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Forum Post: FoxNews.com: Zucotti Park

Posted 2 years ago on Oct. 7, 2011, 5:06 p.m. EST by patriot4change (818)
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Owners of New York City's Zuccotti Park may be starting to get fed up with it being occupied. Brookfield Office properties, the firm that owns the central location for the Occupy Wall Street protests, has released a statement claiming that they have not been able to properly maintain the park and that sanitation has become a growing concern.

"Because many of the protestors refuse to cooperate by adhering to the [park] rules, the park has not been cleaned since Friday, September 16th, and as a result, sanitary conditions have reached unacceptable levels," said in a written statement by the property management firm.

Brookfield normally cleans and inspects the condition of the park every night which includes a power washing, landscaping, and trash removal. They haven't been able to do so since the protestors have sent up a tent city as part of the protests.

"Basic rules intended to keep the park safe, open, clean, and welcoming to all visitors are clearly posted," the statement from Brookfield reads. "These rules includes bans on the erection of tents or other structures, as well as the placement of tarps, sleeping bags, or other coverings on the property.

"Unfortunately, many of the individuals currently occupying the grounds are ignoring these basic yet necessary requirements, which interferes with the use of the park by others." "#BrookfieldProps says they can't clean #LibertyPlaza. We'll share our brooms if they want 2 help," said one posting on the twitter feed @OccupyWallSt NYC.

Brookfield says that they recognize people's right to peacefully assemble but that they are also obligated to ensure that the park remains safe, clean and accessible to everyone.

"We continue to work with the City of New York to address these conditions and restore the park to its intended purpose," the statement continued.

In addition to the growing mess at the park, The NYPD has spent over $2 million in overtime to keep cops stationed at the protests, according to a public statement by Commissioner Ray Kelly made yesterday afternoon.

The NYPD did not immediately return requests for comment on Brookfield's statement.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/10/07/owners-zuccotti-park-says-conditions-unsanitary-from-wall-street-protests/?google_editors_picks=true#ixzz1a8FLhPGF

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[-] 1 points by powertothepeople (1264) 2 years ago

Hey wanted to post this photo that someone just tweeted - part of the clean up crew in Zucotti Park

http://twitpic.com/6wq9ck

[-] 1 points by patriot4change (818) 2 years ago

Cool. Thank, powertothepeople. To most of us, it is blatantly obvious that people are living responsibly there in Zucotti Park. It's the Media that will be the only source of "misinformation" on this issue. I like the photo.

[-] 1 points by makmak (57) 2 years ago

This same story has been on CBS/1010Wins website since early this morning. Fox isn't the only one that picked it up.

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/10/07/occupy-wall-street-protest-prompts-concern-about-conditions-in-zuccotti-park/

[-] 1 points by distortion (196) 2 years ago

thats kind of the point isn't it...

[-] 1 points by patriot4change (818) 2 years ago

Just forwarding the news, man. Just forwarding the news...

[-] 1 points by distortion (196) 2 years ago

i hate that foxnews has successfully turned OWS into a bunch of dirty hippies who want a hand out. Last i heard they had clean up crews, and i'm sure people would be more than willing to make a comprise and let them in to do what they need to do if they asked.

[-] 1 points by patriot4change (818) 2 years ago

Exactly. It should be easy enough to prove them wrong.

[-] 1 points by rosebudflorida (1) 2 years ago

"since the protestors have sent up a tent city as part of the protests."

"These rules includes bans on the erection of tents..."

I know there are no tents, due to the rules, so WTF is Faux talking about? Tent city? They are, as usual, blatantly contradictory. In the same article.

[-] 1 points by patriot4change (818) 2 years ago

Here's what I just wrote to powertothepeople: If you READ the article... it talks about SANITATION issues and daily PARK Maintenance. I figured I'd give you a "heads up"... hint hint... that all you have to do is KEEP THE PARK CLEAN... and you could probably stay there for years. Maybe even contact the company that OWNS the park and work out some kind of CLEANING schedule with them. Just sayin'...

[-] 1 points by powertothepeople (1264) 2 years ago

This FOX news article quotes Commisioner Ray Kelly:

The NYPD has spent over $2 million in overtime to keep cops stationed at the protests, according to a public statement by Commissioner Ray Kelly made yesterday afternoon.

BUT THEY LEFT OUT THIS PART OF WHAT HE SAID:

Despite the skirmishes, Kelly maintained that as long as the protestors were peaceful, and followed the rules, there would be no problems.

"We are accommodating peaceful protests. We are proud of the fact that we do that in this city. People are going to be here for an extended period of time. We're going to accommodate them as long as they do it peacefully and in accordance with the laws and regulations," he said.

[-] 1 points by patriot4change (818) 2 years ago

Exactly. If you READ the article... it talks about SANITATION issues and daily PARK Maintenance. I figured I'd give you a "heads up"... hint hint... that all you have to do is KEEP THE PARK CLEAN... and you could probably stay there for years. Maybe even contact the company that OWNS the park and work out some kind of CLEANING schedule with them. Just sayin'...

[-] 1 points by powertothepeople (1264) 2 years ago

There IS a cleaning crew. There is a committee set up for that. I have been down to the park and each time I am there I see people picking up garbage and sweeping. They are also emptying the trash bins each night putting the garbage out for the city pickup and replacing the plastic bags.

