NYC Property Owners Want All Public Plazas Closed at Night

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Property owners are moving to change an old zoning law that has allowed anti-Wall Street protesters to camp out in Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan around the clock.

A 1960's era zoning rule gave developers zoning concessions in return for building public plazas that would be accessible 24 hours a day. This rule has since changed so that new privately built public spaces may close overnight; however, the plazas built under the earlier rule were not affected and still kept open 24 hours.

Real Estate Board President Steve Spinola said his organization, which represents institutions and people involved in NY real estate, will request a zoning change that will allow those plazas built under the 1961 rule to close at 1 a.m. "I do believe that plazas should have the right to shut down at a certain time because they were not meant for camping out," he said.

But changing the rule retroactively for plazas built under the old rule is expected to be a lengthy legal process.




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Comments [6]


If the developer wants Zuccotti Park back, that's fine; as soon as they give us back the 500,000 extra square feet the people of New York traded for it.

Apr. 05 2012 06:12 PM

How come when corporations don't like a law it it's an "old" law, implying outdated, archaic, anachronistic? Shall we apply the same chronological logic of dismissal to their property rights? Or Santa Clara v Southern Pacific? Sunset that corporate personhood clause?

Apr. 05 2012 11:40 AM

If i'm not mistaken, the major concession was that they were allowed to build higher buildings.
so lets just come in there with a giant chainsaw and lop those top floors off...

Apr. 05 2012 11:19 AM
Karen Brown

Good point. What are their 'certain concessions'? Special tax rates, being able to build there in the first place? Should rescind only if they give restitution of (if not a monetary concession in the first place) a monetary equivalent, in today's money, for whatever concessions they received, or give them up altogether.

Oct. 19 2011 05:50 PM
Mike Caprio from Brooklyn, NY

What's next, curfews and martial law?

Oct. 19 2011 10:56 AM

So, does this mean that the "concessions" made to developers are subject to repeal also? How would that work?
The greedy control freaks just don't get it. The people have had enough.

Oct. 19 2011 04:10 AM

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