It's difficult to tell how the paper feels about this.
The article begins:
Sometimes crime does pay.
The exclusive two-page spread includes an opinion piece by Henry Stern, the former city parks commissioner who is president of the nonprofit group New York Civic.
[G]ving away buildings in lower Manhattan to people who break into them and declare themselves owners should not be considered the new public policy of the city of New York.
Over the years, squatting, like graffiti, has been romanticized as an expression of popular will and an assault on the establishment. That may be true -- but it is not the best way to allocate scarce housing among a large and deserving population.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Bullet Space is the first of the former LES squats to take over ownership of building from city