Bloomberg Announces Zuccotti Park Cleanup While Meeting Protestors

Demonstrators Say Mayor Pulled A Fast One And Is Trying For A Clear Out

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) Wall Street protestors are being told they will have to pack up and leave — at least temporarily. However, some activists are now accusing Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who personally stopped by Zuccotti Park on Wednesday, of dirty politics.

Greeted by a mix of cheers and jeers, Bloomberg ordered the “Occupy Wall Street” demonstrators to get out of of the plaza long enough for the area to be sanitized on Friday morning by Brookfield Properties.

However, protestors say the cleanup sounds more like a clear out.

After 26 days of food, trash and other debris piling up high for pickup or recycling, Bloomberg’s office said while protesters “have a right continue to protest…the last three weeks have created unsanitary conditions and considerable wear and tear on the park.”

“Like wear and tear on what? On marble and concrete? Like how do we wear and tear that?” asked Will Schneider.

Schneider is not alone in his skepticism of the mayor’s cleanup plan. Other occupants are also none too pleased about the his announcement and told CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis that they were keeping the area clean by themselves.

“We are working 24/7; we do not rest. We encourage cleanliness. We encourage everyone to take care of their belongings and pack it up neatly,” said Lauren DiGoria of Clifton, N.J.

Protesters said the city has been trying to get them to leave for weeks, and with this plan to clean the park in stages on Friday, many say there’s now a clever excuse.

But the owner of the park, Brookfield Office Management, claims the area has not been maintained. It wrote to Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, saying “conditions at the Park have deteriorated to unsanitary and unsafe levels.”

Protesters deny those claims, pointing to their so-called “Red and Black Cross” of first-aid volunteers, a safety measure many say the mayor hasn’t seen.

They argue that since the mayor has not been in the area much, he cannot see how much or how little they actually clean.

The mayor’s office said “protesters will be able to return to the areas that have been cleaned, provided they abide by the rules that Brookfield has established for the park.”

Do you think the cleanup will prompt the end of the Wall Street occupation?  Share your thoughts in the comments section…

  • F Occupy Wall St!

    You can not set foot into this park it isd gross there are matresses, tarps and couches everywhere. not to mention dirty disgusting hippys having sex in their sleeping bags. Get these people out of here i need a place to eat my lunch again!!!

  • Linda

    I am all for protesting. And, I think this protest is exceptionallly important and says quite a bit, But, I think the protestors should clean it up and the city watch them.

    • Michael H.

      The protesters are cleaning up after themselves. There are volunteer cleanup crews that work around the clock.

      • Air freshner anyone

        Not clean enough the smell is putrid.Your just blind because you support it.

        • Michael H.

          Blindness is an affliction of the eyes. You’re implying that my sense of smell is affected. You’re thinking of anosmia, which is an inability to smell. My sense of smell is just fine.

          • F Occupy Wall St!

            clearly its not b/c it smells like s-hit and is a complete eye sore! GTFO and stay out!

  • Bill Culver

    The park is a health and safety violation. Sh!t shuoldnt breathe, talk or eat….and there is living sh!t in that park….power wash that stuff!

    • Att. Hoar

      Hell No We Wont Go!!! Repeat with me Bill…

      • Bill Culver

        You dad-gum hippies and your anti-this and down-with-that, I can’t take it no more!

      • Vik

        Hey Hoar! Hell Yes You Go Home!!!!!!! Hell No We Can’t Stand You!!! Hell Yes You’re All Dirty Pigs Hell No — Go Fornicate In Mommy and Daddy’s Basement. Hell Yes – Your All A Bunch Of Whiny, Lazy A$$ Morons.

  • bullett

    There may be a health and safety issue here, but the news media must step in and inform us if this is the case. If not, then Mayor Mike is acting upon requests of his “rich” Wall Street buddies to remove the protesters any way possible, short of a possible out of control demonstration.

  • freedom of speech

    i walked thru zuccotti park yesterday & i did not smell any offensive odors protruding thru-out the park. but i do smell a( rat )concerning” bloombergs “clean-up plan……….

