New York City police officers have apparently become so fed-up with Occupy Wall Street protesters that they are not only arresting activists, photographers and journalists as they have been doing. They are now attacking fellow cops according, to an article in

While we were at the protest at Duarte Park on December 17th, we witnessed no such activity although we left before people scaled the fence and entered the park.

Here are some photos from the demonstration prior to some activist entering the park.

The Occupied Wall Street Journal

Protesters Hold Occupy Wall Street Banner

Retired Episcopal Bishop (purple) George Packard joins other clergy to protest Trinity Church'  refusal to let Occupy Wall Street protesters use the Church's vacant lot adjacent to Duarte Park

Large puppet of the Statue of Liberty

Protesters for the word "Reason"

Santas Get Their Metro Passes
The annual SantaCon festivities kicked-off in Manhattan at the World Financial Center on Saturday, December 11th. As Santas from all parts gathered at the dockside plaza, elves, reindeer, grinches, and penguins could also be seen mingling with the crowd.

Around noon the assembled Santas and cohorts began to spread out across lower Manhattan, searching for a pub that wasn't already crammed with Santas.

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Thousands of Santas moving towards pubs in Lower Manhattan

There were even a few Dreidels
Santa in Shorts

Thousands of Santas Gathered in Lower Manhattan

Santa in Sunglasses

December 5, 2011, 6:55 pm

For Filipinos, an Abrupt Directive Alters a Christmas Ritual

New York Times
City Room

Those who complain that the Christmas season starts earlier and earlier each year might find solace in hearing how Filipinos traditionally celebrate the season — theirs can stretch from as early as September to late January.

“We have the longest Christmas season, and we go all-out,” said Aurora Aquino, a Filipino-born fashion designer. “Christmas is a very big deal for Filipinos.”

Ms. Aquino was holding an umbrella decorated into a highly adorned canopy, as were a few other women marching with dozens of Filipino immigrants through the streets of Midtown to St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Saturday night.

The procession was something of a kickoff to Simbang Gabi, a nine-day Roman Catholic ritual observed before Christmas in the Philippines. Masses during Simbang Gabi can begin as early as 4 a.m., a tradition that is said to date back centuries, to the time when Filipino farmers under Spanish rule had to rise early to find time to worship before toiling in the fields. This year, the nine days of Masses begins Wednesday.

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Procession Enters St. Patrick's

Our Lady of Fatima too tall for the front door

Procession tries to enter front door at St. Patrick's

Tourist snaps a picture of Our Lady of Fatima

The procession in front of St. Patrick's on Fifth Avenue

Ladies with parasols in the procession

The procession crosses Park Avenue

The procession crosses Park Avenue

It's not right department...

New York Times


Pianist Colin Huggins Has Received Nine Summonses in Washington Square Park as of 1/7/2012
Colin Huggins was there with his baby grand, the one he wheels into Washington Square Park for his al fresco concerts. So were Tic and Tac, a street-performing duo, who held court in the fountain — dry for the winter. And Joe Mangrum was pouring his elaborate sand paintings on the ground near the Washington Arch.

In other words, it was a typical Sunday afternoon in the Greenwich Village park, where generations of visitors have mingled with musicians, artists, activists, poets and buskers.

Yet this fall, that urban harmony has grown dissonant as the city’s parks department has slapped summonses on the four men and other performers who put out hats or buckets, for vending in an unauthorized location — specifically, within 50 feet of a monument.

The department’s rule, one of many put in place a year ago, was intended to control commerce in the busiest parks. Under the city’s definition, vending covers not only those peddling photographs and ankle bracelets, but also performers who solicit donations.

Street artist Joe Mangrum has received more than $4,000 in summonses since the crackdown began
The rule attracted little notice at first. But the enforcement in Washington Square Park in the past two months has generated summonses ranging from $250 to $1,000. And it has started a debate about the rights of parkgoers seeking refuge from the bustle of the streets versus those looking for entertainment.

Young boy making a donation as street artist Joe Mangrum looks on
At a news conference in the park on Sunday organized by NYC Park Advocates, the artists waved fistfuls of pink summonses while their advocates, including civil rights lawyers, called on the city to stop what they called harassment of the performers.

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Pianist Colin Huggins Has Received Nine Summonses in Washington Square Park as of 1/7/2012