This is a story about going down the rabbit hole. It's got a Cheshire Cat, a Mad Hatter, a White Rabbit and maybe even a Bandersnatch. It certainly shouldn't have a basis in common sense, responsible government or a rational society.
Tax Dollars Fund School For Squatters
"You got to have your tools...."
"You remove the chains and padlock..."
That sounds an awful lot like breaking and entering. It doesn't matter whether the property is owned by the City of New York, First National Bank, Fannie Mae, or Joe Bagadonutz. If it is locked and chained that means it isn't open to the public.
This scam needs to face legal penalties. And they really don't need any more vacations in Brazil on the tax-payers dime.