    • KPMc

      As my mom used to say…

      “Foxes can’t smell their own holes”

      Take a shower, warm water and Ivory soap, then go back down there and take a deep whiff. If you still don’t smell anything it’s time to visit an ENT doctor, your olfactory senses are severely lacking to say nothing for your common sense.

      • Michael H.

        I’m what you’d consider a “white collar” worker. I have to shower and shave daily. I was down in that area on business on Tuesday and stopped off at the park for an hour or so. The park and surrounding areas smelled no worse than your standard NYC funk. I witnessed volunteer cleanup crews with garbage bags collecting refuse.

        • mak

          Are they getting garbage pick up there?

          I’ve got something against rats. Nasty, vile creatures that spread disease … ugh. If I lived/worked in that neighborhood, I would be so afraid that if there was uncollected garbage sitting around that it would attract those rodents.

          • Michael H.

            I don’t know. I would hope that DoS is sending a truck down there regularly to pick up the bags. That would be the city’s fault if they were not, though.

            • mak

              Yes, but it is private property so the city isn’t responsible to collect it. And I’m not sure if they are allowed to go dump their garbage in city garbage cans placed on the blocks.

              • Michael H.

                I did not see a giant mound of trash bags when I was there so one can only assume that somebody is going down there to pick up the collected garbage.

          • harriet

            I was there around 9 last night and yes a DoS truck came by and yes garbage bags from the days sweeping and cleaning by the occupliers where picked up, and yes they helped. And no it doesn’t smell there, the subway stations are much worse. there’s no stanation issue, it’s just a way for the media to distract from the real issues and reasons why people are there.

  • Nancy

    They are costing the people who actually work. Where do you think the money comes for sanitation and police? From a pay check from someone who works. Protest all you want but this is just a bunch of losers who have nothing better to do. Lets face it there are maybe 30 people there that know what they are there for, the rest have no idea.

    • freedom of speech

      or maybe the aka:(losers) has you profile them are acutally helping nyc’s economy by helping keep city workers employed………………..

      • mo

        Maybe that isn’t where NY’ers want their monies spent. How about some city workers in the schools? or taking care of other neighborhoods?

        • freedom of speech

          i walked thru zuccotti park yesterday& i honestly didn’t not smell or see anything offensive there.but when it comes to mayor mikes clean-up plan i do smell a rat!!!!

          • freedom of speech

            oh & by the way my friend,any money spent on freedom of speech is money well spent……………….

      • Vik

        Freedom of Speech – go to the park, go get your stinking, disgusting friends and do us all in NYC a big favor, rich and poor — GET THE “F” OUT OF HERE!!!

  • Nancy

    How about the media look into these morons taking pictures of the police officers and putting them on their Anarchist web site. They put all of their personal info, children’s names, their address. Look into it. They are a bunch of jackasses and have no clear cut agenda, so why are we letting them do this. Ask them to fill out applications for dare I say city jobs. If you want to protest go ahead, but why do they have to do this to the police. Do your job and look into it, and report it.

    • Edward

      Do you mean that they are putting the police officers’ personal info on the web? If you do, that just isn’t right.

    • abi

      it’s a bit transparent to use the “no clear agenda line.” what it says to me is that those critics haven’t taken the time to actually learn what’s going on but would happily be puppets for the institutions that are telling them what to think. i would happily support a healthy critique of activist tactics, but i do believe that that sharing of officer information that you are referring to in regards to one single officer who pepper sprayed protestors rather than the entire police force that has been through there.

  • Rocco Rizzo

    Anyone who believes Bloomberg needs a check up from the neck up. He is being pressured by a few loud mouth anti-American teabaggers who don’t want these people here. When I walk by at least three times a day, I only smell the odor of rotting pork. Probably from all the police there. The same odor surrounds precinct houses, especially the place at One Police Plaza. Want to talk about some place that stinks, that one stinks to high heaven!

