NYC Mayor De Blasio to Install Black Lives Matter Mural in Front of Trump Tower
Mayor makes plans while city is plagued with skyrocketing gun violence
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has revealed plans to install a huge Black Lives Matter mural right in front of the Trump Tower in Manhattan.
The mural will be reportedly painted in yellow block letters along Fifth Avenue between 56th and 57th streets.
De Blasio's plans for the mural comes as the city is plagued with soaring gun violence.
“Obviously he is doing it to antagonize the president,” a source said.
“This is what he is concerned about while the city burns. What an amateur politician.”
The mayor’s office reached out to the Department of Transportation about the mural's 'feasibility,' but it was mentioned that de Blasio wanted it done.
De Blasio's idea comes days after Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser had “Black Lives Matter” painted along a street leading to the White House.
The plans where finalized last week after locations for the other murals were also announced om Juneteenth, according to the source.
The slogan will be stenciled outside Trump Tower sometime before July 4th weekend.
The installation is one of several which are said to be installed across all five boroughs.
The three planed for Manhattan include:
- Along Centre Street in Lower Manhattan
- Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard in Harlem
- In front of the Trump Tower
De Blasio also announced earlier this month that streets in all five boroughs would be renamed in honor of 'Black Lives Matter.'
During a press briefing, the mayor said:
“It’s time to do something officially representing this city to recognize the power of the fundamental idea of Black Lives Matter, the idea that so much of American history has wrongly renounced, but now must be affirmed."
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De Blasio said his plan to “name streets in each borough and to paint the words on the streets of this city in each borough at a crucial location, one of which will be here near City Hall," The New York Post reported.
Shootings in New York City have skyrocketed 358% in the first week since anti-crime units, which are aimed at rooting out illegal guns, were disbanded.
There were 55 shootings in the last week compared to 12 for the same week in 2019, according to data reported by NBC 4.
"New York City shootings over the last seven days skyrocketed by more than 358 percent compared with the same time period in 2019, from just 12 last year to 55 in 2020," according to NYPD data News 4 reported Monday.