New York's finest will not force protesters to leave - at least for now.
Protesters had reportedly joined hands and were singing and chanting songs about their resistance to an order to vacate the park. They showed no sign of compliance with police orders to leave.
A 7 a.m. eastern time "cleaning" of the filthy conditions in Zucotti Park, a privately owned square near Wall and Broad Streets and the bronze bull that symbolizes the financial community's go-cat-go machismo, has been "postponed," according to a statement issued by the Mayor's office and the New York City Police Department.
The announcement came a half-hour before the deadline for protesters to leave the area prior to a pressure cleaning and disposal of the detritus of their weeks-long occupation, including sleeping bags, tarps, protest signs, and other items of personal property that has accumulated on the grounds.