Barricades at NYC ex-Occupy camp illegal

By Meghan Barr

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Jan. 9 2012 3:08 p.m. MST

NEW YORK — Civil rights groups say barricades surrounding a New York City park that was a base for the Occupy Wall Street movement against financial inequality violate zoning law by restricting public access.

The New York Civil Liberties Union and the National Lawyers Guild filed a complaint Monday with the city's buildings department.

The complaint says the metal barricades that have surrounded Manhattan's Zuccotti Park since Nov. 15 interfere with the public's use of it. Zuccotti Park is a publicly owned private plaza and is required to be open 24 hours a day, barring a safety issue.

City zoning law states the layout and design of such parks must promote public use and "free and easy pedestrian circulation."

Buildings department spokesman Tony Sclafani says inspectors have determined no violation has occurred at the park.

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