With the Return of Generators, Occupy Wall Street Can Last Until the End of Time

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Demonstrators with 'Occupy Wall Street' continue their protest at Zuccotti Park in New York on November 4, 2011. The encampment in the financial district of New York City is now in its second month. The demonstrators are protesting bank bailouts, foreclosures and high unemployment.     AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A somewhat cold-looking protester. Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Nearly two weeks ago, as temperatures started to drop, the FDNY confiscated generators from Zuccotti Park, ostensibly because of concerns over fire safety. But in response to objections from Occupy Wall Street lawyers, who say the FDNY didn't follow proper procedures, the generators were returned yesterday. With cold weather no longer an impediment, the protest could basically last forever. Years from now, it might just be another neighborhood in Manhattan. "I just got a great deal on a one-bedroom shack in Zuccotti Park," people will tell their friends.