Man Climbs Zuccotti Park Structure As Occupy Wall Street Enters Sixth Week

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP)– After a Canadian man finally came down from the metal structure at the corner of Zuccotti Park after four hours, many onlookers thought his actions reflect poorly on the movement.

“You’re an idiot. You’re climbing up there. You’re causing all this ruckus. The kids were here. A reckless spectacle,” one man told 1010 WINS.

Dylan Spoelstra, 24, of Toronto, climbed the sculpture around 5 a.m. and said he wasn’t coming down until Mayor Michael Bloomberg resigned. Officials convinced him to come down around 9:15 a.m., but not before he did some damage to the movement, one protester said.

“My concern is that people will use that one instance as a marker for what this whole movement is about,” she said.

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg on the protester

It’s unknown what the connection is between Spoelstra and the Occupy Wall Street organizations, CBS 2’s Mark Morgan reported. Police said he would be sent to Bellevue Hospital Center for a psychiatric evaluation. It’s not clear if he will face criminal charges.

This stalemate comes after the Occupy Wall Street movement received an emotional and inspirational boost from folk music legends Pete Seeger and ‘60s folk singer Arlo Guthrie. The musicians joined demonstrators on Friday in their campaign against corporate greed while residents near the protest park encampment pushed to regain some peace and quiet in their neighborhood.

Seeger joined in the Occupy Wall Street protest Friday night, replacing his banjo with two canes as he marched with throngs of people in New York City’s Upper West Side past banks and shiny department stores.

The 92-year-old Seeger, accompanied by musician-grandson Tao Rodriguez Seeger, composer David Amram, and bluesman Guy Davis, shouted out the verses of protest anthems as the crowd of about 1,000 people sang and chanted.

They marched peacefully over more than 30 blocks from Symphony Space, where the Seegers and other musicians performed, to Columbus Circle. Police watched from the sidelines.

Occupy Wall Street began a month ago in lower Manhattan among a few young people, and has grown to tens of thousands around the country and the world. A recent Associated Press-GfK poll says more than one-third of the country supports the Wall Street protesters, and even more — 58 percent — say they are furious about America’s politics.

But the encampment at Zuccotti Park has become more than a tolerable nuisance, some neighborhood residents say. At a meeting Thursday, they complained of protesters urinating in the streets and beating drums in the middle of the night. Some called for the protesters to vacate the park.

“There is drumming, there are trumpets, there are bugles, there are tambourines,” lower Manhattan resident Ro Sheffe said. “There’s yelling and shouting and chanting late into the night.”

The area’s community board voted unanimously for a resolution that recognized the protesters’ First Amendment rights while calling for a crackdown on noise and public urination and defecation.

U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and state Sen. Daniel Squadron said in a statement that the resolution was “an attempt to establish a sensible framework that respects the protesters’ fundamental rights while addressing the very real quality of life concerns for residents and businesses around Zuccotti Park.”

Asked about Occupy Wall Street on WOR Radio on Friday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the protesters’ leaderless structure has made it difficult to negotiate with them. Still, he recognized the noise complaints and said that it’s one issue that’s moved to the top of his Occupy Wall Street concerns.

“Drumming doesn’t exactly I don’t know if a judge would say that’s a part of protesting, but a lot of people say their kids can’t sleep at night so we’ll eventually have to work something out,” Mayor Bloomberg said on his radio show.

Occupy Wall Street spokesman Han Shan, who has served as a liaison between protesters and local elected officials, agreed the protesters needed to be better neighbors. Shan, who attended the meeting, promised to limit the noise.

Humo Duarte, one drummer, said his group has actually cut back their activity.

“12 to 2 and 4 to 6 so now it’s going shorter until 6 o’clock so I think that’s reasonable for people who live around here and stuff,” he said.

Bloomberg also said the city intends to start enforcing permit requirements for marches and assemblies. The NYPD tells CBS 2 that as long as demonstrators are marching lawfully, meaning they don’t block street traffic or pedestrian traffic, they won’t need a permit.

At Columbus Circle, Seeger and friends walked to the chant of “We are the 99 percent” and “We are unstoppable; another world is possible.” Seeger stopped to bang a metal statue of an elephant with his cane — to cheers from the crowd.

