‘Occupy Wall Street’ Protest Prompts Concern About Conditions In Zuccotti Park

Organizing Web Site Goes Down Friday Morning

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Occupy Wall Street protesters who have been based out of Zuccotti Park for the past three weeks lost their online home briefly.

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reports: Residents Are Complaining About The Protesters

Friday morning, visitors to the Occupy Wall Street website were greeted with a message that said the website was “temporarily down for a hardware upgrade.”

“Please check back soon,” read a brief message on the website, along with “So sorry.”

By 9 a.m., though, the site was back up.

The physical occupation, however, doesn’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon. Zuccotti Park’s owners – Brookfield Office Properties – are required to grant the public access to the park. However, they’re somewhat frustrated by the conditions that are emerging there.

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reports: Ray Kelly On The NYPD’s Response

“Sanitation is a growing concern,” Brookfield said in a statement. “Normally the park is cleaned and inspected every weeknight… because the protestors refuse to cooperate… the park has not been cleaned since Friday, September 16th and as a result, sanitary conditions have reached unacceptable levels.”

Police have fielded complaints about the noise, garbage and barricades that make it difficult to get anywhere, especially during the marches, reported WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond.

“We also spoke with the protesters about other sites that they might also be looking at,” said Julie Menin, chairwoman of Community Board 1. “Since Zuccotti Park is obviously a smaller park, and the protests seem to be getting larger each and every day.”

Protester Yusneia Beerian says the protesters are making an effort to be good neighbors. Beerian says protesters are sweeping sidewalks and stop their drumming at night.

“Even if the tomorrow this plaza is cleaned out, the struggle continues,” Beerian said.

Photos: Occupy Wall Street

“We are accommodating peaceful protests. We are proud of the fact that we do that in this city,” NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said.”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.”

“Right now, they’re on private property and people who own that property don’t have the power to eject them,” Kelly said.

Meanwhile, Kelly claimed that some protesters were deliberately stirring up trouble and sparking skirmishes with his officers.

“They actually had a countdown – 10, 9, 8, 7, 6 – they grouped together, they joined arms and they charged police,” Kelly said. “They attacked the police. They wanted to get into Wall Street.”

Kelly warned protesters that if they deliberately attacked police they can expect a stern response.

“They’re going to be met with force when they do that. This is just common sense,” Kelly said.

On his weekly radio show on WOR, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he’s sympathetic to what some of the protestors are complaining about and indicated he’s inclined to let the demonstrations play out as long as they remain peaceful.

1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reports: Bloomberg Speaks About Protest

“I think what you see here, is a lot of people are disaffected,” Bloomberg said. “Whether they see government not working or they read about government not working, it’s a good chance to get together and protest.”

He also noted that the protest is starting to gain momentum around the country and said while some of the demonstrators’ complaints are legitimate, others are not.

Should more be done to improve conditions at Zuccotti Park? If the protests continue to grow, should they take up a new space?

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  • X Agenda

    Why are you reporting that Bloomberg is sympathetic to these unwashed idiots when I read in the newspapers that he is against what they are doing. You push your agenda without shame CBS.

  • Mr Clean

    Yeah, the park is getting filthy, but so are the other places

    The Securities and Exchange Commission didn’t get high marks as a watchdog during the recent economic crisis, and it turns out that some SEC employees occupied themselves at the time by viewing and downloading pornography on government computers.

    Dozens of SEC staffers used government computers to access and download explicit images and many of the incidents have occurred since the global financial meltdown began, according to a new watchdog investigation. The SEC inspector general conducted 33 probes of employees, 31 of which occurred in the last 2 years. Several of the employees held senior positions, earning between $99,300 and
    $222,418 per year.

    In one instance, a regional office staff account admitted viewing pornography on his office computer and on his SEC-issued laptop while on official government travel. Another staff account received nearly 1,800 access denials for pornography Web sites in a two-week period and had more than 600 images saved on her laptop’s hard drive, the report said.

    A senior attorney at SEC headquarters in Washington admitted he sometimes spent as much as eight hours viewing pornography from his office computer, according to the report. The attorney’s computer ran out of space for the downloaded images, so he started storing them on CDs and DVDs that he stored in his office.

  • HOPE you try working for a CHANGE

    Any sympathy serious protesters may attract through a real, honest presentation of ideas is lost upon the large percentage of you clueless, whiny, malcontent students that expect something for nothing. Since when does attending college entitle you to a living? You want a job, start on the bottom rung and work yourself up like everyone else does- including the large majority of the wealthy people you rail against. Note: If tuition is too high, I suggest you rally against those rich leftist professors at NYU and Columbia who indoctrinated you to believe you shouldn’t have to pay the price of an overrated education, and demand they redistribute their wealth to needy students. See the response you get…and be prepared for a real education.

