I don’t know how many of you had been to lower Manhattan since the police cleared Zuccotti Park last fall, but it was about as open to the public as a demilitarized zone: barricades covering more than half the area, heavy police presence. It was so inhospitable that entering the park had the vibe of getting your name on an official Enemies of the State list, and apparently if you lingered at all, the police would shoo you away.
But we had thought the city’s efforts to change the rules for a privately owned but nevertheless public park were awfully heavy-handed, since these spaces were quid pro quos for zoning variances and are a long standing feature of New York. And the court agreed.
This video gives a brief update. As of this hour, the police-favoring New York Times has not deigned to report on this development.