Brookfield Properties has just released a statement thanking the mayor and the city agencies that evicted the Occupy Wall Street protestors in the predawn hours this morning. It is not clear what exactly set this off, perhaps it was the injured paramedic the mayor has made reference to, but as he said it today’s press conference, “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.”
The feeling on both sides was that the situation had deteriorated to such a point that action was necessary. “In our view, these risks were unacceptable and it would have been irresponsible to not request that the City take action,” Brookfield said in its statement, which you can read in full below.
Brookfield appreciates the peaceful and professional response of the NYPD, the FDNY, and the Department of Sanitation, and thanks Mayor Bloomberg for his leadership. As had been widely reported, conditions in Zuccotti Park had become dangerous, unhealthy and unsafe. In our view, these risks were unacceptable and it would have been irresponsible to not request that the City take action. Further, we have a legal obligation to the City and to this neighborhood to keep the Park accessible to all who wish to enjoy it, which had become impossible.
As previously stated, Brookfield supports all citizens’ rights of peaceful assembly and freedom of speech.
Brookfield had hoped to reopen the Park this morning after it had been cleaned. The City and Brookfield, however, were notified of a court-ordered injunction regarding the use of the Park. As a matter of public safety, the Park will remain closed pending the resolution of this matter.
Our hope is to reopen the Park as soon as possible for the enjoyment of all members of the community in accord with the rules of the Park.