@mcompost, described as an Oakland, Calif.-based "anarchist legal worker," followed the group. @mcompost later described what happened as a "very loosely organized anti-police protest" — aka "NYC FTP"
I got roped into attending a NYC #FTP march. About 40 mostly white punk kids. My hopes are not high.— Marcus (@mcompost) April 15, 2012
From there, this so-called black bloc headed down St. Mark's Place between Third Avenue and Second Avenue.
About 50 ppl dressed in black bashing windows, attacking 7-11 sign, chanting "nypd go to hell" @evgrieve— Ewing (@Ewingweb) April 15, 2012
(Runnin' Scared has a recap of the events here.)
Six undercovers just tried to grab someone.crowd rushed back and freed their comrade. Shit is heating up— Marcus (@mcompost) April 15, 2012
After a few run-ins with the NYPD, the group quickly dispersed.
Later last night, as Gothamist reported, the NYPD shut down East Sixth Street between Avenue B and Avenue C and arrested two men at an after-party of the Anarchist Book Fair at the Sixth Street Community Center. There were reports that someone was throwing bottles from a rooftop.
At the time last night, several people thought these incidents were all related. However, attendees of this party told Gothamist that the two incidents were unrelated.
(There were a lot of crazy stories making the rounds last night. One person told us the police closed Tompkins Square Park because it "smelled like urine.")
Meanwhile, this morning, we walked on Astor Place and St. Mark's Place. There wasn't any evidence that windows were broken at the Astor Place Starbucks. However, as noted last night, someone did smash a window at the soon-to-open 7-Eleven on St. Mark's Place near Second Avenue.
Someone also smashed the side of this payphone on St. Mark's Place. Of course, this could have been a typical Saturday night act of vandalism...
Ditto for all this...