Occupy Wall Street becomes NYC tourist stop

By Verena Dobnik

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 19 2011 2:20 p.m. MDT

Kenneth Nieves, right, and a man who identifies himself as One Love continue to demonstrate during a torrential downpour at the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Zuccotti Park, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011 in New York. The protests against corporate greed and various issues have continued for more than a month and spawned similar uprisings around the world, attracting participants and tourists from around the country and beyond.

Mary Altaffer, Associated Press

NEW YORK — There's the Empire State Building, the World Trade Center site, and of course Times Square. Now many visitors to New York City have added another spot to their list of must-sees — the Occupy Wall Street protest.

Tourists from around the world have become regular visitors at the plaza in lower Manhattan where protesters have been demonstrating for the past month.

On any given day, visitors can be seen taking photographs of themselves at Zuccotti Park with protesters in the background.

The double-decker buses offering tours of Manhattan pass by on Broadway, with guides pointing out the park site. On sunny days, tourists often wave sympathetically at protesters from the top decks of the buses.

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