  • Andrew

    These Protestors are simply ignorant, angry peple who maybe don’t have jobs, don’t see thier quarterly accounts as big as they thought (join the club), and have a little bit of knowledge which is sometimes very dangerous. The signs I see raised up in marches show a continued sense of entitlement. I am constantly seeing signs in store windows now hiring low level jobs for the holidays. How about you all get off the streets, and investigate these jobs !

    • abi

      sigh – i’m all for critique, but only if you’re actually critiquing the movement as opposed to the rhetoric you’ve been told or have been reading in the mainstream press. i had a lovely conversation down there last week with a teamster who spent 9 months of his life pulling bodies from the world trade center. i don’t think he was at zucotti park looking for a job.

  • Louise

    Sorry, I agree that these people have a right to protest just as much as the next person….but this is squatting and it’s costing this CITY (read every TAX payer regardless of whether they are of the 1 or 99%) and quite frankly, their cluelessness and, at times, mob like actions are not at all endearing.

    • harriet

      gee, how about that rustic 1st Amendment? as in Freedom of Speech, yeah know freedom isn’s free.

  • Rosa Febles

    You called your self a New Yorker!!!! SHAME ON YOU!!!!


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  • mak

    Three thoughts:

    1) If the refuse doesn’t get cleaned up rats may start looking at the area as a great place to catch a meal. That IS a health concern.

    2) If there is an accident there, like the one out in CA, where somebody gets hurt, is the city going to be held liable?

    3) I’m starting to resent that our tax dollars are being used to on these people. Over 700 people got laid off last week in the DOE but here we are spending $ to babysit these protestors..

  • Felicia

    Whoever says that the park doesn’t smell is a liar. I’ve been there and I am a witness to the disgusting smells emanating from there. The place stinks, it smells of urine, dirty bodies, food and human waste. These people urinate and defecate on the premises, at the park, its not easy to find available public bathrooms especially during the day because of the hundreds or more 911 memorial site visitors using them, at Century 21,McDonald’s, Burger King, etc. The place needs to be cleaned out, these idiots need to leave and never come back.

  • Paul

    I ‘SMELL” a rat!!!

    This is a ploy to get the protesters out!!


  • Placida Sancias

    OK I just asked my brother-in-law. He’s a NYC detective. He said word has it that they WILL let the protesters back in the park. They really just want to inspect it and clean it. He said there’s no way in hail Bloomberg would say that and then not allow them to re-enter. The problems he’d be dealing with then would be much worse than just letting them back in.

  • The Baron

    – Nobody had to clean up after people who attended Tea Party rallies. They left the area cleaner than when they came.

    • Placida Sancias

      It just APPEARED to be cleaner. Hatred and ignorance are invisible, yet much more dangerous and unsanitary than common trash.

      • Florian Royack

        your hatred is very visible and I pity you.

        The Tea Party and 912 groups do try and clean up their area when they demonstrate or gather.

        We do not squat in an area and try and disrupt others business.

  • Jeanne

    Yep, lil ferret faced weasel that King Mike is……..I’d put nothing past him!!!!!

  • Meme Meyagi

    what is done about 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa?

    • Ship them off to Mars


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  • Judy GQ

    Bloomberg has finally found the words to sound harmless but no one is fooled. He will make it impossible to return once protesters relinquish the park. Bloomberg has “sanitized” NYC for the benefit of the rich and tourists, so this is no different. Furthermore, the protest is pulling tourists away from “ground zero.” I am only surprised it has taken him so long to do something to interfere with the protesters’ constitutional right to peaceably assemble.
    As I walked by Liberty Park at lunch time today, I saw several protesters sweeping, wetting the ground & scurbbing with brooms and gathering trash from the trash cans & putting the trash bags by the curb for pick up by dept of sanitation. It was a very high pile, so I think sanitation was instructed not to pick up trash so it looks worse.

  • Takb

    I concur.