At the center of the plaza, Seeger and Amram were joined by Guthrie in a round of “We Shall Overcome,” a protest anthem made popular by Seeger.

After more singing, Seeger asked for a mic check to tell the crowd: “The words are simple: I could be happy spending my days on the river that flows both way-ay-ays.”

During the march, the younger Seeger, in troubadour fashion like his grandfather, walked among the protesters playing songs. Amra took up a flute and others enlivened the night protest with the sounds of the accordion, banjos, and guitars.

At the front of the throng, marchers held American flags and a large blue flag that said: “Revolution Generation … Debt is Slavery.” Along the way, the crowd sang protest songs made popular or written by Seeger, Woody Guthrie, and others of the protest era.

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  • tomflush

    All the people of the 911 disaster , who were killed , had one thing in common. They were all working in the financial district on 9/11/2001. Some of the bodies from WTC actually landed in that park ! Its a disgrace and a sign of the times isn’t it? The protestors should change their name from occupy wallstreet to emulate Wallstreet in honor of the victims of 911. I work in wallstreet, I earn every penny by working hundreds of hours per month, and reading hundreds of books, being the best I can be at my profession so I can supply my family with a decent living and put my kids through college. Emulate Wallstreet – dont kill it – the secret to success is 1000 feet from your noses folks.

  • The Realist

    “My concern is that people will use that one instance as a marker for what this whole movement is about,” she said.

    Yes, the rest of us DO and WILL “use that one instance as a marker for what this whole movement is about” as long as O.W.S. executives refuse to disavow it.

  • GinaNYC

    I went there Wednesday to take photos and I can tell you that I was inside that park and it stinks, there are dirty hippies sleeping at late afternoon hours on the floor. There are communal jars of peanut butter and nutella that anyone can take from, there is a dish washing station with gross dishes soaking in yucky water are being washed, where you can come and take a dish to put your nutella sandwich on. This is a breeding ground for sickness and diseases. I put my shoes in bleach when I got home. The whole park stinks like dirty hair, this thing is just wrong and has no business being in our great city.

    • liz

      I agree! Enough already. GLOOMBERG it’s time that you showed some leadership. Get these slobs, bums, misguided individuals OUT of here! I have a suggestion let’s get GLOOMBERG to spend one night in the park. Come out of your ivory tower and GET REAL! Enough nonsense! Put an end to the STUPIDITY!

  • cwfs

    “…debt is slavery”????? Who told these people to run up their debt? Just because they wanted the newest iphone and couldn’t afford it is everyone else’s fault?

  • ted

    A Canadian calling for the resignation of Bloomberg. Enough of this b.s., this kid isn’t even a citizen. Send him home and tell him he is no longer welcome in the United States. Bad enough our own stupid kids are making trouble in the park, we don’t need the dopes from the north telling us how to run our country. Time to end this nonsense. Cut off the financial aid to all the kids participating, then see how many people are left in the park.

    • The Realist

      That Canadian has more rights here than you ever will.

      Under City law, outsiders must ALWAYS have ABSOLUTE PRIORITY over mere City residents, especially in (1) the use of public space and (2) consideration for employment.

  • liz

    Gloomberg, Sarandon, Moore, Sharpton – well what do you expect! They are ALL DISGUSTING and the FLEABEGGARS (smelly at that) need tp leave! Enough is enough, clean yourself and get the hell out and go to work. YES, there ARE jobs! Probably just not up to their standards, but there ARE jobs. This Mayor is just DISPACABLE and needs to resign or be impeached. To let things get to this degree shows absoulutely NO leadership. It is a complete DISGRACE

  • plainreviews

    Americans blame the federal government more for the nation’s economic plight than they do the primary target of the Occupy Wall Street protests — big financial institutions. If you don’t know why people are protesting on wall street, this article gives a very good explanation on it.

  • lily

    Stay as long as you want……kick the tourist & big buses!

