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    New York : The golden figure has been one of the attractions of the CPAC in Florida. Photo: Joe Raedle / . The artist Tommy Zegan, who lives in Mexico, is the creator of the golden statue of the former president Donald trump causing a sensation at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Said to Political It took him six months to create the 200-pound figure with the help of three men in his hometown of Rosarito. He made it with fiberglass and painted it in chrome before transporting it to CPAC this weekend in Orlando, Florida, where he intends to sell it for $ 100,000. Zegan acknowledged being a Trump fan, but said he always was. “I wasn’t a big Trump supporter when he ran.”Zegan said. “I mean I voted for him, because I wasn’t going to vote for Hillary (Clinton). So I voted...
    The collaborator of The intermediate wanted to highlight this Tuesday the news of the removal of a statue of Francisco Franco in Melilla, “the last one still standing in Spain and the only one dedicated to a dictator in all of Western Europe”said Dani Mateo. Stressed that “After 43 years sunbathing in the middle of the street, today Franco has left Melilla in style”, while showing the images of the removal of the statue with a crane. Removal of the statue of Franco in Melilla.ATRESMEDIA Mateo commented that the decision to withdraw it was taken “with the support of all the political parties of Melilla except Vox and the PP, which abstained.” The Popular Party deputy explained that “the statue of Franco does not commemorate a dictator but rather the military who came in 1921 to protect the city.” “Surely the assembly of Melilla does like all of us who...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff WILKINSBURG (KDKA) — An updated, brand-new statue of President Abraham Lincoln is now standing in the Wilkinsburg Borough Building. READ MORE: Lawmakers Renew Push For Legislation Allowing College Athletes To Get Paid It was unveiled at a small ceremony on Tuesday morning. (Photo Credit: KDKA Photojournalist Aaron Sledge) The Wilkinsburg Historical Society has spent two years raising the money for the new statue. According to the Trib, the Historical Society’s president started a GoFundMe page in order to fund the operation. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: 2nd Shots Given To All Skilled Nursing Facility Residents, Employees Who Wanted Vaccine Sculptor Susan Wagner created the new bronze statue of Lincoln. The old copper statue of Lincoln was taken down and hauled away Monday to make way for the new one. “Hundreds of people wanted to see Abraham Lincoln standing on that hill again at the intersection. Some...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Someone vandalized a Lunar New Year statue of an ox in San Francisco's Union Square.The colorful statue is now missing one of its horns.RELATED: 'We are not targets': Hundreds rally in SF to condemn violence against Asian-American communitySan Francisco police say they are investigating the vandalism, which happened Sunday night, close to midnight.Tuesday, we asked San Francisco Mayor London Breed about the numerous incidents recently that have targeted the Asian American community. She says it is a much bigger issue than just the attacks."We still have a number of challenges around violence in general and what I don't want this to be is a divisive issue," said Mayor Breed. "The African American community in this city stands in solidarity with our Asian brothers and sisters."RELATED: Surge in racism against Asian Americans spurs calls for changeThe San Francisco Police department is asking for help in tracking down...
    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico city's statue of a Spanish colonialist that was removed following disputes over its representation has been quietly kept at a private home for months. The statue of Don Diego de Vargas was removed from a Santa Fe park in June on the orders of Mayor Alan Webber during tensions over local monuments, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported Monday. Former City Councilor Ron Trujillo said he observed the statue at the residence Thursday after being notified of its whereabouts. He declined to identify the property out of what he described as a desire to protect the home and the statue from vandalism. City spokesman Dave Herndon said the statue has been in the same place since the mayor requested its removal for “safekeeping.” Webber and City Manager Jarel LaPan Hill were initially misinformed about the location, Herndon said in an email. “The...
