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Legal Groups Demand Freedom for Liberty Plaza

The NYCLU, National Lawyer’s Guild, and Center for Constitutional Rights filed a complaint with the New York City Department of Buildings, about the overhanded security measures that have been instituted on Liberty Plaza, a privately owned public space. UPDATE: The barriers have reportedly been removed!

They claim the metal barricades and selectively enforced rules “violate zoning laws, longstanding city policies, and park-owner Brookfield Properties’ legal obligations under a 1968 special zoning permit that established” the location as a “permanently open park,” that must provide access to the public 24 hours a day.

Not surprisingly, a spokesman for the DOB said owners of the space are in full compliance. Should this escalate into a lawsuit, it will be interesting to see if a judge agrees with that assessment.