Occupy Wall Street: Zuccotti Park Cleaning Postponed (video)
Occupy Wall Street Protesters Remain in Zuccotti Park
Brookfield Properties has delayed the cleanup of Lower Manhattan's Zuccotti Park, which postpones a showdown between the NYPD and the Occupy Wall Street protesters.
Though the decision to postpone the attempted eviction of the protesters was not announced until 6:20am on the 14th, just 40 minutes before the scheduled cleaning. According to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Brookfield postponed the cleaning under pressure by local officials.
Bloomberg, himself a billionaire and therefore in an awkward position in this protest, couldn't resist adding a soundbite of his own: "If those elected officials would spend half as much time trying to promote the city and get jobs to come here, we would go a long ways toward answering the concerns of the protesters."
Zuccotti Park is privately owned, as are several hundred public spaces in New York City, in a deal that allows the property developer to avoid certain zoning restrictions in exchange for providing public space.
In this case, the building "connected" to Zuccotti Park (which is made up of concrete and benches) is 1 Liberty Plaza, though the two are not directly joined. You can see a map of Zuccotti Park below, along with eyewitness video of this morning's announcement.