The residents of Carnegie Hill are not particularly experienced in protest techniques—they are more likely to walk through throngs of the demonstrators than to walk among them. But a new Toll Brothers development on Park Avenue has inspired angry Upper East Siders to take up the picket.
In a vertical city like New York, simple signs on sticks do not do much good, so neighbors have resorted to a more high-flying technique for their “visual protest” this morning, unfurling homemade banners from one of their buildings that read “Save Our History.”
“We’re all rookies at this, not professional protesters,” said Lucinda Ballard, who lives in 1112 Park Avenue, right next to the two pre-Civil War townhouses that the Philadelphia-based Toll Brothers is almost certainly planning to replace with a tower, but has thus far refused to confirm.
Occupy protests in Oakland escalated into violence on Saturday, with activists throwing random objects and flares and police kettling and tear-gassing protesters in addition to making multiple arrests. Tension began growing Saturday afternoon and over the course of 3 hours ratcheted up until the Oakland Police tweeted that “unlawful assembly” had been declared.
Occupy Wall Street
Last night, The New York Observer joined hundreds as they marched, rallied, ate, and protested (generally) during the tenth straight day of Occupy Wall Street. Michael Moore was there. Depending on who you talked to, this event was set up by Adbusters, a group called General Assembly, or Anonymous. There was a press center, although not a lot of information being distributed. There was, at one point, free pizza.
This Old House
Today, the world’s greatest deliberative body — the U.S. Senate — is conducting an inquiry into the foreclosure crisis and the robo-signing scandal. And as with many congressional proceedings, the chamber was naturally afforded the respect it is due:
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Thousands of antiwar protestors marched through the streets of St. Paul this afternoon. For the most part the protests were peaceful. On occasion, would-be anarchists dressed in black clashed with police dressed in riot gear.
According to the ABC News, the police estimated the crowd at about 8,000 to 10,000 protestors, and reported Read More