

  • Huh

    Show Susan Sarandon a picture of the pope…that should keep her warm…

  • jerseyjoey

    Tell you, im suprised how republicans are letting this bother them so, after all they have all the answers right? Palease enough already, its just misguided youth right???? I’ll say this tho, if these folks or OWSers really give a rats A** about America and greed then they need to take it in mass to the steps of the capital building in washington DC that is where the blame resides for all the mess. After all, Banks and Corporate America only are doing what thier mentor the Gov allows them to do, student like teacher.

    • Tent rats

      This is nothing more than a tent city for the low life. Something should be done to clean this up and put an end to it asap.

      I agree with you this should be moved to the Capital then let’s see what would happen. I mean really who is being greedy now. There are no NYPD recruits this year entering training because of this.

      Really I wish they would pick up their tents and bottles they use for toilets and go home.

  • Andrew Nutra

    Can I protest in sunny Florida? Texas? As much I want to stay in NYC and be with my brothers and sisters out in the cold, I think the hot, I mean, southern states need our help too!

  • The Realist

    They interviewed a protester named MARIA FAILING – that says it all.

  • Jerry Frey


    not likely. Tthis movement will reorganize during the winter and reappear like robins in the spring!

    See for yourself.


  • Huh

    I wonder how many celebrities will be hanging out there on a cold January night??
    Susan Sarandon you out there??

  • 1%


  • Frank


  • Andrew Nutra

    Moving south to demonstrate? NICE!!!! Less snowstorms in Florida.

  • Al Right

    The OWS Movement has collected over $600,000 in donations so far, and yet the homeless are shunned from partaking in their 5-Star Chef prepared meals…

    How about… Occupy a Soup Kitchen?
    Get more ows facts on my site:

  • Al Right

    The OWS Movement has collected over $700,000 in donations so far, and yet the homeless are shunned from partaking in their 5-Star Chef prepared meals…

    How about… Occupy a Soup Kitchen?
    Get more ows facts on my site:

  • Andrew Nutra

    To OWS, I’m nowhere near one of the 1 percenters but PLEASE do not represent me. I work for a living. I majored in liberal arts. Sure it took awhile to get a job but I worked hard and persevered. I always believed this is a land of opportunities and not guarantees. I sometimes get frustrated but know enough that you can’t drum your way to a better system of government. I support your right to voice your opinions but shooing away the homeless, fighting the cold and occupying private land will not change anything.

  • Andrew Nutra

    OWS: playing 60s radicals they saw on TV because the liberal arts degree they mastered in is not doing them any good in a down economy. Well guess what? Drumming and kicking out the homeless and ex-cons will not help you either. This is a land of opportunity not guarantees. Maybe you shouldn’t have borrowed $200K to master in Medieval Eastern Ugandan poetry.

  • Park to permanent residence

    This is no longer a protest . . . this has turned into an environmental study on how to convert a park into your home and how to get away with it. Next thing you know, there will be mail delivery to the residents of Zuccotti Park!

  • Frank

    The burning weed inside the tents will keep them nice and toasty.

    • Andrew Nutra

      Also the burning feeling in their pants

  • Saltine

    Another “feel-good-about-ObamaWS” article, I see!!!!!

    And what’s this about putting up even more tents???? Didn’t Bloomberg say NO TENTS???!

    WTF are they trying to fool???

  • SokrMom

    The 1% only WISHES that Occupy Wall Street will go away! Nice try, CBS!

    • Bloomberg_the_Failure

      Only losers support the protesters. They should spend their time looking for jobs.

      • Jerry Frey

        only a loser would make such a comment since you are not in command of the facts

        • Amtracmarine

          Most of the OSW tools don’t have the facts they are just following what Adbusters dictates that they should do. Oh, and they aren’t the 99%ers. since they’ve seen fit to exclude the truly homeless and down and out.

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