  • Vik

    Here’s how to improve the conditions in Zucotti Park. Send these Whiny, Annoying, Bleeding Heart, Lazy A-holes home!!!! That’s what can improve it!

    • Aylin r.

      don’t be so ignorant. everyone has a different reason to be there. everyone has their own beliefs. so, relax. and that’s not just for Vik, its for all you ignorant rude people commenting on here.

  • Shlomo Farkas

    I have an idea. Let’s cleanse the area with Zyklon B. That’ll solve the problem.

    What? Too soon? Too soon?

  • Sal

    So, these dirtbags are taking away this park on such beautiful days for their selfish reasons, guess they don’t know the definition of greedy. And I bet these dirtbags are also “save the environment” gang that is destroying the park. Yeah, this makes sense.

  • Danny

    In order to have a successful capitalistic democracy, there has to be the “haves and have nots”. That has always been. The problem we are facing today, is the fair balance of the ‘haves and have nots”. The balance has been shifting for a very long time, but like with all things physics related, it is now moving at a greater rate. Fewer and fewer people are controlling the wealth. As far as the notion that things can only be made in a capitalistic society, that is quite absurd. The soviets had many inventions during their communistic years. They sent the first man to space. They invented radios and flashlights that require no batteries. (Sharper Image sells them). Necessity is the mother of invention. Not money.
    This protest will get bigger before it ends. This protest, may in fact, change this country forever. Good or bad? Only time will tell.

    • Sal

      most of those protesting are “have nots” because they choose to be so. Many in this coutnry, like these hypocrites, want to be given a 60k job right out of college.

  • Wall Street Trader

    When I drive my Land Rover passed these protesters I give them my middle finger…

  • Ween

    Let them rot away in there own waste.I spit at these dirt balls everyday. Lmao

  • CurlyBill

    Wow!! this reminds me of the Vietnam era. you remember Vietnam, don’t you? Another big mess the Democrats got us into and then blamed on the Republicans!

    • Norman

      Yeah, you mean like Iraq? Oh wait…

  • Jon Doe

    You people are retarded…

    List of CEO’s of the Big 4 Banks

    Jamie Dimon – CEO and Chair of JPMorgan..NOT Jewish. Greek descent.
    Vikram Pandit – CEO of Citi. NOT Jewish. Indian (Hindu).
    Brian Moynihan and Charles O. Holliday CEOs of Bank of America. NOT Jewish. Both Cathoilc.
    John Stumpf -CEO of Wells Fargo. NOT Jewish.

    Now to you people spreading hate: STFU, stop blaming us Jews for all your problems for once in history (its not like we’re all employed either…), and get a life.

    • IgnoranteElephante

      The Jewish stranglehold is with the protestors and their Jewish Soros backed money. You’re retarted.

  • Peter Potamus

    What is this ‘greet’ you speak of?

  • John L

    These irresponsible bums should be working to support their families, or themselves. GO TO WORK!!!!!!!!!!

    • martin weidberg

      I agree; I visited the site yesterday….It was a pigpen…….If they want to be helpful let them visit the vets and give them comfort……

    • John D

      John L – is your company hiring? Didn’t think so

      • John L

        Hey John D- if you are implyingthe people protesting are unemployed, why aren’t they spending their time and energy TO FIND A JOB????? Guess living off unemployment checks gives them license to not look for a job and shouting and carying placards to fight against “the man”? C’mon… don’t they realize that people that WORK are paying for them to collect unemployment/ “fight the power”?

      • Sal

        I have seen many Help Wanted signs on resteurants, cafes, and the like. What is wrong with those jobs? Don’t pay enough? Are they looking for higher paying jobs from those Greedy Corporations they are protesting against? And why do they want higher paying jobs, sounds greedy to me.

  • Lucifer Sam

    I don’t know what the significance of the “website was taken down” is… if you [the press] were in contact with the protesters you would have known that the I.T. people at Zuccotti Park were planning on launching a new, better website today. A website that will be more user friendly and conducive to allowing the citizenry to voice their opinions more easily than the one previous. A public announcement was made yesterday regarding this fact… I guessed you [the press] missed that… just like you [the press] miss a lot of stuff that concerns the citizenry. A public announcement was made (also yesterday) that starting today at 12:00pm the participants in Occupy Wall Street and/or any volunteers were going to address the issue of cleanliness and sanitation in the park… I guess you [the press] missed that too. There was also a discussion about agreeing on a “Good Neighbor Policy” regarding the barricades which the police have erected and the noise that makes the once passive citizenry heard. I guess you [the press] missed that too. The once glorified press seems to be rather incompetent or run like a fly by night group of anonymous meat packing glitterati.