    It’s hard for me to explain why I like Resetti so much. He’s only ever yelled at me — all furrowed brows and gnashing teeth. And yet, when I heard that the Animal Crossing mole got fired from his job, I was sad. Not Resetti! He’s too important. He did end up being in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but he’s just a voice when players need to be rescued. Resetti is not back in New Horizons, but now players can memorialize him in some way: by adding a statue of him to their yard. OK, so, it’s not even close to Resetti being back. (Where is the shouting?!) But it’s a crumb, and I’ll take it. The Resetti figure is available through Nook Shopping, in the seasonal items menu. It’ll take a day for it to arrive back at your mailbox. (But why wait if you can time travel?) I’ve...
    It used to be impossible to find a New Yorker who’d visited the Statue of Liberty since grade school. But thanks to the pandemic, residents from the Empire State and neighboring Garden State now make up the bulk of traffic to the 305-foot green statue famous for having welcomed boats of immigrants to New York Harbor. “Right now you absolutely notice when someone is speaking another language besides English, whereas before we’d hear every language,” Rafael Abreu, director of sales and marketing for Statue Cruises, which operates the tourist boats, told The Post in an exclusive interview.  New York and New Jersey now account for 55 percent of all visitors to Liberty Island and its neighboring Ellis Island this year — up from 20 percent in years past, Abreu said. International tourists, meanwhile, now account for 4 percent of the traffic, down from 12 percent traditionally. Floridians and...
    It’s the return of the scrotum pole. Just days after a giant penis sculpture vanished from a German mountainside, a similarly phallic structure surfaced at the same site Thursday. The raunchy replacement, located near Kempten, Bavaria, includes a major wood statue of male nether regions propped up with beams, the Associated Press reported. It’s unclear who is responsible for the res-erection, which is even taller than its predecessor. The erectile escapades began several years ago, when a nearly 7-foot-high phallus mysteriously appeared on Gruenten Mountain in southern Germany. That mammoth member was reportedly concocted as a joke gift for a young man whose family didn’t like the present. As a result, they had the 440-pound sculpture hauled up the mountain and abandoned there. Go figure: The dirty doppelgänger quickly became a destination for hikers and was even classified as a “cultural monument” on Google Maps. Unfortunately,...
    More On: penises Men with small penises have this advantage over well-hung guys Mike Tyson reveals what he once did with baby urine Driver whips out handgun when asked about size of his penis Security flaw in male ‘chastity cage’ could keep it from being unlocked It’s the return of the scrotum pole. Just days after a giant penis sculpture vanished from a German mountainside, a similarly phallic structure surfaced at the same site Thursday. The raunchy replacement, located near Kempten, Bavaria, includes a major wood statue of male nether regions propped up with beams, the Associated Press reported. It’s unclear who is responsible for the res-erection, which is even taller than its predecessor. The erectile escapades began several years ago, when a nearly 7-foot-high phallus mysteriously appeared on Gruenten Mountain in southern Germany. That mammoth member was reportedly concocted as a joke gift for a young...
    POPE Francis has compared Trump rallies to Hitler's and praised George Floyd reforms in his new book. In the pope's book, set to be released on December 1, he suppors demands for racial justice in the wake of Floyd's police murder. 1Pope Francis' 150-page book is expected to be released on December 1Credit: Getty Images - Getty He also blasted Covid skeptics and the news media that spread conspiracies. The book was penned during the Vatican’s coronavirus lockdown. Most read in NewsWarningDEATH PROBENine Aussie soldiers kill themselves in three weeks after ‘war crimes’ by SASPARTY'S OVERNY 'sex club' owner faces $15k fine after swingers party broke Covid lockdownDON A ROLLTrump says we will WIN & claims there were more votes than voters in some statesFLEEING HELLEight-year-old escapes as mom murders three siblings then kills herself‘DISREGARD FOR LAW’Synagogue blasted for holding secret maskless wedding for 7,000 GUESTSKNIFE HORRORTwo dead &...
    NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — New Britain’s Common Council has advanced a measure that would remove a statue of explorer Christopher Columbus from a city park. The council heard from residents and others for more than two hours Thursday before voting to refer a resolution for removal of the statue to committee for review. The Administration, Finance and Law Committee will analyze the cost of removing the statue from McCabe Park and where it should be taken, the New Britain Herald reported. Some commenters recommended removing the statue and replacing it with another historical figure, while others suggested keeping the statue in place but adding informational plaques. Council members stressed that removing the statue is not meant to show disrespect for the Italian-American community in the region. “I urge some of the local Italian groups in New Britain to volunteer their space so this statue can, in a dignified way,...
