Why is Metropolis Corridor Park nonetheless barricaded?
For almost a month this summer time, the 8.8-acre inexperienced area surrounding Metropolis Corridor was residence to the Occupy City Hall protesters as they known as on the mayor and Metropolis Council to defund the NYPD. The cops cleared out the encampment on July 22, and since then, the park — which has a number of grassy lawns, seating areas, and fountains — has been closely barricaded, making it inaccessible to the neighboring lower-Manhattan neighborhood, and residents can’t get a solution as to why.
A bunch of neighbors known as Mates of Metropolis Corridor Park, Tribeca Citizen reports, has been attempting to talk to the Parks Division, the NYPD, and the mayor’s workplace to advocate for the park’s reopening, however to no avail. “We stay locked out of our valuable inexperienced area even because the lockdown relaxes,” Skip Blumberg, the chief of the Mates of Metropolis Corridor Park group, tells Tribeca Citizen.
Within the meantime, the group has been assembly weekly for “weeding periods” to keep up the one piece of the park they’ve entry to: the plant beds on the park’s Brooklyn Bridge entrance.
An NYPD spokesperson instructed Tribeca Citizen that there isn’t any official date to take away the boundaries however that the NYPD is in talks with the mayor’s workplace to proceed to “ease restrictions.”
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