JPM Chase Claims Chase Plaza is PRIVATE
Except it isn't. Says so in the zoning documents that allowed David Rockefeller to demap streets downtown to build his glass tower, and David said so, waxing poetically citizen-like at the time when he needed to give the Zoning Board political cover to give away public land to a billionaire.
OWS had selected Chase Plaza as its Occupation place. NYPD (Chase's Army) got their first -- the Plaza was fenced off. So OWS went to Liberty Plaza (and the rest, on that, is history). Back to the Chase Plaza -- fencing went up and stayed there, with Chase lying that it was required to keep the public safe during "maintenance." From the get go it was apparent there was no work or maintenance going on. Citizens who went to the Department of Buildings, City Hall, and other places to get the fences taken down met with Kafkaesque stonewalling.
Eventually a lawsuit was filed. JPM Chase -- now the preserve of Slimin' Dimon himself -- just filed papers asserting that Chase Plaza is private and that Chase has no obligation to keep it open to the public. In fact, it affirmatively claims the constitutional right to keep the public *out* of the Plaza. And that it has the absolute right to get NYPD to help it keep the public *out* of the Plaza.
This is quite brazen. To put it politely and mildly. In New York City, the looting by the .01% has become very aggressive under Mayor Bloomberg's 12 year tyranny. This one might as well be a declaration of war on the citizens and taxpayers whose land Chase stole in the first place, with the concession that it would create a public plaza.
The lawsuit and JPM's papers are embedded in the Village Voice article. A decision by the court is expected in the next few weeks.
This is a nasty double-down land grab backed by lies by the .01%.
It will be important to watch the progress of this story. The facts and the law are inarguably all on the plaintiffs' side here.