    EAST VILLAGE, Manhattan (WABC) -- A mural honoring late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is almost complete.The massive work of art is painted on the side of a building on East 11th Street and First Avenue in the East Village.The tribute is about 90% done.In addition to the new mural, a bronze statue of Ginsburg has been created and will be unveiled in Brooklyn during Women's History Month in 2021.Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A life in picturesNew York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the decision in September that a statue would be coming for Justice Ginsburg."Recognizing the importance of gender equality and to increase parity in public art, Gillie and Marc created a larger-than-life statue of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with her participation and approval," officials said. "The bronze statue will be unveiled on March 15, 2021, which commemorates Women's History Month and Justice Ginsburg's posthumous 88th birthday."To...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The University of Pennsylvania has just installed new artwork on the campus. Artist Simone Leigh created a 16-foot tall, 5,900-pound bronze statue called “Brick House.” It’s located on Penn’s main entrance to College Green at 34th and Walnut Streets. Penn says the statue has been in the planning stages for over a year. It comes at a time of debate over racial injustice.
    Edel Rodriguez/Der Spiegel German magazine Der Spiegel celebrated 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s projected election victory with a new entry in its decapitated Statue of Liberty cover series. In 2017, following President Donald Trump’s inauguration, Der Spiegel shocked the world with its cover portraying Trump with a bloody knife in one hand and the severed head of the Statue of Liberty in the other. The cover — by visual artist Edel Rodriguez — was captioned, “America First.” On Saturday, after Biden was projected to be the winner of the 2020 presidential election, Der Spiegel revisited its iconic cover with an update from Rodriguez: Biden — on a stall — reattaching the Statue of Liberty’s head to its body. The caption: “Make America great again.” On Feb 4th, 2017, Der SPIEGEL featured a cover depicting Donald Trump beheading Lady Liberty. Today, on Nov 7th, 2020, we reference said cover by updating our current issue...
    FORTY Borat lookalikes in tiny 'Maskini' costumes descended on to Bondi beach to perform yoga stretches in a hilarious stunt for Sacha Baron Cohen's latest film. Australia’s famous beach was transformed into the Glorious Nation of Bondi during the stunt- complete with dozens of men in costume and an enormous statue of Borat. 13The men wore 'maskinis' during the yoga class on Bondi beachCredit: Getty Images - Getty 13The men stretched out for their hilarious yoga sessionCredit: Getty Images - Getty 13They even wore masks to keep the session Covid-19 friendlyCredit: Getty Images - Getty 13 The hilarious yoga class happened during a press call for the Borat Subsequent MoviefilmCredit: Getty Images - Getty 13A statue of Borat was also erected on the beachCredit: Getty Images Stunned beachgoers were ambushed by 40 men dressed with Borat wigs and face masks this morning before they took part in an impromptu maskini yoga...
    Portland protesters have erected a brand new statue after the BLM Nightmare Elk was stolen from downtown Saturday by the right-wing Patriot Prayer group.  The original Thompson Elk statue, stationed downtown at SW Main Street and 3rd Avenue, was removed by city officials after protesters set fire to the base of the structure in July.   In its place, Portland BLM protesters erected the 'Nightmare Elk': a welded, climbable structure they said was a shrine to all black people killed by police in the US.  On Friday, the Nightmare Elk statue vanished, and far-right group Patriot Prayer took credit for the its disappearance a day later on social media.    In the early hours of this morning, a newly finished elk installation made out of wooden palettes was constructed at the same site.  In Downtown Portland in the early hours of this morning, a new elk statue made out of trash...
    Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a statue of Mother Cabrini, the patron saint of immigrants in the Roman Catholic Church, in Manhattan on Monday, numerous sources reported. The event took place on Columbus Day and comes a year after Cuomo announced that the state would commission a statue to the Italian-American nun, who was canonized in 1946 by Pope Pius XII, ABC 7 reported. “This year we unveil a magnificent monument to our Italian-American legacy and that monument will stand for all-time,” Governor Cuomo said before unveiling a statue of Mother Cabrini on Columbus Day in Manhattan’s Battery Park City. https://t.co/TDxrv2VGw7 pic.twitter.com/AYbRPhNXIO — Eyewitness News (@ABC7NY) October 12, 2020 “This year we unveil a magnificent monument to our Italian-American legacy and that monument will stand for all-time,” Cuomo said according to ABC 7. “Mother Cabrini is the personification of the Italian-American legacy,” he said. “She founded 67...
    LOWER MANHATTAN, Manhattan (WABC) -- New York Governor Cuomo Andrew announced he will attend the unveiling of a statue to Mother Cabrini on Columbus Day in New York City.The event will take place in Manhattan's Battery Park City on Columbus Day.The NYPD is guarding the statue of Christopher Columbus in Columbus Circle from any potential vandalism during this year of unrest.With the Columbus Day Parade having to go virtual this year due to the pandemic, the governor says there is a silver lining."This year we unveil a magnificent monument to our Italian-American legacy and that monument will stand for all-time," Cuomo said. "Last Columbus Day if you remember, one year ago, we said that we could work together and create a statue of the Blessed Mother Cabrini. And now in honor of Columbus Day, we will do just that."EMBED More News Videos The event will take place in Manhattan's Battery...
    LOWER MANHATTAN, Manhattan (WABC) -- New York Governor Cuomo Andrew announced Sunday he will be attending the unveiling of a statue to Mother Cabrini Monday in New York City.The event will take place in Manhattan's Battery Park City on Columbus Day.With the Columbus Day Parade not happening this year due to the pandemic, the governor says there is a silver lining."This year we unveil a magnificent monument to our Italian American legacy and that monument will stand for all time," Cuomo said. "Last Columbus Day if you remember, one year ago, we said that we could work together and create a statue of the blessed Mother Cabrini. And now in honor of Columbus Day, we will do just that."Cuomo also showed his appreciation for the Italian-American Roman Catholic nun Mother Cabrini."Mother Cabrini is the personification of the Italian American legacy," he said. "She founded 67 schools, hospitals and orphanages. She...
    BOSTON (AP) — Boston's Christopher Columbus statue that was taken down after its head was knocked off in June won't be returned to its original location in a waterfront park in the city's largely Italian North End neighborhood, the city has announced. The repaired statue will instead be placed at the North End chapter of the Knights of Columbus where it will be publicly displayed, the North End/Waterfront Council and Mayor Marty Walsh announced at a virtual meeting Monday. Meanwhile, the Boston Arts Commission will create a new statue honoring Italian immigrants that will be placed at the spot where the Columbus statue stood. “The new statue will highlight the contributions of the North End Italian immigrant community,” Walsh said. “That was the original intent of the statue when it was put up over 40 years ago.” The white marble Columbus statue that is 6-feet tall and on a 5-foot...
    New York will erect a statue honoring the legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg in her native Brooklyn, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday. “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg selflessly pursued truth and justice in a world of division, giving voice to the voiceless and uplifting those who were pushed aside by forces of hate and indifference,” Cuomo said in a statement. Ginsburg, a highly respected jurist and champion of women's rights, died Friday from complications of pancreatic cancer. She was 87. “As a lawyer, jurist,and professor, she redefined gender equity and civil rights and ensured America lived up to her founding ideals -- she was a monumental figure of equality, and we can all agree that she deserves a monument in her honor," Cuomo said. The governor said he will appoint a commission "in the coming days" to come up with ideas for the design and location of the memorial. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio...
    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be honored with a statue in Brooklyn, her birthplace, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Saturday. He described Ginsburg, who died on Friday at the age of 87, as "a monumental figure of equality."  "Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg selflessly pursued truth and justice in a world of division, giving voice to the voiceless and uplifting those who were pushed aside by forces of hate and indifference," Cuomo said in a statement. "As a lawyer, jurist, and professor, she redefined gender equity and civil rights and ensured America lived up to her founding ideals. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox "We can all agree that she deserves a monument in her honor," he said.  Ginsburg, who was the longest serving woman on the U.S. Supreme Court, grew up in Brooklyn in the 1930s and 40s. She left the city to attend Cornell University...
