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Rain and a rodent on Day 2 of strike

November 6, 2007 |  8:40 am


Nypicket Day 2 of the WGA strike dawned rainy and cold in the East. About 20 strikers bundled in raincoats and parkas marched in a loop in front of Silvercup Studios in Long Island City, stomping and shuffling their feet to ward off the chill. One rapped out a rhythm on a marching drum as the writers held aloft their "On strike" signs.

As on Monday, the protesters were cordoned off behind metal barricades. A few camera crews and a handful of reporters were on hand, but otherwise the street in front of the studio was largely deserted. A giant gray inflatable rat next to the demonstrators loomed with a menacing expression, while an NYPD officer sat in a parked van across the street, sipping coffee and watching the proceedings.

Few people went in or out of the studio, a giant complex under the onramp to the 59th Street Bridge, and most of those who did politely accepted fliers from a striker standing outside the door.  "Gossip Girl," "New Amsterdam," "Cashmere Mafia," and "30 Rock" shoot at Silvercup, as do some movies.

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-- Matea Gold

Photo credit: The Associated Press