Jessica Firger

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Occupy Wall Street, Six Months Later

The protest in Zuccotti Park, a privately owned plaza near the World Trade Center site, morphed into a nearly three-month, around-the-clock encampment and inspired scores of similar open-air, anti-corporate protests across the U.S. and abroad.


​Occupy 2.0: Protesters Go High-Tech

Occupy Wall Street's open-air encampments and spontaneous demonstrations through New York City have been largely organized through Facebook, Twitter and other social media. Now, protesters said, those tools are no longer enough.


Judge Rules Against 'Occupy' Protesters

A judge ruled against Occupy Wall Street protesters, upholding a move by New York City and the landlord of the privately owned plaza to clear tents from Zuccotti Park and prevent protesters from bringing equipment back in.


Medical Triage at Encampment

As temperatures dip and the Occupy Wall Street protesters head into their sixth week of camping at Zuccotti Park, health professionals say they are treating activists for ailments ranging from hypothermia to skin infections, the effects of living outside in crowded conditions with little more than sleeping bags and tarps.


At Zuccotti Park, Love Under the Tarps

Occupy Wall Street is an experiment in communal living, with basic human needs on public display. Even, at times, very intimate human needs.


Protesters’ Newspaper Occupies a Familiar Name

To get their message out, the activists camped out in a small park near Wall Street have engaged in techniques old (drum circles) and new (live, streaming video). After complaining that the mainstream media had been insufficiently covering events, two protesters launched a newspaper of their own.












the wall street journal


Bringing the Hospital Home for the Tiniest of Patients

Each day, Yoshica Smalls-Jones cleans and prepares a feeding tube, administers medicines with a nebulizer and operates a ventilator to aid a patient's breathing. Ms. Smalls-Jones isn't a professional nurse.

A Swim in Time: Remembering NYC’s First Public Pools

The watery revival in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood marks a turnaround for one of the country’s first municipal pools. The McCarren Pool was one of 11 enormous swimming facilities opened in 1936 by a young Robert Moses, a parks commissioner who would eventually dominate the city’s infrastructure.

​In the Science of Aging, Oldest New Yorkers Hold the Key 

At his lab in the Bronx, geneticist Nir Barzilai has spent more than a decade trying to unlock the biology of aging. His secret weapon: some of the New York area’s oldest Jews.​ 

Where’s the Beef? A Steak Makes a Long Journey

The hanging beef arrives long before sunrise, when a 44-foot-long trailer pulls up to Unit B-14 at the Hunts Point Meat Market in the South Bronx. Inside are the carcasses of 100 steers, now divided into twice as many sides at a total weight of about 42,000 pounds—more than $100,000 worth of red meat.

Twilight of the Sewing Machine Repairman

As fashion’s biggest names convene outside Lincoln Center for the next week, Leon Shpelfogel will be hunched over a Singer, a pair of pliers in hand, inside his shop in Brooklyn’s Midwood section — just 12 miles away but a world apart.


Writers Seek Workplaces Without Wi-Fi 

Gone are the days when a café with good enough coffee, a lax policy on lingering and an open Wi-Fi signal made it the perfect spot for writers to work. With infinite temptations just a mouse click away, many writers are seeking out an increasingly scarce amenity in a wired city: disconnected workspaces.


Chipping Away at the Life of the Mind

Jane McAdam Freud has never seen a shrink. But as an artist and the great-granddaughter of Sigmund Freud, she has plenty to say about theories of the unconscious that have shaped our understanding of the human condition for more than century.

When Love Bites: Dating in the Age of Bedbugs 

The pests have become a sort of anti-Cupid for city singles, in some cases slowing the progress of budding relationships and in others bringing romance to a dead stop.