    (CNN)New York will honor the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a statue in Brooklyn, her birthplace, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday afternoon.Ginsburg, the second woman to serve on the US Supreme Court, died Friday at 87."Her legacy will live on in the progress she created for our society, and this statue will serve as a physical reminder of her many contributions to the America we know today and as an inspiration for those who will continue to build on her immense body of work for generations to come," Cuomo said in a press statement.The governor will appoint a commission to select an artist and oversee the choosing of a location.
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that the state will erect a statue in the Brooklyn borough of New York City to honor the life of late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Cuomo announced the memorial on Saturday and said that the statue “will serve as a physical reminder of Justice Ginsburg's monumental contributions to the America we know today and as an inspiration for all.” A commission will be appointed to provide recommendations about the exact location, design, and installation of the monument to the governor. Cuomo’s office said in a news release that the commission will reach out to the art community and art organizations as part of the process. “While the family of New York mourns Justice Ginsburg’s death, we remember proudly that she started her incredible journey right here in Brooklyn,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Her legacy will live on...
    New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoNew York City bus driver knocked out by passenger he told to wear a mask 44 percent of high earners have considered leaving New York City: poll Media's anti-Trump coronavirus spin has real consequences MORE (D) on Saturday announced that the state would erect a statue of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election Planned Parenthood: 'The fate of our rights' depends on Ginsburg replacement Progressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy MORE in her birthplace of Brooklyn to “honor the life and legacy.” Ginsberg died Friday of pancreatic cancer at the age of 87. “This statue will serve as a physical reminder of Justice Ginsburg's monumental contributions to the America we know today and as an inspiration for all,” Cuomo said in a tweet...
    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks at an annual Women's History Month reception hosted by Pelosi in the U.S. capitol building Allison Shelley/Getty Images) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday the state will honor "the life and legacy of" late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a statue in her native Brooklyn.  Ginsburg died Friday at age 87 due to complications with metastatic pancreatic cancer. Before serving 27 years on the nation's highest court, Ginsburg was born in 1933 as Joan Ruth Bader in the Brooklyn's Flatbush neighborhood. "This statue will serve as a physical reminder of Justice Ginsburg's monumental contributions to the America we know today and as an inspiration for all," Cuomo wrote in a tweet on Saturday.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. New York state will honor "the life and legacy of" late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a...
    New York police are searching for a man who was caught on video destroying a statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe outside a Catholic Church in Brooklyn, numerous sources reported. Surveillance video captured a man in a hat climbing a fence outside Shrine Church of Our Lady of Solace, and then grabbing the statue of the Virgin Mary, knocking it over and hurling it onto the sidewalk, according to CBS2. A was man caught on camera vandalizing a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe outside a church in Brooklyn, NY. In El Paso, a suspect is in custody for the destruction of a statue of Jesus at a cathedral. @matthadro @cnalive looks at these attacks on churches: https://t.co/tTA4CRDCl0 pic.twitter.com/LnExvP1uAM — EWTN News Nightly (@EWTNNewsNightly) September 18, 2020 The Virgin of Guadalupe, one of the most iconic images of the Virgin Mary, is an important part of Mexican-American identity. The...
    A 'HIDEOUS' new Melania Trump statue has been compared to the infamous botched art restoration dubbed the 'Monkey Christ.' The new sculpture, erected close to her hometown of Sevnica in Slovenia, shows no obvious relation to Melania Trump's features. 5A bronze replica depicting US First Lady Melania Trump, made by US artist Brad DowneyCredit: AFP - Getty 5The sculpture is said to resemble the botched (right) 'Monkey Christ'Credit: AP:Associated Press The bronze monument of the First Lady is a replica of a wooden effigy that was burnt down by vandals on July 4. Slovenian Police said in a statement that it was considering the vandalism as "damage to property which is a criminal offense." Artist Ales 'Maxi' Zupevc created the original wooden sculpture, supposedly showing Melania wearing the iconic blue dress she wore at Donald Trump's 2017 presidential inauguration. The latest sculpture, however, was made by US artist Brad Downey...
