Occupy Raid Gets Sinatra Treatment

'New York, New York' plays as cops round up protesters
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Nov 17, 2011 10:39 AM CST

(Newser) – Frank Sinatra and police raids: a marriage made in ... NYC. A local filmmaker has set the police raid of Zuccotti Park to Sinatra's "New York, New York" in a new YouTube video—and it makes for quite a contrast. As Sinatra sings about "the city that never sleeps," we see police hauling away protester after protester, DNAinfo reports. "Sinatra's 'New York, New York' is the ultimate celebration of New York City," explains creator Casey Neistat, star of HBO's The Neistat Brothers.

"The whimsy the song provided was a perfect juxtaposition for the harshness of the visuals," he adds. Neistat headed to the park when he learned of the raid and filmed for 18 hours. “Throughout the day I empathized more with the police then the protesters," he said. "A lot of the anger was directed at the police officers personally which is nonsensical, something I found frustrating."

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