The Brookfield statement explains that they usually hose down the plaza and they have not been able to since the protestors are there. That's about the only thing the protest is preventing.

[-] 1 points by patriot4change (818) 2 years ago

Then everything is 'cool', right? I simply forwarded to you what FoxNews is saying along with the OWNER of Zucotti Park. I figured that might be somewhat 'useful' to the people camping out there. If the news report is incorrect, then contact the OWNER of Zucotti Park and work out some kind of POSITIVE support from him.

[-] 1 points by powertothepeople (1264) 2 years ago

Yea this perception of "OWNER" of park needs to be corrected too. They only "OWN" the park because they agreed with the city to operate it as a public space in exchange for being allowed some exemptions to zoning laws with their other properties. So it is a public space, that they maintain.

The people camping out are already aware, they've been aware since the beginning thru their contact with police and as you can see in your article, they've been quoted via Twitter.

BTW, I have no problem with you or the fact that you posted this, I have a problem with what FOX omits from their report and the attempt to make it look like the protestors are not cleaning up after themselves. because they are.

[-] 1 points by patriot4change (818) 2 years ago

Perfect. We be cool. At least now you have an idea of what they are saying in the news (specifically about Zucotti Park). From what I can tell, the park has become a functioning little place that some are even calling Zucotti Village or Wall Street Village.

[-] 1 points by powertothepeople (1264) 2 years ago

I like to think it could be a model for what displaced people could do to help each other. : )

[-] 1 points by patriot4change (818) 2 years ago

Hey, man. You should have read my Post yesterday. I said the EXACT same thing. I believe the little sub-community that has been created on Wall Street is the first step in a new set of programs to assist people who have a wide range of needs and concerns.

[-] 1 points by littleg (452) 2 years ago

Don't you have any useful news to share ?

[-] 1 points by patriot4change (818) 2 years ago

I thought this WAS pretty damn useful. If you are in NYC... and you are camping out in Zucotti Park... I just figured you might want to know what they are discussing today. But then again, you sound like a fucking idiot... so being USEFUL is something you would have no concept of. When they beat you out of Zucotti Park with night sticks... just remember this Post. And think about what a dumb-ass you were to question me when I tried to give you a "heads up".

[-] 2 points by marsdefIAnCe (365) 2 years ago

OWS definitely needs to keep it clean and tidy. It's cool to be a hippie, but keep up appearances if you are genuinely trying to impress a nation and a world.

[-] 1 points by powertothepeople (1264) 2 years ago

This is true. They are trying and need to continue the effort to be clean and conscientious.

[-] 1 points by patriot4change (818) 2 years ago

Apparently, they believe that they ARE keeping the park perfectly clean and tidy. If that is the case, then I suggested that they contact the OWNER of Zucotti Park and inquire as to what his grievances may (or may not) be. Maybe even set up a cleaning SCHEDULE with the OWNER of the Park.

[-] 1 points by littleg (452) 2 years ago

Don't try to be smart, we know your motive behind pasting this news here. Lot of other people also read news.

"When they beat you out of Zucotti Park with night sticks...". This statement summarizes your motive.

[-] 1 points by patriot4change (818) 2 years ago

When I said "beat you out of Zucotti Park with night sticks..." I didn't mean anyone else. I literally meant "beat YOU out of Zucotti Park with night sticks..." because I'm guessing the NYPD will single you out personally due to your noticeable ignorance and attitude. Everyone else should be fine. It's just YOU that I'm guessing will be kicked out of the park...

[-] 1 points by patriot4change (818) 2 years ago

FoxNews is the most "watched" news channel with the largest viewer base. If you read the other "constructive" comments to this Post... you would come realize that it is YOU that is making yourself "useless" to this movement. You don't know me from Adam. And for you to accuse me of being "subversive" is a clear sign that you should just step out of the way and let intelligent people discuss the issues at hand.

[-] 1 points by littleg (452) 2 years ago

Let me correct you, FoxNews is the most "watched" news channel with the largest stupid viewer base.

"A person who calls himself as intelligent is a stupid." - Quote by littleg

[-] 1 points by patriot4change (818) 2 years ago

Another comment from makmak writes: This same story has been on CBS/1010Wins website since early this morning. Fox isn't the only one that picked it up.

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/10/07/occupy-wall-street-protest-prompts-concern-about-conditions-in-zuccotti-park/

So, littleg... are they part of the largest stupid viewer base too?

[-] 1 points by littleg (452) 2 years ago

No. That exclusive title is reserved for Fox news viewers only, because they don't watch anything else but Fox news or some other "News Corp" channel.

[-] 1 points by patriot4change (818) 2 years ago

Wow! You have just labeled 100 Million people who watch the news. That's a lot of power you possess there. You possess the power to label 100 Million people who watch TV? Impressive.

[-] 1 points by patriot4change (818) 2 years ago

I didn't say that I was intelligent. I simply implied that YOU are NOT intelligent. And that YOU alone will be kicked out of the park... based on your ignorance and attitude.

[-] 1 points by littleg (452) 2 years ago

Good luck!

[-] 1 points by patriot4change (818) 2 years ago

Oh, it's ON now. How dare you say, "Good luck!" to me. I know your motive behind saying "Good luck!" to me. That statement summarizes your motive. How dare you. I'm reporting you as a troll. Ha!