Here’s what Zuccotti Park looked like around 9:45 this morning.
Police were keeping people out of the park after clearing it of occupiers, despite a temporary restraining order requiring that the park be reopened to protesters.
One police officer told me the park had sustained structural damage, but aside from one missing railing on the park’s eastern steps, I couldn’t see any.
The police action here, as well as the actions breaking up other Occupy encampments, will no doubt keep the spotlight on the use of public spaces for political expression. Last week, PPS’s Fred Kent talked about the issue of privately owned public spaces like Zuccotti Park on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show. You can listen to that discussion here.