Interesting that the entire first floor is what is considered dangerous. The upper floors are fine?
Here is a link to the Building Department history of this building.
10:30 PM PT: Two videos of the eviction:
According to the google map
this was adjacent to Zucotti Park so they could of only been there since September at the earliest. So if this building had an order to vacate since March the landlord just bought himself a lawsuit.
H/T to Just Bob:
Earlier this morning, Global Revolution Studios was ordered to vacate from their building by the NYPD in conjunction with the building department. It took three separate departments visiting 13 Thames to finally come up with a reason to remove the Global Revolution team with a posted notice despite having all applicable paperwork for the department of buildings in order. The reason given to me by the Global Revolution team is “A made up sprinkler condition.” Supporting this allegation of falsified conditions is that the very same building passed the same inspection standards back in 2011 in the month of November with no comments or concerns as to the buildings integrity or its sprinkler system.
It’s also odd how the first floor and cellar is imminently perilous to human life, and the floors directly above are perfectly fine. Even the person living illegally in the basement is perfectly fine where he is, meaning it’s specifically the area that Global Rev occupies and nothing else. One could accurately allege that this was a direct attack against one of the major voices of the movement and considering Global Revolutions direct affiliation with the Occupy movement; has made it an obvious target for this attack on free speech. The overreaching plan of these actions has been to suppress the ability of Occupy to communicate and to share the movements’ collective stories as they unfurl. By being a nexus of streams and information, authorities are attempting to do a top-down decapitation of the movements’ media coverage by once again isolating the information to the general public.
Here is a video of the studio taken in November:
Tue Jan 03, 2012 at 8:54 AM PT: OT but my favorite meme flying about Twitter right now:
You can tell Monopoly is an old game because there's a luxury tax and rich people can go to jail.
Tue Jan 03, 2012 at 1:22 PM PT: I am now getting unverified reports through Twitter that the site has been raided again and the NYPD is destroying equipment.
Last night around 8 PM police and fire marshals showed up, entered the space without a warrant and notified the residents that they would be evicted today. Today around 3 PM, 13-1 Thames, half of the split-residence first floor of the building was evicted and sealed. Police warned that they “may return” later today to evict 15-1, the Occupy HQ.
Residents are reporting to Superchief that they suspect the order to vacate is a targeted attack – likely towards a Global Rev organizer Vlad, and his 4-month pregnant wife. They report that they were able to remove an 800 pound server containing their video archives and their important documents last night.
Police did not specifically issue an order to vacate last night. Rather, they are enforcing a year-old order to vacate – which may or may not be selectively enforced now based on the Occupy presence in the space.
A resident has confirmed 5 arrested, one of whom is Vlad of the livestream. He also claims that police damaged camera equipment upon entering the building Tuesday afternoon.
Hearing now that Vlad and others of @GlobalRevLive has been arrested and taken to the 90th precinct in BK
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