By the time the crowd reached 116th Street there must have been 400 of them, clanging and shouting and marching south down the west side of Broadway in the warm early afternoon sun. Who? What? By this time, almost two-months into the occupation at Liberty Plaza, one just assumes that commotion anywhere has to do with Occupy Wall Street.
Finally chants of “We are the 99%” and “All day / All week / Occupy Wall Street!” give truth to suspicions. Police on foot and in automobiles case the sidewalk, more concerned with the demonstrators than many pedestrians, who either watch attentively or try to avoid looking at the demonstration at all. And of course there’s always some grumps complaining about demonstrators’ seemingly chronic unemployment.
The demonstrators had begun from 181st Street & St. Nicholas Avenue, and were marching the 198 blocks down to Liberty Plaza. A solidarity march from the people of Northern Manhattan, participants included State Senator Adriano Espaillat and Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, and groups including CB12, NAACP, and United NY.