NYC residents complain about 'Occupy' protesters

By the Associated Press | October 24, 2011 | 4:40 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York residents near a park where Wall Street protesters have been camped out for more than a month are complaining their quality of life has declined.

Some neighbors who attended a two-hour meeting Thursday said protesters urinate in the streets and beat drums at night. Some called for the protesters to leave.

In his appearance on WOR Radio on Friday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the lack of protest leaders has made it difficult for neighbors to negotiate with them.

But protest spokesman Han Shan attended Thursday's meeting and agreed the protesters need to be better neighbors.

A community board passed a resolution that recognized the protesters' First Amendment rights. But it said it opposed the use of force by police or the parks' owners to address their concerns.