Last night's dramatic eviction of Zuccotti park has sparked both anger and satisfaction across the city. Eager to hear about the impact to local business and workers, we braved the barricades to see if attitudes had changed about the two month old movement. We found—much to our surprise—overwhelming support for the movement and shock with the City's surprise eviction.

While they weren't sure they wanted the occupiers there all of the time, almost all of the locals applauded the protesters' efforts and said that the occupation had little impact on their ability to work in the area. There were, of course, the few loud and eloquent folks who could be overheard telling protesters to "take [their] little signs, go the fuck home and go to work." Here are some of the more articulate reactions:

  • "I don't feel good about the eviction," said Antony, who works in the banking industry. "I support everything that the protesters are here doing. I come out here every afternoon and every evening and I try to support. I actually find it inspiring that they're here, so I'm kind of upset about it. I understand that it is private property but I wish the City would work a little more with the owners of the park to allow the protesters to be here. I would like to see the protesters back in the park. I didn't see it being an issue. I'm one of the hard working people who put in a long day. I'm with everybody here, I work really hard, and it doesn't go as far as you want it to go. I think it's very important that these people are here. I'm with them. I support them."
  • "Atrocious. Let them protest. Even though I can't figure out what the actual theme is—other than corporate greed—let them protest. It's free speech," opined Scott Ziegler, who works in 115 Broadway, which borders the park. "Honestly, I knew it would come to an end at some point in time but there's no reason to throw them out at 1 o'clock in the morning. I hope Bloomberg takes some heat and they reassemble."
  • "Honestly I kind of miss them. When I came to work this morning it was really quiet. I will not miss the smell of urine. That's the only thing. They've been urinating in front of our establishment.," explained Gary Spino of recently opened urgent care clinic Medhattan. "That's really been my only complaint the whole time they've been here. In two months, we've only had eight people ask to use the bathroom, which we just couldn't allow them to do. Ironically, we did let the police use the restroom but I heard that people were using this stoop as a bathroom and at night, even the cops were doing it because there was nowhere for them to go."
  • "You can't live in New York City without paying rent for two months. That's a crime in itself!" quipped Scott of NHK America. "It just became a nuisance and I don't like the extra police presence. It feels like a war when it's just free speech."
  • Even workers on state payroll were bewildered by the violent ousting of Zuccotti's tenants. "They have a right to stand up for what they believe in, just like everybody else" said a Port Authority employee who wished to remain anonymous. "It didn't bother me at all. I hope they get let back in and I wish them all the best."

Two local eateries were relieved, however, that order would finally return to the park. The owner of Trinity Place Bar & Restaurant, James O'Brien, sympathized with protesters but expressed concern over sanitary issues and, more importantly, the impact on his business. "Business is down 35% since they arrived here. We're trying to make a living for our families. I'm not against the protest whatsoever but the park became very discombobulated." And a worker at long-besieged Panini & Co kept it short and sweet with a relieved: "Finally. It's about time."