  • JoeAStroturf

    He’s mad that the ugly looking piece of flesh piece of flesh Michael Moore and his even uglier looking wife didn’t let him get in on a three way with the old bag lady Susan Sarandon. When he looks in the mirror and at his disgusting looking wife that was thrown out by a donkey in Mexico because the donkey had more class than that he gets depressed. If your on an empty stomach google michael moore and wife if you haven’t eaten anything recently. I hate ObamaTakeAwayAvastinCare but if it prevents these 2 from procreating than it might not be that bad. Susan can stomach anything . True story here folks. Sarandon knows how to be vommed on with grace. The star, who parted ways with Tim Robbins had been seen around town with a ping-pong club proprietor some thirty years her junior, was spotted on Feb 2010 at a third anniversary party for The Box burlesque in NoHo. According to the Post Sarandon was seated in a precarious place near the stage when transsexual entertainer Rose Wood threw up directly on her. One witness said she was calm about it and even seemed to be enjoying herself: “She was laughing while a bunch of guys came over to towel her off,” said the partygoer.
    Check out song called “teapartiers I can’t hear you” on youtube

    Here’s a verse

    Doctors are retiring earlier but we’re getting 17000 new IRS
    This is how Obama creates health care jobs I guess
    For 234 years this country’s been God’s blessing.
    Now he’s following Cloward and Piven’s to bankrupt the country I’m guessing
    If Obamacare gives Grandma and Grandpa a scare
    Think how when their rationed and die earlier we’ll save on healthcare

  • Darius

    Just beause you got a tweet or a facebook friend message to do a flash mob doesn’t mean you really have to. And just because some special interest group took over the flash mob doesn’t mean the whole thing is now legitimate.

  • SheepGetSlaughtered

    I was walking home from my job at 1 NY Plaza to my apartment in Tribeca the other day. Saw some female protester taking a dump in an alley. Literally, I saw her growing a tail in action…saw the log coming out of the hole. Almost threw up on my new shoes. She actually had a pretty nice ass, but seriously???

  • ModelsAndBottles

    Bunch of bums polluting a great city that we bankers own. They smell like urine too!

  • Richie

    One more thing…these protesters are representing the 99 percenters. Yes they may stink and not be to your hygiene standards, but you have to understand they are camping out in a park for godsake. If your too dumb to realize this your not very smart. Just stay in your rich comfort zones and I guarantee in the future you’ll be living in the streets. Alot of these protesters have lost everything, from their homes to jobs because of the bs from the lending institutions and the CEO’s giving themselves big bonuses and laying off people to live rich. Stand up America and fight to the end.

    • Sarah

      Richie, You are the ignorant one. First, your grammar is horrible. I wouldn’t call others ignorant and dumb if I still couldn’t get “your” and you’re” right and even “a lot”! Second, you guarantee we will be living in the streets. Please elaborate on how you are so certain that will happen because I am just as certain it will not. Third, to think that our family and friends have joined your movement is arrogant at best. Your “little” movement will get you NOWHERE. I am amazed by the number of you with this “just wait and see” attitude and the fact that you actually think you are going to change things is being my realm of comprehension. Finally, yes I do have plenty of cash in my wallet and no sir, I am not a Wall Street or a Political Crook. I worked my tail off to earn the money I make and have never commited a crime in my life (oh wait, I did get that speeding ticket). If you could say the same, then maybe you wouldn’t be supporting these people. You represent yourselves and not the rest of us, despite your tired rhetoric. I can guarantee you that! Oh and one more thing, protesting is not “doing something about it”. Getting a job and supporting the capitalistic system we live in is doing something.

      • Sarah

        “beyond”, not “being”

    • The Realist

      “Stand up America and fight to the end.”

      Fight for WHAT? What exactly is the GOAL of the O.W.S. group (other than to make lots of money for its top executives)? What are their demands? Nobody can acknowledge or meet their demands if they refuse to disclose those demands.

  • Richie

    Leaving negative comments we dont need here. You know the protesters are right and you think by them protesting it’s just a waste of time. Well you are wrong..get off your duff and do something about it like protesting. Your friends, your family have already took the side of the protesters more than likely. If you dont understand what there all about just look in your wallet, if you have plenty of cash then you must be one of the crooks that make up the one percent. Reevaluate the situation and support this great movement. Thenk god for all the OWS you are truly great americans.

