NYU Occupation: Late Night Thread


12:05 – Negotiations continue, kick up those comments.

12:10 – Students just took over 4th st Santa clause 2 the download. in front of Kimmel. LOTS of people. Photo to follow.

12:14 – Tipster says cops are congregating by Skirball Center (side of Kimmel, for those who don’t know). Apparently we are unable to see them. I’ll take a look and see if I can get a pic.

More after the jump.

12:24 – More confirmation of lots of cops on east side of Kimmel. Anastasia called me out in the comments as a fool — remains to be seen.

Also, fellow NYU Local staffers aren’t being allowed into the building, although WSN staffers are. Let the heat of 1,000 suns pour down upon the scuzball who decided on that policy.

12:27 – Everyone’s asking for it so here is the link to the live streaming video. Pretty patchy in my experience. Be patient.

12:32 – Whoa, less than half an hour. Is it all gonna hit the fan? Or is NYU gonna chicken out? Will I make it out without a press pass? Am I gonna get thrown in the slammer? So many questions for my sleep-deprived brain. Help me out!

12:37 – Gettin pretty intense everyone. 3 of many, many cop cars:


12:40 – Students on my left, cops on my right. Spin it round and break it down tonight. TBNYUers are talking that legalese. It’s likely to get very real very quickly.

12:44What’s going to happen at 1 AM? Everyone has an opinion. Give yours.

12:47 – I’m sitting in my chair hearing the cries of hundreds of TBNYU supporters in front of Kimmel chanting, “Take! Back! NYU!” and catching vague clips of the TBNYU meeting I’m not welcomed into. All this while guards lurk to my right and cops are an eerie presence. The room is bristling with anticipation. 1 AM approaches.


12:57 – If you aren’t already, follow our twitter. It may be easier for me to make speedy posts on Twitter rather than here if things escalate.

1:01 AM – The calm before the storm?

1:04 - We’ve been offered a chance to leave now. I can’t leave. I’ve been following this story for over 28 hours straight. I know you all are waiting to hear what happens. I got you. I’m in it for the long haul.

1:09 - Violence in the streets. People are actively fighting cops.

1:17 – Definitely follow the twitter feed but it’s now 1:16, there’s ACTUAL rioting in the street i have video of everything it’ll go up as soon as i can put it up. Negotiations seem ongoing here in the room with Bob.

NYU students face arrest and expulsion I’m hearing

1:21 - Documents were just handed out to everyone. They are “safe harbor” agreements that suspend any disciplinary charges for the remainder of student’s tenure at NYU. Photo coming.

1:27 – TBNYU is having another secret meeting. More in a second.


img_0267Epic crowd, seriously. I can’t believe it.

img_0273Emotions after rioting and panic.

1:36 – TBNYU still talking about their next play.

1:39 – TBNYU asks for amnesty for a night.

1:41 – Loading video to YouTube now – should be up within 8 minutes.

1:43 – Clarification: TBNYU wants to be able to stay in Kimmel over night. (Presumably to try more wily tricks tomorrow…)

1:47 – TBNYU is staying. Amnesty granted for the night. Hold for update and video.

2:08 – Correction: They will be allowed to stay the night but there will be NO amnesty and NO negotiations. They have no safety net. They can be fully prosecuted by NYPD and NYU. (at least for now)

As for me, this must end my time as a liveblogger here at Kimmel. I absolutely need sleep. But we’ll be back tomorrow with the final story of what happens to TBNYU.


    Share Your Thoughts


  1. Sammie says

    Hey good for you, everyone in the building. I don’t agree with everything you stand for, but I think it is high time somebody in NYU actually did somehting that matters

    oh and the assholes who are counter protesting because they want quasaddillas are all fatsos anyway.

  2. Laura says

    @Another Supporter: Can you cite that? I’m not trying to be a jackass, I actually would be interested to see that. I’m pretty sure that NYU can expel people for trespassing; I would be surprised if that wasn’t the case.

  3. Courtney B says

    hi john lempka! lol miss you! so sad i can’t be there for all the craziness!

    but Charlie’s right….this is fantastic.

  4. Rachel S. says

    This play by play is really great. I agree with the majority of comments. If the TBNYU’ers had stuck to one clear agenda they would have garnered even more support from the student body, but by including the random GAZA-thing they’re alienated much of the student body. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

  5. Cynthia says

    i was woken out of a sound sleep by a call from my out-of breath son as he was running to Kimmel to see what was happening….a riot?!….anyway, from the commentary, I get the picture. It sounds like the demands are a bit scattered and unfocused, though I can certainly relate to the escalating cost of an NYU education, I hope this doesn’t simply get them thrown out of the school… though at least then they might have to check out cheaper options. What does NYU do with all that endowment? I’m sure my son will fill me in on the outcome of this protest tomorrow. I’m going back to bed.


  1. […] Just before 2AM TBNYU! members were granted permission to stay the night at Kimmel, but they would not be granted amnesty. This is when, after blogging for 30 hours straight, Charlie went home to get some well deserved sleep. The only person who ended up in a squad car was of Alex Deschamps, a Steinhardt Senior, who decided to mount a No Parking sign outside Kimmel. […]