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NYC police remove barricades from Wall Street bull

Wall Street Area - Tourists

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City's Wall Street bull has been freed from his corral.

The New York Post reports that police removed the barricades surrounding the Charging Bull sculpture on Tuesday.

The bull had been penned in since September 2011, when police feared the sculpture would be targeted by Occupy Wall Street protesters.

The New York Police Department says security around the bull will be assessed on a day-to-day basis.

The bull has long been popular with tourists who like to snap photos with the 3½-ton bronze sculpture. On Wednesday morning, they were doing just that as uniformed officers stood by nonchalantly.

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chefjohnp March 26 2014 at 10:33 AM

I understand the reasoning for the barricades, but I'm glad they are down. All those barricades, wooden blockers, cement pillars, bronze pillars, blocks and bricks make NYC look like a war zone. Yes, I understand, saving the time for the rebuttals, that this is necessary somewhat, but I'm still glad that they have taken them down.

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BRUCE March 26 2014 at 10:52 AM

Awesome looking sculpture, glad no harm has come to it.

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shortprint26 BRUCE March 26 2014 at 11:04 AM

I will now that the barricades are gone... So much for you little feeling of "warmth" lol....

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MARINE72 March 26 2014 at 10:58 AM

Merrill Lynch was bullish on America during the 70's, 80's & 90's. I was employed by them during those decades. That was when we were the biggest brokerage firm in the world. Since Bank of America came into the picture they are not the same player they were in the market and never will be unless they go back to being Merrill Lynch without BOA. Back in those days Merrill was a Marine Corps company run by former Marines & Reserve Marines like myself and others. Remember Donald T. Regan who ran Merrill for years & then became Secretary of State? He was a Marine. Semper Fi. Today's companies are only concerned about the bottom line. No more bullish on America.

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magarch1 MARINE72 March 26 2014 at 11:48 AM

Merrill is one of the worst, if not THE worst, financial institutions to be found anywhere!! I advise people to stay away from M-L ALWAYS....!!! They do nothing but job out their client's money to outside money managers, don't watch what's going on, take a percentage fee, and then blame the managers when they lose money... Pitiful organization!!! Have lost people tens of millions.... STAY AWAY...!!!

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scottee March 26 2014 at 11:26 AM

Occupy Washington.
not wall street.
wall street cannot do what they do without the consent of Washington.

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west83jazz March 26 2014 at 10:15 AM

As a New York City tour guide, I see this bull everyday. This bull was at first located a few blocks north at Broad and Wall Street overnight. I t was a surprise Christmas gift that the sculpture Auturo Demodica spent over $300,000 to sculpture the bull. However, unappreciative police and stock exchange officials banished the uninvited bull. The bull was moved it to nearby Bowling Green Park at the beginning of Broadway(Avenue). It was an instant hit. Now the bull have police protection thanks for the Occupy Wall Street group' whom set their eyes upon the bull.

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cramcept March 26 2014 at 10:13 AM

The sculpture was the artist's idea, not the city's. In an act of "guerrilla art", he trucked it to Lower Manhattan and on December 15, 1989, installed it beneath a 60-foot Christmas tree in the middle of Broad Street in front of the New York Stock Exchange as a Christmas gift to the people of New York. That day, crowds came to look at the bull, with hundreds stopping to admire and analyze the gift as Di Modica handed out copies of a flier about his artwork.[2]

The police seized the sculpture and placed it into an impound lot. The ensuing public outcry led the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to install it two blocks south of the Exchange in the plaza at Bowling Green. It faces up Broadway.[8]

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moller4444 cramcept March 26 2014 at 10:59 AM

Wikipedia much?

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wmfris March 26 2014 at 10:46 AM

"Merrill Lynch is Bullish on America!"

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magarch1 wmfris March 26 2014 at 11:50 AM

Merrill Lynch is full of sh*t...!!! See post above from mag...!!!

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boyle1034 March 26 2014 at 10:11 AM

The Wall Street Bull is tribute to the magnificence of the free market system and the hope that all who first spy the Statue of Liberty, as a first hand physical reality, enjoy.

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pty014372 March 26 2014 at 9:57 AM

I have an amazing shot of my fraternity brothers and I on top of the bull many years ago.

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