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Sunday, May 5, 2024

Meanwhile, back in Manhattan

I had a professional development workshop downtown on Friday. Afterwards, I walked past the Criminal Court building on Centre Street.

It was oddly quiet, considering all the attention that has been focused on the courtroom there during the past few weeks. The sidewalks on both sides of the street are barricaded off, and there were at least a dozen huge news vans parked one street over, but otherwise it felt like a normal Friday afternoon in Lower Manhattan: workers hurrying back from lunch, tourists blocking the sidewalks while they consulted their phones, cars and buses and taxis clogging the streets.

Apart from this one news team preparing to report, the only people who seemed to be paying attention were the three protestors in MAGA hats in the park across the street from the courthouse entrance. One of them was ranting something about Ronald Reagan and the Taliban and the other two were keeping a wary distance. Very low energy!

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