At least long enough for it to be cleaned.
Last night, Mayor Bloomberg delivered a message to Occupy Wall Street protesters who’ve been camped out at Zuccotti Park the past several weeks: the park needs to be cleaned. And protesters, their signs, sleeping bags, and, presumably, portable libraries need to temporarily vacate the premises while the park’s property owner can go in with a cleaning crew.
And don’t bring your stuff back, either.
Wall Street protesters won’t be allowed to return gear such as sleeping bags to Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan after the privately owned space is closed for cleaning beginning tomorrow, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said. “People will have to remove all their belongings and leave the park,” Kelly said today after a memorial ceremony in Battery Park. “After it’s cleaned, they’ll be able to come back. But they won’t be able to bring back the gear. The sleeping bags, that sort of thing, will not be able to be brought back into the park.”
Tomorrow should prove interesting.