Occupy Wall Street brought a Sunday serenade to Mayor Michael Bloomberg's home, with drums and chanting. And it vows to keep it up for 24 hours, until 2 p.m. Monday.
The plan was to share a bit of discomfort with the man who thought the solution to the inconveniences of free speech was a massive police raid under cover of night -- and as a musical retailiation for the brutal beatings and harassment suffered by protesters at the hands, if indirectly, of his honor the billionaire.
But the plan was partly thwarted. Police made sure that free expression of political dissent in New York would wait for another day. The men in blue blocked efforts to gather in front of the billionaire mayor's Fifth Avenue mansion. No NYPD explanation was given for the sudden closing of one of New York's swankiest and most aristocratic blocks, East 79th just off Central Park.
Mayor Mike's similarly haute neighbors were reduced to showing identification, just like regular folks, whose freedom to assemble was bent so badly just days before downtown near Wall Street. One can only imagine the horror felt by the 1 percent at such humiliation.
A Fifth Avenue setup is typically used for protests like this, and long has been, city spokesman Stu Loeser opined, according to a report in the Daily News.
No report if the mayor was holed up in his palatial redoubt.