Flood Wall Street Ends in Pepper Spray and Mass Arrests, Including a Polar Bear

Photo by C.S. Muncy. A slideshow of the protest can be viewed here.
One of the arrested people was dressed like a polar bear, or perhaps was a polar bear.
By the end of last night's Flood Wall Street demonstration in the Financial District, police had arrested 104 people, including one dressed as a polar bear, and pepper-sprayed a few more. The arrests were more or less expected -- the organizers of the protest had said well in advance that they were planning to commit civil disobedience by staging a sit-in on Wall Street, which they did, first in the area around the Wall Street Bull and then near the intersection of Wall Street and Broadway.

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'Climate Change Is Class War': Flood Wall Street Takes Over Financial District

Photo by C.S. Muncy for the Village Voice
In a harder-edged follow-up to yesterday's massive People's Climate March, a couple thousand people took part in "Flood Wall Street" today; dressed in blue, they marched from Battery Park to the Financial District, staging a sit-in in the area around the Wall Street Bull. As of 2:30 p.m., two people had been arrested. The organizers tweeted that they weren't planning on moving any time soon:

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'Flood Wall Street,' Massive Sit-In, Planned for September 22

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A flyer being circulated for the event.
Happy third birthday, Occupy Wall Street. This time last year, some former Occupiers embarked on a small-scale, nostalgic march through the Financial District -- one that, for a change, ended in zero arrests. But this year, many of their minds are on next week, when a massive civil-disobedience action is planned for the steps of the New York Stock Exchange. "Flood Wall Street" is being billed as a sit-in and blockade to "shut down the institutions that are profiting from the climate crisis." Blue-clad protesters are expected to meet in Battery Park and then descend on the Financial District sometime on September 22; people affiliated with the event have told us to expect mass arrests.

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City Pays $583,024 to Occupy Wall Street Protestors

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Jennifer Peat, one of 14 plaintiffs in the lawsuit, flanked by her lawyers and co-plaintiffs
The city of New York has agreed to pay more than half a million dollars ($583,024 to be exact) in damages and attorney fees after falsely arresting 14 Occupy Wall Street protestors on January 1, 2012. It's the largest Occupy settlement to date, but the lion-share of the money will go to the protestors' lawyers. Each plaintiff has received between $5,000 and $20,000, but the city will pay Stecklow, Cohen & Thompson $333,000 in attorney fees and litigation costs.

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The Castle Braid vs. Occupy Bushwick Fight Has Devolved Into a Highly Entertaining, Possibly Fake Twitter Brawl

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Castle Braid's exterior at 114 Troutman Street in Bushwick
For months, there's been a battle raging in Bushwick between Castle Braid, a pricey condo building "custom-built to enable the artist," as their website puts it, and Occupy Bushwick, who accuse Castle Braid of failing to provide affordable housing, despite receiving a generous tax abatement that required them to do just that. OB also accuses Castle Braid of flooding the neighborhood with credit-card-wielding, barely post-college youngsters whose parents will offset the cost of the eyebrow-raising rents (between $1,700 and $2,200 for a one-bedroom, up to $3,300 for a three-bedroom). The local 99 percenters responded to Castle Braid's general existence by circling the property with police tape that read "Occupy" a few months back.

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State Senator Brad Hoylman and 16 Other HIV/AIDS Protesters Arrested During Last Night's March for a "Robin Hood" Tax on Wall Street

Photo by Stephen Benavides
After a relatively peaceful opening march yesterday, Occupy Wall Street's second anniversary got slightly rowdier, as State Senator Brad Hoylman and 16 HIV/AIDS activists took part in a planned arrest near the U.N. building on 47th and 2nd. The demonstrators blocked rush-hour traffic and held a banner reading "End AIDS With A Robin Hood Tax."

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"The First Amendment Steps Are Over There:" With a Heavy Police Presence, Occupy's Second Birthday Begins

Photos by Steve Merlan
Occupy Wall Street's terrible twos began this morning with a familiar set of scenes: protesters holding signs. Protesters glaring at cops. Cops glaring at protesters. Dozens of metal barricades lining the streets between them. Everyone pausing to look in unison at the Hipster Cop and his improbably tight pants. After a rowdy first anniversary last year that began on the wrong foot with some two dozen arrests, this morning's march looked downright serene by comparison. The only real moment of tension came on the steps of Wall Street's National Federal Hall Memorial, when the police and park rangers decided together, in a seemingly impromptu sort of way, that only one side of the monument's broad stone steps could be used for free speech purposes.

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Five Events Commemorating Occupy Wall Street Across New York

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It's been two years since Zuccotti Park was briefly the center of the Universe. Occupy Wall Street has since become a massive worldwide struggle against the abuses of finance capitalism and the lack of accountability of governments to their people.To celebrate the anniversary of a squatters' camp that turned into a global movement, rallies, marches, and movie screenings will be held all over the city. Here are five events happening today across New York that celebrate the events of September 17, 2011, and reflect on what's changed since.

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PHOTOS: Turkish Anti-Government Movement Has Friends in Zuccotti Park

C.S. Muncy
On Saturday, hundreds gathered in Zuccotti Park, roughly three miles from the Turkish consulate, to demonstrate their solidarity with the thousands of Turks protesting Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's regime. Photographer C.S. Muncy was on the scene to capture the action--check out his photos after the jump.

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Here Comes Debtfair, a Market for Art Inequality Across the City

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"Starving artists" may be an affectionate term for the city's legions of struggling creatives, but it belies a more disturbing trend. Art market prices have shot up faster than the GDP, and the globalization of the marketplace prompted NPR's Adam Davidson to conclude last year that the "art market, in other words, is a proxy for the fate of the superrich themselves."

Meanwhile, MFAs have become both increasingly expensive and necessary for any career in the arts, says Tal Beery, one of the organizers behind Debtfair, a radical remodeling of the art market taking over the city this summer. Nationally, student debt has topped $1 trillion, and defaults have increased 36 percent in 2012 alone. "The debt that artists have to accrue in order to start playing the game, the barrier for entry, is much greater," Beery said.

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