Saturday, September 27, 2008

It was a beautiful day in the financial district...

Pictures from a demonstration in New York's Financial District on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008, purpose of which was to express the opinion that Congress should not provide Wall Street with a $700,000,000,000. bailout.
The first thing I saw at Whitehall and Beaver Sts. was a fat cat in a big black limo, making his getaway from the scene of the crime.
Looking down Nassau St. towards the NY Stock Exchange.

Crowds of tourists milling around about half an hour before the protest march begins. All's quiet.

Looking down Wall St. towards the beautiful old Trinity Church, covered in ash on 9/11/01.
Then Wall St., the Money Museum, a jewelry store display in the Trump Building, and other scenes from Lower Manhattan.

The protest begins with a rally at Bowling Green, as this group lay at the foot of the statue of the Bull.

Then the crowd starts walking towards the NY Stock Exchange for a noisy rally.
Walking past a vendor who decided to hang back whilst the marchers passed by. A look of amused bewilderment?

And then we had a lot of fun chanting and letting Wall Street know how The People felt.
In the meantime, emails and phone calls to Congress were 100 to 1 against the bailout.

Some of the Wall Streeters hung around to see what was going on.

And then the protest continued, past the Hermes store, and all throughout the canyons of the Financial District.

Onlookers, working overtime, no doubt, to save their own asses.
And other onlookers, who had gathered at Delmonico's for their regular after-trading wind-down.
The NYPD did a decent job of letting the protest take its own course. This is the tail end of the march and the people are beginning to go home, after 2-1/2 hours of boisterous exercise of Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Assembly.


óscar said...

I really love your pictures!!! It's like I'm there. Congratulations for your work. Honest, awesome.

Jeanine said...

wow, this is some on-tha-streets, from-tha-peoples reportage! onward ho, blogger eyes!

Bluecat said...

thanks for your comments! the demonstration on wall street was so energizing. it was heartening to see so many of people out on the street. the most fun demo i've been to in a long time.