De Blasio: NYC 'took a step forward' last night, but curfew to stay in place this week

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The NYPD arrested at least 280 people Tuesday night on the sixth day of protests in New York City, and while isolated looting was reported in Manhattan, it didn't reach the severity of previous nights.

"Last night we took a step forward in moving out of this difficult period," de Blasio said at his daily briefing. He said protests were "overwhelmingly peaceful" and that the NYPD was "respecting the peaceful protest" after several nights of viral clashes and violent unrest.

The mayor said looting seen Monday night was largely absent but that the city planned to keep a curfew in place through Monday morning.

The curfew begins at 8 p.m. each night and ends at 5 a.m. each morning until the morning of June 8.

De Blasio said traffic restrictions limiting vehicles below 96th Street are also likely to remain in place as well.

The mayor said “we might make some adjustments along he way” but that keeping the restrictions "is the right thing to do for just a few days as we address this situation and move forward."

At his daily briefing Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo also said the night had been much better compared to the previous two nights.

"It worked, we got results," the governor said. "Let's just remember what we did last night and keep that going."

Cuomo sought to distinguish the peaceful protesters from looters and vandals, saying "two very different situations are going on."

"One is protesting, the other is looting," the governor said. "Violence demeans the situation and loses the righteous indignation (at George Floyd's death)."

Cuomo said a relatively small number of "opportunists ... see the police are busy dealing with the protesters and they say, 'Well, here’s an opportunity to loot and to steal and cause mayhem.'"

As for bringing in the military to quell the unrest, as President Donald Trump has suggested, Cuomo said that should only be done in dire situations, which wasn't the reality in New York City this week.

While Tuesday night was mainly peaceful, there was looting reported at the Zara at Broadway and Vesey Street, as well as at the Nordstrom Rack near 31 Street and 6th Avenue. Damage was also seen at several locations, including a Starbucks and FedEx store, near Astor Place in the East Village.

The Guardian Angels also faced off with looters at a Foot Locker in NoHo. Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa may have suffered a broken jaw in the standoff, which saw the Angels linking arms around the Foot Locker as looters moved in.

But a show of force by the NYPD and an earlier curfew of 8 p.m. appeared to curb the widespread looting seen on Sunday and Monday nights.

Thousands of peaceful demonstrators marched through New York City neighborhoods on Tuesday demanding an end to police brutality. Hundreds of them faced off with the NYPD at the Manhattan Bridge.

Tuesday's protests, sparked by George Floyd's death at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis, kicked off with a rally at Foley Square. Protesters soon filled streets and plazas across the city, passing sites including the Stonewall Inn, Barclays Center, Gracie Mansion, Mount Sinai Union Square — where health care workers kneeled in support — and Bryant Park.

As the city's curfew went into effect at 8 p.m., many protesters were still out marching. At approximately 9:30 p.m., the NYPD said "dozens" of people had been arrested, without immediately saying when, where or why the arrests took place.

See below for live updates:

11:15 p.m. Mayor Bill de Blasio says he is at Barclays Center, calling the scene there a “very calm situation.”

“So far, the curfew is certainly helping, based on everything I’ve seen in Brooklyn and Manhattan over the last three hours,” he writes.

11:10 p.m. Protesters exit the Manhattan Bridge with their hands raised, chanting, “Hands up, don’t shoot.” 

10:55 p.m. A confrontation between police and protesters on Sixth Avenue in Chelsea.

10:50 p.m. Police take people into custody near the intersection of 14th Street and Fifth Avenue. 

10:30 p.m. Most of the protesters have left the Manhattan side of the bridge.

10:20 p.m. Protesters cross the Manhattan Bridge toward Brooklyn after a tense standoff on the Manhattan side.

10:15 p.m. Police officers begin to push and hit protesters with batons as they disperse crowds outside the Barclays Center.

10:10 p.m. NYPD officers arrest a person outside of Barclays Center in Brooklyn. 

10:10 p.m. Police officers arrest several people at 14th Street and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. 

10 p.m. NYPD officers refuse to allow protesters off the Manhattan Bridge and into Manhattan.  

10 p.m. The scene outside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, two hours after curfew. 

10 p.m. Police and protesters continue to stand off at the entrance to the Manhattan Bridge in Manhattan.

9:45 p.m. A crowd of protesters chant “De Blasio, resign."

9:40 p.m. New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams says he witnesses “incredibly extreme excessive force” from NYPD officers “used on what appeared to be completely non-violent protests in Hell’s Kitchen.”

9:35 p.m. A group of people run down the street in Hell’s Kitchen an hour and a half after curfew.

9:30 p.m. A chaotic scene in Manhattan as NYPD officers begin to arrest protesters.

9:20 p.m. A protester is taken into custody near the Manhattan Bridge rampway.

9:20 p.m. Protesters in Brooklyn approach Barclays Center.

9:15 p.m. NYPD officers block a crowd of protesters on the Manhattan Bridge.

9:10 p.m. Protesters continue to march on the Upper West Side in Manhattan.

9:10 p.m. NYPD officers tell protesters who marched across the Manhattan Bridge to turn around, more than an hour after curfew.

8:50 p.m. A few people remain at Columbus Circle approximately 50 minutes after curfew. 

