The planned clean up of the park in lower Manhattan where Wall Street protesters have been camping for a month was postponed early Friday.
The owners of the private park, Brookfield Office Properties, had put off the cleaning, according to New York City Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway.
"Late last night, we received notice from the owners of Zuccotti Park, Brookfield Properties, that they are postponing their scheduled cleaning of the park," the deputy mayor said.
The company had called the conditions at the park unsanitary and unsafe, and wanted to bring in crews to power wash the park section by section over 12 hours and then allow the protestors to come back.
Supporters of the "Occupy Wall Street" protesters had started streaming into the park in the morning darkness Friday before the planned cleaning, forming a crowd of several hundred chanting people.
Demonstrators say the move was just a way to evict them from the site. Some planned to resist being forced out.
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A confrontation between the police and protestors had been feared.
"I'll believe it when we're able to stay here," said protester Peter Hogness, 56, a union employee from Brooklyn.
"One thing we have learned from this is that we need to rely on ourselves and not on promises from elected officials," he said.
In a last-ditch effort to stay, some protestors had been sweeping, scrubbing, mopping, and picking up garbage at the park.
Many of the protesters have said the only way they would leave is by force.
Brookfield believes they can work out an arrangement with the protesters that "will ensure the park remains clean, safe, available for public use," the deputy mayor said.