  • Joseph S Desrosiers

    Trusting a politician these days is like trusting your dog not to poop on a sidewalk ,Why would anyone trust Bloomberg .This mayor happen to be a very wealthy man who do have the middle class people on his mind. he just bought City hall at the expense of the stupid voter who did not know better for themselves. I can only remind these politicians on local and Federal level that no matter what suppression of freedom of speech using the police is not going to work,We have so much on our plate that we are forgetting the most important issues facing our great Country today and it is the terrorist issue,we all must stand together to defeat this garbage that is growing among certain Arab nation notably IRAN the Evil Ayatollah!

  • RM

    I bet it’s because they protested in front of Jamie Dimon and Rupert Murdoch’s buildings – which I think was fair game. It got to be too much for his little buddies in the billionaire’s club and now they’re looking for a way to shut it down.

  • ScorpionAndTheFrog

    Ya, I wouldn’t trust Bloomberg’s word at all. He is after all the man who bought his way into removing term limits, thanks Mrs Quinn we won’t forget that in the next mayoral elections, even thought the “people” voted for term limits twice, so he can get a third term, then after he is in for third term says he will re-instate term limits and makes it like he is a savior of the people. Please…
    He is a Scorpion and can’t change who he is, so watch out he cares little for you!!!

  • PC

    I walked by there last week and the area reeks, can smell it two block before you get there. It’s disgusting.

    • StevenL

      Funny, I’ve been through there twice lately, nothing smelled – plenty of WTC visitors, & tourists and nobody even wrinkled their nose. Either you have a problem or you weren’t there.

  • RM

    I think this is a device to get everyone out of the park and once the people are out they’ll come up with an excuse for not letting them back in. Really, wow much maintenance does concrete and marble require. Don’t let them shut you down!

    • Vik

      RM — go get your lazy, stinking friends out of the park and leave. Nobody wants you and your whiny, disgusting friends around here. And no I’m not one of the 1%. Just the 99% that’s SICK OF ALL YOUR A$$E$. LEAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Michael H.

        You have some serious anger issues that need to be dealt with before you hurt yourself or somebody else.

  • Button Gwinnet

    You’re an idiot.

  • stephanie

    He’s under pressure from the republicans to squash this thing. Obviously! They just showed on the news how clean the park is being kept by the volunteers and protesters so its a big lie meant kick everyone out. Hope it just fires everyone up instead.

    • Dont let the door hit ya

      The place smells cannot even walk by there anymore.Do not know what took so long to clear this park every New Yorker should have access not only these squaters.Protesting is one thing taking advantage of New Yorkers is something else.Go home shower shave and get a good meal come back next week and enjoy your sex drugs and protesting for something that will never change.

      • vincentmerkel

        You are an anti American idiot…go back to germany circa belong there …the only thing that smells is you and I can smell you from here and it smells like anti americanism…oh I am 58 and those protestors have a right to be there …I guess you are upset they are not tbaggers with guns and Racist anti american placards……leave the country ….delouse yourself ……….and shut the hell up righty

        • Jeanne

          Thank you Vincent. I’m just a couple of years behind you guy, but I concur and I’ve got your back!!!
          Hey “Door”, no one is keeping you from the park…..why not try opening your mind a bit and dropping by for a conversation with someone who could possibly teach you something……..
          …..or are you the someone who “will never change”???

      • StevenL

        That’s a lie, ‘Door’. I’ve walked through there twice lately and nothing smells . It’s a lie, and you are being a cheap propagandist. Like Glenn Beck and Rupert Murdoch, you smell.

        • Rosa Febles

          I agree with you 100%

    • Paul

      YES Spephanie….you’re absolutely Right!!


  • Summer Bun

    Bloomberg is a corrupt little weasel and this is a dirty little trick to get “Occupiers” off of the property.. I don’t trust anyone who STEALS public office by blindsiding NY’ers for a third term.

    • out of private park

      Bottom line is it is not city property. The city is not paying for cleanup and the protesters sure as hell won’t.It all falls on the owner of property.

      • Michael H.

        The protesters are cleaning up after themselves and are assisting the DoS when they send a truck down to collect the garbage bags that the volunteer clean up crews have laid out for them.

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