There was a separate October 15 2011 rally in Times Square on Saturday, although Occupy Wall Street was on everyone's mind and, indeed, they sent a large delegation up in solidarity.
Estimates range as high as 50,000 people at its peak.
Do you want to know why the cops didn't bust heads there, but waited until the OWS crowd moved back downtown?
Here's why. Note the men in blue polo shirts:
All city employees were urged to come down in attire that identified their position or department in the bureaucracy. This means doctors (yes, NYC's docs are unionized), nurses, police, firefighters, santitation engineers...all showed up in force and marched from Washington Square Park up the five miles or so to Times Square.