    • me

      From my knowledge, none of my family and friends are supporters of the protesters. In fact, they’re in the same boat as me. Get out and go home. I don’t have plenty of money in my wallet, but at the same time, I’m also not there because I’m making the most of the time that I have here, going to class and going to work. I am not going to support this “great” movement for several reasons. One, my NYU Socialist Theory professor has already stated that this IS a socialist/communist movements, it’s just that none of those involved want to put that label on it in fear that it’ll be a bad ring. Two, I don’t agree with HOW they’re doing it. Sure, I agree with their OVERALL theme of economic inequality and the smaller thing of tax evasion, but that’s it. So many people involved in that movement don’t even pay taxes and they want the rich to pay more. And three, honestly, they are a nuisance. They are annoying. Have you seen 75% person of the people down there? It’s no wonder they don’t have a job. They have at least 15 piercings, they have tattoos on their faces, necks and arms. Their hair is that new ‘hipster” bullsh!t, all raggedy, dirty, unwashed and filled with dreadlocks. And not to mention, I have seen WAY too many bad faded blue, green and orange dye jobs. No offense, but no one’s going to hire you if you look like that. And again, this is all about individual responsibility. Most of those down there LACK that. Don’t blame it on corporations and banks. Blame yourself if you got into a pickle after your tried to mortgage a house in the 7 figures when you were only making a 5 figure salary, and attempting to lease a luxury car, while also simultaneously taking out a $200,000 loan to go to a liberal college. There’s a fine line between what you need and what you want.

      • nancy

        absolutely agree with u. those ppl are just jealous of the rich one. they just want to convert America into a communist country.

  • Shamley Chomley

    make $85/hour on the computer. like my friend james has been without a job for 7 months but last month his check was $7330 just working on the computer for a few hours. Read about it on this site: kuhiengo.notlong. com

  • Shamley Chomley

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  • Chinh

    That nut was planted by the banks to make the movement look bad.

    • Sarah

      Yeah, like they really needed this guy to make the movement look bad…

  • LMC

    Unless you are all in the top 1 percent of earners in the US, you might pay more attention to the issues most of the protestors are concerned about. Most of them are reasonable and are making important points, supporting working people. Sadly, the whole scene attracts crazy people and, according to this article, people who dirty the neighborhood. But the park is clean and well-organized. Go see it.

    • Back in time, please.

      Many of these trust fund demonstrators have parents who are in the 1% you seem to abhor. The park is not clean, it smells of urine and other human waste. There is a gay tent in the back that young men seem to dellight into visiting several times a day. The straight demonstrators are behaving themselves sexually, why can’t the gay ones? And please remember, you are breaking the law by stayuing in that park. Lets go back to the Demonstrations of the 60’s when the demonstartors left after the demonstration or got their butts kicked by the police and hosed down by the Fire Department.

  • OWS are anarchists from all over the USA.

    The police should have kept their hands off approach and let him do whatever he wanted. If he fell, it’s on him. If the Police tried to get him down and he fell it would be horrible PR. Mayor Bloomberg is a useless Eunoch and is quite afraid to let the police do their job. He allows lawlessness and orders the Police to do nothing through that old, posiibly suffering from Organic Brain Discease Commissioner Kelly. Sad what has become of our society.

    • The Realist

      Yes, they ARE from all over the USA, which means that they have MORE RIGHTS than you and I combined will ever have.

      Remember that, under City law, outsiders must always get ABSOLUTE PRIORITY over mere City residents, especially in (1) the use of public space and (2) consideration for employment.

  • joeD

    I think it’s boy wonder!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • nancy

    stupid ppl do stupid things……….just waste of taxpayer ‘s money without helping anything. America will become a third world country if they were really 99% of American…..

  • The Realist

    U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and state Sen. Daniel Squadron said in a statement that the resolution was “an attempt to establish a sensible framework that respects the protesters’ fundamental rights while addressing the very real quality of life concerns for residents and businesses around Zuccotti Park.”
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    So-called “quality of life” is IRRELEVANT because the protesters are mostly from out of town. By law, outsiders will always have MORE RIGHTS than mere City residents.

  • Sammy

    Throw them all out- Bums –
    Protestors – ever see some of them?
    Please. waste of taxpayer money with extra police needed to be there 24/7
    Get rid of them already

  • Bill

    Arrest all of these disgusting protesters and clean up the park. The residents who live in the area should not have to suffer from these filthy lawless miscreants.

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