    • IgnoranteElephante

      Those IT people are the product of capitalism.

      End the gay Jewish stranglehold on America!

      • Lucifer Sam

        The IT people are a product of the educational system or quite possibly the publishing world, i.e., IT for Dummies or something similar. Capitalism isn’t the problem anyway… it’s the pseudo fascist corporate state that exists between big business and the government. The collusion of big money and government policy that is “supposed to be”… OF, BY, and FOR… the people. Thanks for playing though.

    • Syd

      That cat’s something I can’t explain.

  • Nero

    Why don’t we just see this whole “protest” thing for what it is, an excuse for people to try to get famous expounding anti-semetic rhetoric. Who is funding these guys? Soros? A Canadian activist group? I sense very little genuineness here. I’m sure *some* of them mean well, but the underlying reason for this is dubious to me.

    • IgnoranteElephante

      wait a minute. I am no fan of the protestors or the Jews. In fact, the protestors are the Jews, like Soros, and company. Just a bunch or ashamed to be wealthy Jews taking their ATM card, linked into their parent’s bank accounts to the streets.

  • Dude #2

    Most of them don’t have aclue why they are there. They are talking about “Big Bad Capitalism”, meawhile they are all walking with Ipads and Ipods that the capitalism provided to them.

    • Joe Biden

      Voters are just as clueless and easily manipulated. That’s what we count on.

    • NYCBOY

      Dude – you are right.
      I get it. People are so angry and with good cause. Countrywide Mortgage illegally sold mortgages, BoA has been poorly managed for nearly a decade and just keeps raping their customers with fees; Bernie Madoff – should have been executed…BUT at the same time Capitalism is what creates opportunity. Steve Jobs WOULDN’T have been able to create Apple without it. CAncer survival rates would be zero without it; the technology these frustrated folks are using wouldn’t be possible without it. I honestly do believe the real issue here is if Corporation A is going to ask for tax breaks, for fiscal assistance, for an inside track on something THEY SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE and made to pay the taxes they owe; be made to create real jobs with the money they receive. That’s the lightening bolt that I think attracted the masses to come together. What I think IS COMPLETELY MISGUIDED is the attack on individuals who earn a good wage. If you are doing it honestly, through good ideas and hard work no one has a damn right to accuse you of earning too much. If I work hard, sorry but that $ is mine and someone who doesn’t work as hard doesn’t deserve it. BUT, if the CORPORATION I work for is on the take, then ABSOLUTELY, they should be paying into the public coffers. This distinction is very real, extremely valid and WILL be the downfall of this bunch IF they fail to understand and acknowledge this distinction.

      • sdel

        Thanks for putting in words, that are exactly my thoughts.

      • John L

        Very well said!

  • Mary

    Whether they are loony or doing drugs, whatever……the point is they are fueling protests across the USA and bringing to light, issues we are facing. If anything, this little group is making the politicians squirm, which is more than the 45 million people on food stamps do, and the 20% of the population that is actually un or under-employed do.

    • Tricia

      “making the politicians squirm” Are you joking?
      These are obama and company’s marxist and socialists.
      These are the Democrat’s “astroturf”, hired, recruited and manipulated to make you believe the so called rich bankers did this to the economy, when it was
      THEM (career politicians who have made $$$$ millions in office regulating and taxing everything). Don’t be fooled by their deflecting propaganda. Vote them out!

      • John D

        Would you like to borrow some aluminum foil dear?

  • Michael

    I really can’t believe you people. This country is broken, and to blame these people who are only trying to make fools like you understand the simple FACT, is ridiculous. In case you forgot, there is a constitutional right in this country to freely assemble. They should be able to go anywhere they want (INCLUDING WALL STREET). After all, what’s the big deal? ” It’s just a street,” right? The people who ”hate” America are the ones who refuse to acknowledge our constitutional right to disagree. Are you all members of the 1%, or are you just the blind faithful?

    • tresspassing

      They are tresspassing on private property and should be arrested.The owner of that property will be the ones paying for the cleanup.So sad that this protest is costing so much money in this bad economy.There greed is still as bad as wallstreet .

