As a teenager, these are my recollections from that day: the three television networks, ABC, NBC and CBS (yes there were only three major networks back then) had set up three big
screens in Central Park to show the landing. It was pouring rain and late at night but there was still a pretty good crowd.
To pass the time the networks would show the crowd itself in Central Park. The lights for the TV cameras however, were pretty bright and the marijuana smoking crowd in front wanted no part of it (marijuana of course, was illegal everywhere in the U.S. at that time). To express their displeasure the crowd raised a certain finger which of course the networks couldn't show and the lights would be turned out. Eventually, our astronauts did walk on the moon. We called home to Seattle later that night to talk to family about what we all had seen -- it just wasn't quite so late for them to watch the landing.