May 3, 2012
Banish from your head those sepia newspaper photos of massed men in matching hats. Forget, for a moment, the bellow of the grand oratorical leader. May Day in New York City was not like 1912. Instead, picture if you can a swarm of flying pickets darting from the New York Times to Disney to Wells Fargo Bank. Imagine the benches of Madison Square Park spilling over with teachers and students human-microphoning free college classes in the open air. At Union Square, people from the South Bronx–based Green Worker Cooperatives played a group board game, “Co-opoly,” on a blanket. Cheerful hoodie-wearers whizzed past on bikes.
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