The Raid on Zuccotti Park Set to 'New York, New York'

By Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg

Casey Neistat, a documentary filmmaker and creator of the HBO show The Neistat Brothers, filmed the scene at Zuccotti Park between 1am and 6pm on November 15, when police emptied the park and arrested protesters. Here, he pairs the footage with Sinatra's "New York, New York" for an ironic twist.

In a remarkable shot at the end of the video, a protester climbs over a barricade to set up an American flag only to be pushed back into the crowd by police. Neistat describes the day on his Vimeo page:

My office isn't far from Zuccotti Park and when I heard it was being cleared I went down with my camera. I ended up filming for 18 hours until the Park was reopened at 6pm on November 15, 2011. The police presence was overwhelming, more than I've ever seen -- more than during the blackout, more than the days after September 11th.            

For more work by Casey Neistat, visit http://caseyneistat.com/.

Via Short of the Week.

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