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Dear Commissioner Kelly:
Brookfield Office Properties
Brookfield Glooal Real Estate
Three World Financial Center
New York, NY 10281-1021
October 11, 2011
As you know, for over three weeks, Zuccotti Park (the "Park") has been used by "Occupy Wall
Street" and other protesters as their home base. The Park is owned by a Brookfield affiliate and was
recently renovated at Brookfield's considerable expense as an amenity for the general public. It is
intended to be a relaxing tree-filled oasis in the midst of the hustle and bustle
Originally posted by Skewed
All I can say is....
Go ahead, keep backing us into a corner.
The request to clean the park is coming from the company that owns it, Brookfield Office Properties, on whose behalf the chief executive wrote a two-page letter to the NYPD asking for help "to clear the Park" and to "assist" on an "ongoing basis" to keep the area safe and clean.
In the Oct. 11 letter to NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, Brookfield's C.E.O., Richard B. Clark, said the four-week old "trespassing of the protesters" has created "a health and public safety issue that must be addressed immediately."
One safety issue, according to Clark, is that if the "underground lighting" has been "cracked, water could infiltrate the electrical system, putting occupants of the Park at risk of an electrical hazard."
Clark also said a woman complained to the company that she had been "verbally abused in front of her 5-year-old child" and "that she had a package stolen from her as she tried to cross the Park."
"In light of this," Clark wrote, "we are again requesting the assistance of the New York City Police Department to help clear the Park so that we can undertake work at the earliest possible time.