From the Village Voice:
[Norm] Siegel saw taking the protest to the Mayor's doorstep as a milestone. As he told the Voice, "Groups have gotten permission to protest on the south side of 79th Street, across the street from the Mayor's house, but never directly in front of it."
The feeling did not last long. Earlier today, mere hours before the group planned to picket the Mayor, an appeals court overturned their right to do so, relegating Siegel and company back to the south side of the street.
"The Mayor uses his home for official business, but he's decided the public sidewalk outside of it is his private property," said Siegel. In his eight years as Mayor, no group has won the right to picket directly in front of Bloomberg's townhouse.
Looking on the bright side, Siegel wryly noted, "we made incremental progress." Instead of being fully confined to the south sidewalk, they moved slightly more north and were "allowed to protest in the gutter."
The protest was a demonstration against Chancellor Joel Klein's and Mayor Bloomberg's proposal to close large public high schools they deem to be failing. They plan to re-open smaller schools in their place. But advocates charge that the answer is not to replace the large schools with privately run charter schools, or with boutique public schools, but to adequately support the troubled schools.