The Day | Protesters Arrested Near Union Square

Screen shot 2012-01-17 at 7.08.20 AMTim Schreier

Six protesters were arrested yesterday during Occupy Wall Street’s “Occupy the Dream” protests held at Union Square, reports The New York Observer. About 150 protesters marched around Union Square before entering several stores, according to AM New York. Around four protesters were arrested after being warned to leave a Bank of America lobby. The Wall Street Journal reports that protesters marched from the African Burial Ground to the Federal Reserve in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. “He set the benchmark,” protester Ted Actie said. “He set the blueprint as far as what Occupy Wall Street is talking about.”

In The Daily News, two Alphabet City moms sound off on Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to grade teachers. “A lot of the teachers are acting like the children. You can tell there are teachers who shouldn’t be teaching yet, and I think it should be known who they are,” Tracy Gomez, who has an 11-year-old at P.S. 34, told the paper. Yvette Hernandez, whose 6-year-old daughter attends Success Charter School, disagreed: “They shouldn’t be graded. They know what they’re doing. It’s not always the teacher’s fault.”

The Daily News also gives a shout out to Yerba Buena on Avenue A and Indochine on Lafayette Street as spots to hit up during Restaurant Week.

Promoting “East of Bowery,” a new collection of short stories and photographs, authors Drew Hubner and Ted Barron sat down with No Such Thing As Was. Asked what drew him to write the book, Mr. Hubner said, “I come from freaks and the East Village is a great place where freaks from all over the country come to fly their flag. It’s the circus life for me.”

It’s All The Streets You Crossed Not So Long Ago, a blog that compiles “tales of New York City rock & roll landmarks, most of ’em long gone,” reprints a slew of Village Voice ads from 1969, including touts for the Peace Eye Bookstore, Annex, Dom, Luchow’s, and McSorley’s. The blog also links to The Local’s retrospective of The East Village Other, which kicked off this past weekend and will be updated here over the next weekends.

EV Grieve has a photo of a memorial created in honor of 12-year-old Deshane Santana, a resident of the Jacob Riis Houses, who was killed on Friday when she was struck by a minivan while crossing Delancey Street at Clinton Street.

And today, a public hearing by the Landmarks Preservation Commission will determine the future of East 10th Street along Tompkins Square Park.