8:40 p.m. Police officers make some arrests in SoHo in Manhattan. It wasn’t immediately clear who was being arrested or why.

8:04 p.m. A crowd marches through downtown Brooklyn four minutes after curfew.

8 p.m. Police officers and protesters stand outside Barclays Center in Brooklyn as the city’s curfew takes effect.

7:30 p.m. Protesters kneel in the street on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

7:25 p.m. Demonstrators take part in a silent vigil for George Floyd a few blocks from Gracie Mansion on the Upper East Side.

7:20 p.m. Two NYPD officers kneel with protesters near Union Square.

7:10 p.m. Protesters near Union Square ask NYPD officers to “take a knee.” 

7 p.m. A crowd gathers outside the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Manhattan. 

7 p.m. Protesters with “Black Lives Matter” signs fill Times Square an hour before the city's curfew goes into effect.

6:55 p.m. Protesters march through Columbus Circle, heading toward the west side of Manhattan.

6:55 p.m. Demonstrators march past the intersection of West 45th Street and Sixth Avenue in Manhattan.

6:50 p.m. Protestors chant “Hands up, don’t shoot” as they march on Livingston Street in downtown Brooklyn.

6:45 p.m. Thousands of protesters gather in Union Square, less than an hour and a half before the city’s 8 p.m. curfew.

6:40 p.m. NYPD officers line the streets as protesters march up Flatbush Avenue in downtown Brooklyn chanting “Black Lives Matter.”

6:35 p.m. Demonstrators march down Fifth Avenue on the Upper East Side, heading toward Midtown East.

6:30 p.m. Health care workers cheer for protesters outside of Lenox Hill Hospital on the Upper East Side.

6:30 p.m. Children in a Gramercy Park building hold up supportive signs as protesters march past.

6:25 p.m. A protester holds a sign honoring the memories of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and Tony McDade outside Barclays Center.

6:20 p.m. A crowd of protesters gather outside Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn.

6:15 p.m. Protesters in Park Slope carry signs bearing phrases including “No More Killer Cops,” “Police The Police” and “Black Lives Matter,” as well as an illustration of George Floyd.

6:10 p.m. Demonstrators pass the New York Public Library building on 42nd Street in Midtown as they make their way to Bryant Park.

6 p.m. Demonstrators gather at Park Place and Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn for a scheduled protest.

6 p.m. NYPD officers line up along barricades as protesters gather in Union Square.

5:55 p.m. Protesters chant as they march through Union Square in Manhattan.

5:40 p.m. Demonstrators gather in Sheridan Square, across from the Stonewall Inn. 

5:40 p.m. Protesters on the Upper East Side march toward Gracie Mansion. 

5:30 p.m. The protest in front of Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village continues.

5:10 p.m. Protesters cheer for health care workers as they march past Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center on the Upper East Side.

5:10 p.m. A crowd gathers in front of the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village. 

5 p.m. Protesters march up First Avenue on the Upper East Side as bystanders cheer them on.

4:55 p.m. Demonstrators march toward Union Square from Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village.

4:50 p.m. A view of protesters marching up First Avenue on the Upper East Side.

4:10 p.m. A sanitation truck driver honks as protesters pass by his vehicle.

4 p.m. Peaceful demonstrators who marched up Park Avenue in Manhattan head east on 34th Street. 

3:30 p.m. State Senator Brad Hoylman, whose district includes parts of Manhattan, shares a photo of health care workers kneeling outside of Mount Sinai-Union Square.

3:30 p.m. Protestors pass through Washington Square Park and march up Fifth Avenue in Greenwich Village.

2:45 p.m. Protesters chant at the intersection of Morris Street and Broadway in Manhattan, near the Charging Bull sculpture.

2:40 p.m. Demonstrators pack Broadway in Manhattan, near the Charging Bull sculpture.

2:30 p.m. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hands out masks to protesters in Queens. 

2:20 p.m. Protesters march up Broadway in SoHo with signs emblazoned with messages like “Defund the NYPD” and “No more injustice” — drawing supportive honks from drivers in the area. 

2:15 p.m. Protesters march down Lafayette Street in Chinatown.

2:10 p.m. A group of protesters chant outside of the 114th Street precinct in Astoria, Queens. 

2 p.m. Peaceful protesters gather at Steinway Street and 30th Avenue in Astoria with signs reading “Astoria supports black lives” and “I am my brother’s keeper.”

1:40 p.m. Protesters temporarily halt traffic in Manhattan after marching across the Brooklyn Bridge to 1 Police Plaza.

1 p.m. At Foley Square, protesters hold signs bearing messages including “For George Floyd and so many others… only revolution can bring justice,” and “Down with Trump’s racist martial law threats.” They also kneel and raise their fists during a moment of silence to honor Floyd.

President Donald Trump on Monday threatened to deploy the U.S. military to shut down violent protests if state governors did not do so themselves. Organizers who spoke during the Foley Square protest, however, called for peace.

“Tonight there is a curfew. For people who are able to stay out, it’s important that we’re there to deescalate potential violence,” one speaker said, referring to the 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew Mayor Bill de Blasio has imposed on New York City through Sunday.