NEW YORK—Occupy Wall Street rumbled through the rich part of town Tuesday, bringing its populist denunciations of greed and corporate welfare to mixed reviews from a crowd of Upper East Siders.
Confined previously to a park away from the core of the world's financial center, the group took a tour of some of Manhattan's swankiest neighborhoods.
For the most part, at least, the mix of rich and anti-rich went without incident, and they even found they have some things in common.
"I've been unemployed for over two years. If I had a job I'd be at work today," said Jan Kenyon, who recently became eligible for Medicare. "I think it's important to support the kids."
Kenyon, in fact, represented the not-so-rich who came out to support the protest.
There was the occasional disturbance, to be sure, but the raucous cacophony of dissent went off mostly without a hitch.
"Tax cuts for the rich are preposterous," Gary Hill, a well-dressed accountant, said while watching the parade stomp along Fifth Avenue. "I think they're right. They're doing exactly what they should be doing."
Not everyone was so enamored.
Some found the protest counter-productive, particularly for those bemoaning the lack of jobs.
"Running up and down with a picket sign is not going to get you a job," said Sandy Charnes, a Wall Street assistant who argued with some of the marchers. "They should hire a head-hunter."Page 1 of 2 | Next Page