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>
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.
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