    A new bronze statue to first lady Melania Trump has been unveiled near her hometown in Slovenia to replace a wooden one that was torched by arsonists on July Fourth, according to a report. The new statue features a plaque dedicating it to “the eternal memory of a monument to Melania which stood at this location,” the BBC reported. The first lady was born in Novo Mesto in 1970 but grew up in the town of Sevnica, when Slovenia was part of the Communist nation of Yugoslavia. Brad Downey, a Berlin-based American artist, commissioned the original statue, which was carved out of a tree trunk by local chainsaw artisan Ales Zupevc, according to the BBC. It depicted Melania in a blue coat like the one she wore to her husband’s inauguration, but bore only a loose resemblance to her, prompting some to describe it as a “disgrace” and a “Smurfette.”...
    Slovenian artist Ales “Maxi” Zupevc posed for pictures next to a new bronze statue depicting Melania Trump after his original wooden version was burned. Created by U.S. artist Brad Downey, the statue was unveiled Tuesday in a field near the first lady‘s hometown in Sevnica. (RELATED: Melania Stuns In Pale-Pink Dress At Reception During UN General Assembly [PHOTOS]) (Photo by JURE MAKOVEC/AFP via Getty Images) It is a replica of the original wooden statue carved with a chainsaw initially created by Zupevc last July. The piece was painted to depict the blue wraparound coat FLOTUS wore to President Donald Trump’s inauguration in 2017. (RELATED: Ivanka Turns Heads In Yellow And Black Floral Dress During Munich Trip) In one photo, a plate at the base of the statue has a description on it that reads, “This statue is dedicated to the eternal memory of a monument to Melania which stood in...
    A New York doctor is facing petit larceny charges for allegedly stealing a statue of Christopher Columbus from an elderly man in the name of social justice. Sean Morrison, 58, was seen on closed-circuit TV in late June walking through the lobby of his apartment complex and taking the statue before walking out of the building with it, according to an opinion piece in the New York Post. Later, Morrison would claim he took the statue because of George Floyd's death in May. “While not an excuse, I had had a particularly difficult day as we watched 10 patients die of COVID that afternoon on our palliative care unit and in the setting of George Floyd’s murder my emotions overcame my logical thought,” Morrison later said in an apology letter. Morrison had attempted to take the statue the night before, according to the New York Post,...
    A "living statue" in Manhattan depicts President Trump plowing over graves of fallen soldiers and coronavirus victims with a golf cart. The Trump Statue Initiative, whose statue designs are created by director Bryan Buckley, used actors painted in gold to portray the president riding a golden golf cart pushed by Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham. A cameraman from the outlet is seen filming the three driving over the graves. The group said the statues are a "way for artists to share their point of view on our 45th President’s most notoriously self-serving, narcissistic, and racist moments." VIDEO: ???????? A 'living statue' depicting US President Donald Trump driving a golf cart over coronavirus and military-themed tombstones while being followed by Fox News anchors is unveiled in Battery Park in New York pic.twitter.com/CLJAgXhrCr— AFP news agency (@AFP) September 9, 2020 The statue followed two reports focusing...
    The tiny house on Governors Island faces lower Manhattan. Frank Olito/ Insider You might think the best views of New York City are from the top of the Empire State Building or the Brooklyn Bridge. But this summer, I stayed a night in a tiny house on Governors Island in New York City, and the views of the city were the best I've ever seen. During the day, the back deck of my tiny house gave me views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.  At night, I witnessed one of the best sunsets and then woke up to the Freedom Tower peeking through the window. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The New York skyline is one of the most recognizable sights in the world, but this summer I discovered the best place to view it: a secluded tiny house on an island in New York...
