Occupy East New York

The Occupy movement expanded to the East New York section of Brooklyn on Dec. 6, when about 400 demonstrators marched in the rain past foreclosed homes in the neighborhood. The demonstration climaxed with the reoccupation of a two-story house at 702 Vermont St. that had been vacant for the three years since it was foreclosed. 

The demonstrators moved a formerly homeless family into the house: Alfredo Carasquillo, an organizer with VOCAL-NY (formerly the New York City AIDS Housing Network); his partner, Tasha Glasgow; and their two children.

“This is the community fighting back and I’m willing to take any consequences that come with that because I feel the real criminals are Wall Street and the big banks that are taking these homes and leaving families homeless,” Carrasquillo told WNYC radio.

The demonstration was part of a national day of protests around foreclosure. East New York, which is one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods and has a large number of single-family homes, had the highest rate of foreclosure filings in the city in 2010, with 16.8 per 1,000 households. It ranked seventh in the city in actual foreclosures, which have been heaviest in the southeast Queens neighborhoods of Jamaica, Rosedale, and Bellerose.