From the Daily News:
A 10-foot-tall iron fence encircling the state Supreme Court on Sutphin Blvd. in downtown Jamaica is to be removed, city officials said on Thursday.
Local leaders had called the fence an "eyesore" that stood in the way of making the building's plaza more accessible to the public in a neighborhood in need of more open space.
They had been pushing to have the black, wrought-iron fence removed because they said it sent a message that the predominantly minority community was unsafe. They argued the fence didn't make sense when just next door there's an open plaza filled with benches and trees in front of the Civil Court building.
Following inquiries from the Daily News, city officials said the barrier will be removed.