Bloomberg tells Occupy Wall Street protesters to clear Zuccotti Park by Friday
Wall Street may not be occupied for much longer.
Two days after Mayor Michael Bloomberg said protesters could stay in Zuccotti Park “indefinitely” if they followed the law, the mayor visited them tonight to say they had to be out of there by Friday, according to the mayor’s office. The reason given by the mayor tonight was that the park needs to be cleaned.
The request to clean the park is coming from the company that owns it, Brookfield Office Properties, which wrote a two-page letter to the NYPD asking for help “to clear the Park” and to “assist” on an “ongoing basis” in order to keep the area safe and clean.
In the Oct. 11 letter to NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, Brookfield’s C.E.O., Richard B. Clark, said the four-week old “trespassing of the protesters” has created “a health and public safety issue that must be addressed immediately.”