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NYC: Long before 'Occupy Wall Street' there was....

 New York City is due to change mayors with next year's elections, but different politicals eras in the city can be a relative term.

Picture: Rowdy demonstrations in lower Manhattan, debate over police surveillance of an ethnic community, noise and noise complaints, a mayor stuck out of town during a blizzard, tension over wealth disparity, funerals for American soldiers killed in a foreign war, debate over the nation’s overseas entanglements.

All are themes of a new book by Thai Jones titled “More Powerful Than Dynamite: Radicals, Plutocrats, Progressives, and New York’s Year of Anarchy” — focused on the city not today but in 1914.

The parallels and differences between the periods create such a provocative topic that Jones, once with Newsday in the city, seems to have moved past his earlier public profile as a son of 1960's militant radicals, about which he's already written (link here), into a new depth.

An important figure in the book is Mayor John Purroy Mitchel, for whom MItchel field was named, and Jones' account of the year's socially-relevant weather includes this description: "For the first time in three years, the Great South Bay froze over; ice encased the shore of Long Island from the Rockaways to Shinnecock."

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