9:07 am Oct. 14, 2011
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said this morning that the longer the protest at Zuccotti Park continues, the "worse" it will be for the New York City economy, but that there was a "limit" to what the city could do to remove protesters, since it is a privately owned park.
Bloomberg also said the park's owner, Brookfield Office Properties, "got lots of calls, from many elected officials, threatening them."
The mayor declined to identify the elected officials.
Speaking on WOR710 during his regularly scheduled weekly appearance, Bloomberg said it was around midnight when Brookfield called off the scheduled cleaning and enforcement of new rules that would have prohibited overnight stays.
City Hall announced the cleaning was postponed at 6:19 a.m. this morning, 41 minutes before it was scheduled to begin. By that time, the park was crowded, full of protesters, supporters from organized labor, and journalists looking to see a "showdown" and "face off," as the Daily News and New York Post front pages desribed it.
The mayor repeatedly said the protesters appeared to be peaceful but misguided.
"I don't necessarily agree with their message" or "their target," he said.
Later, he said, "I disagree with a lot of what this protest is about."