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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'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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What Should You Actually Do When You Get a Rat in Your Wrap or a Frog In Your Salad?

Photo by Jack Buehrer, who didn't have lunch there
An out-the-door lunchtime line at Chop't on July 9, the day after the Rat Wrap story broke.
Another month, another soul-destroyingly disgusting foreign object in some poor unfortunate diner's food. On Tuesday, Gothamist brought us the story of the Rat Wrap, in which some anonymous guy at a law firm apparently ordered lunch delivered from Chop't on Pine Street in the Financial District and got an extra party favor, in the form of a whole damn rodent tucked away amongst the lettuce. (It looks like a mouse to us, but we'll bow to the alliterative superiority of the term "Rat Wrap.") Two of his colleagues tweeted about the incident, one with a stomach-turning photo, and RatGate was born.

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Record Number of Tourists Visited Lower Manhattan Last Year

Lower Manhattan saw nearly 9.8 million tourists visit last year, a record number for an area revitalized by development and the World Trade Center site.

Many of those were drawn here by the newly-opened September 11 Memorial, which has already attracted more than 1 million visitors in the four months it has been open.

Downtown Alliance President Liz Berger said in a statement: "Tourism is thriving in Lower Manhattan like never before. The secret is out -- Lower Manhattan is a destination of choice in the region, nationally and around the world."

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9/11 Families Sue City Over Plans To Put Remains At Museum

A group of 9/11 family members are suing the city, demanding that they turn over the complete contact list for all relatives of people killed in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

The lawsuit, filed this week, is the latest part of a dispute between some family groups and the 9/11 memorial/museum complex over how that institution will locate remains of the dead. The family members want the list so they can ask each relative what they think of the plan to inter them at the September 11 Memorial and Museum.

One of the plaintiffs, Sally Regenhard, who lost her firefighter son Christian in the attacks, claims that neither the city nor the Sept. 11 memorial consulted her or other families about a plan to place the remains "70 feet below ground at the museum." "I believe it is dishonorable, disrespectful and inappropriate to place the remains in a private museum with an entrance fee," she says in an affidavit.

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Replica WWI British Fighter Plane Sits on Roof of Downtown Office Building

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New York City is full of fun secrets, like speakeasy bars and hole-in-the-wall restaurants, and today, the Wall Street Journal uncovered another hidden treasure. It turns out that The William Kaufman Organization, which owns a number of buildings in Manhattan, has tried to make its otherwise bland properties more fun for the neighbors by creating public arts projects. The roof of the 26-story office tower at 77 Water Street is adorned with a mysterious biplane parked on a landing strip complete with runway lights.

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Fancy New Wall Street Duane Reade Does Hair and Nails

Tomorrow, Duane Reade will open a new location at 40 Wall Street, and to cater to the business types who are expected to shop there, the store will feature a hair salon, a nail bar, a pharmacy with a doctor on-hand, a sushi bar, a juice bar, and a stock ticker. At 22,000 square feet, the store is the largest Duane Reade ever built.

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