|9:01 a.m. Follow the helicopter. The M5 stop on Broadway.|
|9:32 a.m. The bus driver received an order to detour. He dropped me off at this corner.|
Looking west, St. Paul's Chapel is on the left. 1WTC is on the right.
|9:37 a.m. Arriving at Zuccotti Park.|
Often the first sign that anything might be amiss in the complex megacity of Gotham is the sight and sound of helicopters. They were buzzing early today as they hovered above Lower Manhattan. In a big city equivalent of ambulance chasing, I decided to check out with my own eyes what was transpiring at Zuccotti Park by following the helicopters.
|9:39 a.m. Empty Zuccotti Park. So it was true, the news reports.|
|9:45 a.m. Typical foot traffic on Broadway this morning.|
|9:48 a.m. Media stakeouts and food vendors at Zuccotti Park.|
In truth, I didn't walk downtown but instead jumped aboard the M5 bus that conveniently runs down Broadway. I could have saved more time walking, because once the bus passed Chambers Street, traffic started coming to a crawl. The bus driver announced he had just received orders for a detour due to the Wall Street actions, dropping those of us wanting to go farther downtown off at the corner of Broadway and Vesey. I walked the rest of the way.
|10:03 a.m. A helicopter hovers above WTC site|
|10:34 a.m. Marchers return to Zuccotti, chanting "We have court order."|
|10:38 a.m. Police line Trinity Place at Liberty Street on west side of Zuccotti Park.|
Here are some pictures from this narrative.
As I was leaving to board the bus to go back home, the picture was a little fuzzy on Trinity Place, the street behind the park on the west side. While the police moved into position, tourists were walking by the World Trade Center site or going into Century 21 to shop. I boarded the bus with people who said they were just worried about being late to work.
|10:44 a.m. Waiting for the bus. Trinity Place near Zuccotti Park.|
Images from November 15, 2011 by Walking Off the Big Apple.
Update: 5:03 pm. A late afternoon court ruling allowed the protesters to return to the park but without tents and other camping gear.