Painting Of Black Lives Matter Mural Outside Trump Tower Delayed

WCBS 880 Newsroom
July 02, 2020 - 11:45 am

    NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The painting of a Black Lives Matter mural outside Trump Tower is on pause due to what the mayor says are logistical issues. 

    Work on the mural on Fifth Avenue between 56th and 57th streets was expected to get underway Thursday, but is now reportedly being delayed until at least next week.

    "It's going to happen soon," Mayor Bill de blasio said during his daily briefing Thursday. "I think it's going to be a very important moment for people in this city because it is about affirming what Black people have achieved and accomplished and contributed to New York City and America, and that is something we cannot talk enough about, and that is a history that has not been told, and people's value has not been recognized."

    De Blasio said he was "troubled" when President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that the city is "denigrating this luxury Avenue" with what the president called a “symbol of hate.”

    "Black people built Fifth Avenue, built New York City, built America, they gave people the right to have that luxury, a lot of them did not get to participate in it or experience the fruits of their labors," de Blasio said. "This is a small measure to show respect, there's much more that we have to do."

    De Blasio said the mural will send a message that Black lives truly matter.

    In Brooklyn, two streets have already been painted with Black Lives Matter near Borough Hall and in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

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