[Ed. – It was ordered cleared by none other than Mayor Bill de Blasio, who said, ‘health and safety issues were growing.’ Who knew he had even that much awareness?]
Several hundred officers moved in around 3:40 a.m., making seven arrests.
Chief Raymond Spinella said one officer had a brick thrown at him, but was not hurt. Otherwise, he said, the operation “went smoothly.”
“The police department has closely monitored the situation at the park since its inception,” he said. “We felt the time had come to end the occupation and allow cleanup crews to begin the process of removing the graffiti.”
CBS2’s political reporter Marcia Kramer asked the mayor what changed Wednesday.
“The gathering there got smaller and smaller, was less and less about protest, and more and more it became an area where homeless folks were gathering,” de Blasio replied.