    • Clean&Fresh

      If they are free to assemble anywhere, then how about in front of your parent’s house? How would they feel about that?

    • CJSP

      Scmuck!!! It is not broken for people like me and Millions of others. DO you see every apartment in Manhattan, every private home in the outer bouroughs. They are all occupied by what you consider to be part of the 99% The system does work for millions and while nothing is perfect, it is much better than the alternatives!!!

  • Dan

    Time to get out the fire hoses and the German Shepherds. Where’s Bull Connor when you need him

  • Protest the Protestors

    I thought this may actually be a real movement until I went down there and saw the protestors for myself. I saw people drugged out of their minds along with a bunch of anarchists, communists and people that hate America. There is real anger out there about how we got into this mess, but this is not a good representation of it.

    • Avellino

      I sure wish I had the luxury of spending my time sitting in a park for three weeks. Unfortunately I need to work every day to provide for my family. These people are costing our city $2M a day in police overtime. Imagine who the city could be helping with that money if they did not have to spend it on babysitting.

  • LeLou

    The Owners of Zuchotti Park have been patient enough, now it’s time for them to reclaim & sanitize the park. How about the whole contingent moves over to City Hall Park? I hear the Man In Charge over there would love to have them as guests! There’s even a fountain they can wash up in.

  • fred

    I wonder if it has dawned on these people that besides taking advantage of a private owner’s generosity to the city to allow public use of the property, they are also denying other citizens their right to use the park for their enjoyment.

    It is starting to seem like we are looking at a bunch of self-centered children who have no clue how to pull themselves up by their own boot straps. Instead, they sit around and protest. Obviously they don’t have jobs so who supports them? Mommy? Daddy? You and I through our tax dollars? How many of these guys are on unemployment? Have they really looked for jobs this week?

    • Kazoo

      Fred you’re right. They talk about “GREED” yet all these “entitlement children” are doing nothing but taking up space and using up city resources.

    • MaxineRocks

      No, they haven’t looked for jobs. One of the protestors interviewed in the Daily News stated he’d actually QUIT his job in California to come here to protest!
      Self-centered childred without a clue is a good description of them.

  • dude

    well lets see how long they stay when winter comes.let them freeze to death,little do they know most there parents pensions go thru wall street

    • THE MAN

      Pensions? Are you serious? Wall St. crooks are the ones who have destroyed pension funds by investing in their ponzi scheme houses of cards in the first place! Think before you open your pie hole, “dude.”

      • The Funny Man

        Calm Little Man, you should simmer down too making such blanket statement. Pension funds are run by individuals and companies. The pensions that get in trouble should take personal (or criminal responsibility) but to blame this “wall street” entity makes no sense. You realized “Wall St” is literally just a street right?

  • dude

    so let there be a cholorea outbreak or ecoli and they can all die.

  • Kazoo

    What a bunch of anti-american losers! Leave the park, take a shower and get a life.

    • Norman

      So you think anti-corporate is anti-American? Protesting is VERY American. If we were in Egypt, or Syria, etc, they would have been hosed and gassed out of the park by now.

      When the Tea Party folks were out protesting did you think that was anti-American? As long as you support the cause it’s just fine to speak up?

      • DavidsonHarley

        They’re Tea Baggers. They were only out protesting because Faux News told them to.

  • Peter

    Protesters believe in sharing. So for the next three week,share the burden of the non-protesters. Move the group to another borough. Put them in Riis Park in Queens,there is plenty of room and an ocean nearby to freshen up.

  • Tom

    The Mayor’s girlfriend is on the board of Brookfield the company that owns the park.

    Expect the protesters to stay longer than you think as forcing them out will shine a negative light on the girlfriend, Diana Taylor. I don’t think the mayor wants to see that happen.


  • Michael H.

    Any protester that deliberately charges the police deserve to be arrested. I fully support to OWS movement but attacking police officers is just plain stupid.

    • Silly Protest - Go HOME

      This protest is full of looneys and people just looking for trouble. They don’t have a cause and I really hope the media stop covering them like they did in the first 3 weeks of being ignored.

      • Michael H.

        Do you have an actual argument against the protests or are you just going for the personal attacks?

        • Sal

          I have an argument, if one of these protesters of Coprorate Greed are using an IPHONE, IPADs, etc, they are nothing more than hypocrites feeding into the system they loathe. One of them said they will not work in a job for $7 an hour? Why, are they looking for a much higher salary from one of these greedy corporations? And why should they make more money, isn’t that what they are complaining about – making too much money?

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