Brookfield Properties Letter Lit Fuse For Bloomberg To Move Against ‘Occupy Wall Street’

Owners Of Zuccotti Begged City To Act, Providing Mayor With Impetus He Needed

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — After weeks of alternately defending the right to free speech at Zuccotti, Park Mayor Michael Bloomberg finally cracked down.

He ordered police to evict the protesters.

It wasn’t only the noise or the free-spirited topless dancers who performed for swarms of speechless gawkers, or the serious heath concerns — a potential health menace was brewing as protesters starting coming down with something they call “Zuccotti lung.”

Everything was apparently getting on the mayor’s nerves, but the straw the broke the proverbial camel Bloomberg’s back was the letter from Brookfield Properties, the owners of Zuccotti, demanding action.

“The manner is which the park is being used violates the law,” Brookfield told the mayor Monday. “We are therefore requesting that the city and NYPD enforce the law at the park and support Brookfield in its efforts to enforce the rules established for its use.”

“We have been in constant contact with Brookfield and yesterday they requested that the city assist it in enforcing the no sleeping and camping rules in the park, but make no mistake, the final decision to act was mine,” Bloomberg said Tuesday morning.

The mayor was clearly feeling the heat from other cities that took harsh action against their protesters, but it was harder for him because he is a firm believer in the First Amendment. That’s why what he said Tuesday showed his tolerance was at a low point.

“No right is absolute and with every right comes responsibilities. The First Amendment gives every New Yorker the right to speak out, but it does not give anyone the right to sleep in a park or otherwise take it over to the exclusion of others,” Bloomberg said.

It is the hope of the mayor and Brookfield that the park will be open to all, including the protesters, but without their sleeping bags and tents.

“Protesters have had two months to occupy the park with tents and sleeping bags. Now they will have to occupy the space with the power of their arguments,” Bloomberg said.

City Hall sources told Kramer that the mayor also wanted to act before anyone died in the “Occupy Wall Street” encampment, like they have already done in Vancouver, Salt Lake City, Manchester and Oakland.

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  1. Albert Right says:

    They are finally clearing out Zucotti Park. The mayor has declared that its a health hazard. So it looks like it may finally be over. The mayor says they can return eventually but it doesn’t appear too likely as NYPD was used to remove the protesters with the National Guard on standby. So far 217 arrest have been made and several people have been pepper sprayed and hit with an acoustic discomfort device. Maybe the rest of us can finally enjoy the park now.

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  2. Little Folk's says:

    I have to agree with this statement; “Bloomberg is the new face of Adolf and the NYPD the new Gestapo. It is the day of shame for a country that preaches freedom and boasts the Liberty Statue and stands as a symbol of freedom for the entire world

    What a horrible, shameful day in the history of United States of America.”

  3. SokrMom says:

    The letter is just an excuse. While the mayor has been paying lip service to free speech, it is very clear that he opposed OWS from the outset. As a member of the 1%, Bloomberg doesn’t like hearing how far 30 years of right-wing policies favoring the greedy rich have pushed the United States in the direction a society of comprised almost entirely of robber barons and poor families. We all need to step up and speak truth to power. The rich getting richer by leaps and bounds–the wealthy paying lower taxes than the poor–is not the American way.

    1. JimT says:

      It’ about time those losers moved on – should have happened 2 months ago !! What exactly makes them above the law ? It sure as h–l isn’t their IQ…..

    2. Frank says:

      Just because you believe a lie doesn’t make it true. The “poor” pay zero federal tax. zero zero point zero zero. Ask the 53% that actually do pay taxes for the truth.

  4. Tee-Jay says:

    The “Occupiers” should have argued that, prior to Tuesday morning…

    – the City had not enforced any laws in that park, thus granting the protesters FULL EXEMPTION FROM ALL LAWS.

    – Brookfield had not enforced its own rules, thus rendering those rules NULL, VOID, and PERMANENTLY UNENFORCEABLE.

  5. The Realist says:

    THEIR right to speak is not MY obligation to subsidize them.

  6. IT'S ALREADY TOO LATE says:

    IT’S ALREADY TOO LATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. John Dornheim says:

    You do know that his girl friend/beard is on the Board of Directors at Brookfield, don’t you?

  8. Another victim of Wall St Greed says:

    Bloomberg is the new face of Adolf and the NYPD the new Gestapo. It is the day of shame for a country that preaches freedom and boasts the Liberty Statue and stands as a symbol of freedom for the entire world

    What a horrible, shameful day in the history of United States of America.

    1. FRANZ LIEBKIN says:

      HOW DARE YOU COMPARE DOUCEBERG TO A FINE FINE HUMANITARIUN SUCH AS ADOLF AND A GREAT ORG. AS THE GESTAPO…….THATS THE KIND OF LEADERSHIP WE NEED TODAY

  9. barney franks basement says:

    Ok times up for free speech, the perpetrators of the greatest global economic catastrophe have had enough and sent word to their billionaire buddy tool to put an end to all that riff raff down on the street. It’s hard to concentrate with all that noise down there especially when you are process of taking over Europe. .

    1. The Realist says:

      There’s always time for free speech. Time is up on our SUBSIDIZING that speech.

  10. Barbara says:

    Good riddance to bad rubbish

  11. Mayor Koch's Tomb Inc. says:

    What the OWS people should do now all night is pray loud ,see how the dem dere
    fancy neighbors like that. Can U imagine cops busting citizens for praying?
    I am shocked that Bloomy should be concerned about the mafia of building
    owners and developers in this city that are just cut from the same cloth as
    he is. shocked.

  12. Tee-Jay says:

    The “Occupiers” should have argued that…

    – the City has not enforced any laws in that park, thus granting the protesters 100% EXEMPTION FROM ALL LAWS.

    – Brookfield has not enforced its own rules, thus rendering those rules NULL, VOID, and PERMANENTLY UNENFORCEABLE.

  13. Skipper B Of NJ says:

    To all of you people who think the protesters are wrong. You are wrong. this country is becoming a communist country and marshall law will come much sooner then you think and when it does then you can bend over and kiss your ass good bye it will be to late for your protest,so shut up and join the protest to get this country country back. this is America don`t let it fall to big business and politics stand with the protesters before its to late . WAKE UP PEOPLE BEFORE ITS TO LATE.

    1. Michael H. says:

      Martial law. Why do people have such trouble getting that one right?

    2. Frank says:

      pssst – we’re going to take care of this country’s direction on November 6th, 2012

      1. Little Folk's says:

        You and WHAT army?

      2. Amused66 says:

        Oh yes!! It’s time to elect another moron who has absolutely no idea what it’s like to live in the real world. The only thing more laughable than a newly elected official changing our lives, is that there are still working class people believing it. Geez how many times do you have to kick a dog before he finally gets the big picture? I find myself wondering what would be considered too far? It seems as though there are no limits to the unfairness willing accepted by most Americans.

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