Mayor Bloomberg glanced toward the protestors and cracked a smile before heading off to work in the other direction on Monday morning.
But the drums beat on.
Protestors call this a 24-hour drum circle that started Sunday afternoon with over 300 people, taking their message directly to the mayor.
"That's why we're here at the mayor's house, because he is as he said solely responsible for that decision," one demonstrator said.
The police have the neighborhood locked up tight. Protestors are behind barricades, a half block away and across busy Fifth Avenue from the mayor's 79th Street townhouse. His entire block is closed to pedestrian traffic, for anyone who doesn't actually live here.
Linda Cash does and she is not happy.
"It's very annoying. My poor dog was very scared of the drums. She wasn't sure what's going on," she said.
Protest organizer Aaron Black says he's not indifferent to the fact that is a residential neighborhood. That's why they stopped all noise at 9:00 Sunday night.
"We have a right to assemble. We have a right to express ourselves, but I don't think we have a right to do so at the expense of children that need to sleep," Black said.
They planned to be gone by mid-afternoon.