Food trucks, dancers occupy coveted Duarte Square space
Toward the end of last year, after losing their home base at Zuccotti Park in the Financial District, Occupy Wall Street members were fixated on setting up a new encampment — to be dubbed “Occupy 2.0” — at Duarte Square. Occupy never was able to occupy the space, at Canal St. and Sixth Ave., however, and today remains without a major outdoor site for an organizing hub and visibility in New York City. This past Tuesday, the Duarte Square space, which is owned by Trinity Real Estate and leased to the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council for use for its “Lent Space” programming, was occupied by a convoy of food trucks and also a dance performance on a small stage. “Lent Space” was not open to the public during the winter.