An Afternoon in an Anarchist Jurisdiction

Surely on this nice warm late September Sunday, there would be an anarchist uprising in Manhattan. The weather warm, ripe for trouble. So, my intrepid traveling companion, daughter Emily, joined me to scout out those thumbing their nose to the rule of law. Driving over the Brooklyn Bridge, all was quiet. But we knew by the time we got to the West Side, it’d be like the Wild Wild West!   

Let’s see what we found out.

The Starbucks Reserve: the first stop at 1 Ninth Avenue.  With its international coffee offerings, this would be the starting point for plots and unruliness. However, we found mostly dogwalkers, and couples and one family of four. We sat for a bit to eavesdrop on conversations. After an hour or so, we headed out. P.S. The Kenya coffee is amazing.

The Vessel – 20 Hudson Yards: the dizzying sculpture of over 154 interconnecting steps draws tourists and residents from all over, and possibly a meeting place for plotting poor behavior, but once you’re there, this really tall structure captures one’s imagination. Rather than cook up mischief, you are more likely to just scratch your head in amazement.   

The Frying Pan – Pier 66 at 26th Street:  A former Coast Guard vessel, this site is now a trendy eatery and bar.  Perhaps, I thought, it was prime for a mutiny.  In we went, masks in place, and sat with eyes peeled. The Bratwurst was amazing, and the Lobster Roll was 4 stars. No danger afoot.  No one causing chaos.

Walking south on 12th Avenue, we saw kids playing football, groups picnicking on blankets, bikers delivering pizzas, bikers with babies in tow, and walkers keeping out the bikers’ way. At Union Square, games of chess were in progress, a xylophone player serenaded with pop songs, and street artists sold their creations. I yawned.

Glad to say that there is peace in Manhattan, labelled by the Justice Department as “anarchist jurisdiction.”  And there’s really only one thing I have to say about that: “fuhgeddaboudit.”

Photos by MJ Hanley-Goff

About MJ Hanley-Goff (120 Articles)
MJ Hanley-Goff has been contributing to Woman Around Town since its inception in 2009. She began her career at Newsday in the early 90’s and has continued writing professionally for other New York publications like the Times Herald-Record, Orange Magazine, and Hudson Valley magazine. Former editor of Hudson Valley Parent magazine, she also contributed stories to AAA’s Car & Travel, and Tri-County Woman. After completing her novel and a self-help book, she created MJWRITES, INC. to offer writing workshops and book coaching to first time authors, and college essay writing help to students. MJ is thrilled and honored to write for WAT for the amazing adventures it offers, like reviewing concerts, people, authors, events, and tourist attractions in New York, and around the world. “I enjoy drawing attention to the off-the-beaten path kinds of stories,” she says. “It’s great big world out there, with so many talented and creative artists, doers, and thinkers.”