For some it was an extraordinarily uncomfortable night of upright dozing at Zuccotti Park, but for others it was the first time they'd spent the night inside in weeks. Protesters ousted from the park by the New York Police Department's 1 a.m. raid on Tuesday spent close to 24 hours marching, demonstrating, and waiting to see whether they would be let back in. When they finally were, it was without their camping gear, which meant those who had made their beds in the park for the nearly two-month duration of the encampment had to find alternate arrangements at friends' places, in churches, or in their own homes. After a well-attended general assembly at the park outlasted a rumored 10 p.m. curfew, most drifted off into the drizzle to find their first indoor bed in a while. But a "few dozen" stuck around, according to The New York Times, and suffered for their cause.
The park's new rules, which police and private security guards enforced overnight, prohibit tents, sleeping bags, and even lying down. New signs went up in the park reminding everybody of the new restrictions. Alex Goldmark, who filed an early morning report with WNYC, shared this photo on his Tumblr: