Federal Hall, the site of the swearing in of the first president of the United States George Washington. On Wednesday the NYPD divided the Federal Hall steps, and barricaded Occupy Wall Street to one side by installing metal barricades. (Photos: (Anna Hiatt /Gothamist)
Dunn says people routinely stand or sit on the steps at all hours of the day without any issue, but that is generally not considered an "event," which requires a permit. On Monday, protesters were told they could not "sleep" or "camp" on the stairs, and Robin says she was told last night that if she fell asleep, Parks Police would "remove, but not arrest me."
The night before about 100 protesters gathered on the steps of Federal Hall, singing songs and chanting. Some people who said they lived in the neighborhood also gathered on Wall Street, some of them yelling and cursing at the protesters. Several protesters were arrested shortly thereafter, including one who an officer said was making excessive noise. (Photo: Michael Appleton for The New York Times)