Last night, Mayor Bloomberg finally visited the Occupy Wall Street protest in lower Manhattan yesterday, nearly four weeks after it started on September 17th. But it wasn’t to eat free pizza: He informed protesters that Brookfield Properties, the management company which controls Zuccotti, will be conducting a long-overdue cleaning Friday morning. A cleaning! No big deal, right? Things have supposedly been getting a little ripe down there.
Well, actually this “cleaning” is a de facto eviction, as it will ban any sleeping bags or “gear” from the park. The cleaning begins at 7 a.m. tomorrow. At that time, NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly told the Post.
“People will have to remove all their belongings and leave the park… After it’s cleaned, they’ll be able to come back. But they won’t be able to bring back the gear, the sleeping bags, that sort of thing will not be able to be brought back into the park.”