co-op behind 12 foot fence: Republican National Convention Security
I know lives at the co-op in Chelsea that runs from 23rd to 29th Street,
six square blocks in between 8th and 9th Avenues. What follows are the
security precautions he's heard they will be instituting during the
The city will be building a 12 foot fence around the perimeter of the
Residents will be able to enter and exit the co-op at only two places
in those six square blocks. At these check points they will have to
provide photo identification and proof of residence. The police will
probably be manning the checkpoints, meaning residents will not be able
to pass based on co-op security recognizing them. Many co-op residents
want to leave town for the RNC, however, they are strongly discouraged
from having house-sitters to feed pets. House-sitters must supply photo
Any deliveries will be forbidden, whether that be UPS or pizza.
There will be "sharpshooters" (snipers) on the roof.
So pretty much the NYPD and assorted security forces will be occupying
this residential area and cutting them off from the rest of the city.
Residents have been told this is, of course, for their safety, and to
prevent protesters from congregating on the lawns of the co-op property.
heard that FIT [Fashion Institute of Technology] students received a
letter awhile ago telling them that during the convention they can have
absolutely no visitors in their dorm rooms, whether they be parents
stopping by for 5 minutes or overnight guests.*
were originally posted July 20, 2004:
RNC Annoucement Listserve
RNC Discussion Listserve
Submitted to Citizens For Legitimate Government
July 20, 2004
edited for grammar; content not altered.