|Subject: Re: [GlobalRevolutionMedia] Fwd: NYC private parks to close from 1am-5am -- shutting down the occupation?|
|From: Christian Smith-Socaris |
|Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2011 00:10:09 -0400|
|CC: beka economopoulos <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Info occupy <email@example.com>|
[at page 25 of attached relevant
Hours of access
#public plazas# shall be accessible to the public at all
except where the City Planning Commission has authorized a night
time closing, pursuant to the provisions of this
all districts, the City Planning Commission may authorize the closing
during certain nighttime hours of an existing or new #publicly
accessible open area#, if the Commission finds that:
(a) such existing #publicly accessible open area# has been open to the public a minimum of one year or there are significant operational or safety issues documented, or for new #public plazas# significant safety issues have been documented and provided as part of the application for authorization of nighttime closing;
(b) such closing is necessary for public safety within the #publicly accessible open area# and maintenance of the public open areas as documented by the applicant;
On 10/20/2011 11:30 PM, beka economopoulos wrote:
FYI, an important one to keep an eye on.
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On Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 11:06 PM, Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Hey folks,Looks like the Manhattan Real Estate Board is going to try to change the rules under which they are required to operate their parks, to allow them to close them completely from 1am-5am. This is presumably Brookfield's new guise for shutting down Zuccotti and throwing out the occupation, and may be a critical fight for everyone to pile onto again.
Everyone seems to be unclear on the exact process, and therefore the pressure points, for changing these rules and how long it would take. Apparently some relevant subcommittee of the Real Estate Board met tonight, but that seems to be only the beginning of the process. WSJ says it probably involves City Council.
Keep in mind that the regulations that private real estate companies have to follow within these parks are trade-offs for being allowed to violate zoning ordinances and build taller buildings. (Today's NYT had a good article giving background on how this "public-private partnership" arose.) I think we should tell the Real Estate Board that if they want to close the parks for 4 hours (1/6th) of the day, in return they have to cut off/give the city back the top 1/6th of the floors on their office buildings...
If anyone has any intel, especially on Brookfield's involvement, I'd love to hear it.
New: http://blog.art21.org/2011/05/19/5-questions-for-contemporary-practice-with-not-an-alternative/Not An Alternative
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