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Rights Groups: NY Zuccotti Park Barricades Illegal

Monday, January 09, 2012

Barricades surround a near empty Zuccotti Park. (Caitlyn Kim/WNYC)

Civil rights groups say barricades surrounding New York City's Zuccotti Park violate zoning law by restricting public access.

The New York Civil Liberties Union and the National Lawyers Guild filed a complaint Monday with the buildings department.

The Manhattan park was once a base for the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The complaint says the metal barricades that have surrounded the plaza since Nov. 15. interfere with the public's use of the park. Zuccotti Park is a publicly owned private plaza and is required to be open 24 hours a day, barring a safety issue.

City zoning law states that the layout and design of such plazas must promote public use and "free and easy pedestrian circulation" throughout the space.

Buildings department spokesman Tony Sclafani says inspectors have determined no violation has occurred at the park.

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Comments [2]

Sean Dwyer from Manhattan

Bloomberg's Dept of Buildings skirts the law to rule in favor of wealthy special interests over the public interest. My goodness, that is shocking. (For the irony-impaired, please be advised the I am mocking the plutocratic bias of the Bloomberg administration.)

Jan. 09 2012 08:25 PM
Jen from Manhattan

Liberal lawyers to the rescue, late as usual... Where were they with the papers ready to go before, when it mattered?
Some good people, but this is so typical...

Jan. 09 2012 08:16 PM

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