Last night, after a 20,000-30,000 person rally in the Financial District rally, a lot of May 1st protesters went home after a long day.
A sizable chunk of them, however, did not — which poses a significant problem for a normally quiet neighbourhood.
Not that the police weren’t prepared for this possibility. Even before the protesters got there, the NYPD had constructed a complicated maze of barricades around the neighbourhood meant to corral and confuse any potential unruly masses.
So when some protesters did indeed get unruly, the chaos lasted a relatively short time compared to last fall. There was, however, one standoff that caught the attention of innocent bystanders.
Shortly before 11:00 pm, protesters and police faced off in front of Delmonico’s Steakhouse on Beaver Street. The police formed a ring around the entrance as curious diners watched aghast. Some even came out to watch the spectacle.
The police had the crowd out of the neighbourhood in about an hour. We’re just glad they have nothing against steak.
Check out a photo of the incident below.
Photo: Twitter: Inner City Press