Demonstrators gathered both in Times Square and several blocks away, outside the New York Hilton hotel, the New York Daily News reported.
Videos posted on social media showed several clashes between the crowd and city police, as well as a group of protesters burning an American flag.
Several people were taken away in handcuffs after a confrontation with police on Sixth Avenue, the Daily News reported.
Sam Costanza, a photographer for the newspaper, said he believed his nose had been broken after being attacked by 10-15 members of the crowd, according to the newspaper.
Two members of the media were among those arrested, FreedomNews.TV reported.
Several police officers also were injured, the Daily News report said.