    Entertainment : According to the artist, the statue not only represents three people, but also wants to tell a story, as it tries to do with all its pieces. « These three women were very important to the relevance, rights and citizenship that we as women now enjoy, » she declared. “We are here to advance history and not a pandemic can stop us. We all seek a complete and fair historical record that reflects and respects all contributions from women (…) And we are not going to stop until we achieve it, ”said the president of the Monumental Women’s Board of Directors, Pam Elam. YOU CAN SEE England, the first country to have a ‘Pride Train’ and only with LGTBI workers Specifically, of the 23 statues that are spread over the 340 hectares of the iconic New York natural space, only three statues...
    (CNN)While President Donald Trump has only occasionally worn a face mask in public, his Madame Tussauds wax figure will now greet guests at the entrance of the museum's New York location wearing one. As the museum gears to reopen on Friday after closing in spring amid the coronavirus pandemic, management wanted the figure positioned perfectly at the door to remind guests of the city's mask mandate. "At over 6 feet, the President is quite the imposing figure, thus we felt he was the perfect figure to remind our guests to take those selfies safely masked," Matthew Clarkson, a spokesperson for Madame Tussauds, told CNN.The Trump statue, according to Clarkson, is made of fiberglass and weighs approximately 240 pounds. Its hair is sourced from a yak -- the only statue in the museum that can boast that feature.Trump and the rest of the figures will be available for viewing, Wednesdays through...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Central Park unveiled a statue of women’s rights pioneers Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Sojourner Truth on Wednesday morning, roughly a week after the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment which gave white women in the United States the right to vote.  The amendment was fully certified by Congress on Aug. 26 and prohibited state from denying citizens the right to vote based on sex. But in 1920, Native American, Asian and Black women were not citizens meaning the right did not apply to them.  The park has 23 statues honoring male historical figures and has a handful of statues depicting fictional women, including Alice in Wonderland, Mother Goose and Juliet from Romeo and Juliet making it’s newest statue the first monument depicting real women in...
    The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office charged a 56-year-old New Brighton man Thursday in connection with the toppling of the Christopher Columbus statue at the State Capitol during protests following the death of George Floyd. Michael Anthony Forcia, 56, is being charged with one count of felony criminal damage to property. The statute was taken down on June 10. According to a statement from the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, “it was clear from the information in the more than 13,000-page investigative file that Mr. Forcia was the primary organizer, leader, and executor of the incident.” It is possible others may be charged, according to Ramsey County authorities. Related Articles Prosecutors want joint trial for ex-Minneapolis officers in George Floyd’s death Prosecutors reject ‘rookie’ argument by ex-cop in George Floyd death Twins re-thinking their branding? Is it time for a Minnie or Paul of color? ...
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A judge dismissed a legal challenge Monday that had been blocking Virginia officials from removing a towering statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the state’s capital city, but he immediately imposed another injunction against dismantling the figure. The new 90-day injunction bars Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration from “removing, altering, or dismantling, in any way” the larger-than-life statue of Lee on a prominent Richmond avenue while claims in a lawsuit filed by local property owners are litigated. Now covered in graffiti, the Lee monument has become a focal point and gathering spot amid Richmond’s sustained anti-racist protests since the police custody death in Minnesota of a Black man, George Floyd. Northam announced plans in June to remove the statue, citing the pain felt around the nation by Floyd’s killing. Floyd’s death sparked a renewed wave of Confederate monument removals across the U.S., just like a...
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A judge dismissed a legal challenge Monday preventing Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration from removing an enormous statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, but immediately imposed another injunction in a different lawsuit. The new 90-day injunction bars the state from “removing, altering, or dismantling, in any way” the larger-than-life statue or its massive pedestal while the claims in a lawsuit filed by a group of Richmond property owners are litigated. Richmond Circuit Court Judge W. Reilly Marchant wrote that “the public interest does weigh in favor” of a temporary injunction. Separately, Marchant dismissed entirely as not “legally viable” the claims filed by a descendant of signatories to an 1890 deed that transferred the statue to the state, and he dissolved an existing injunction in that case. Plaintiff William C. Gregory, the great-grandson of land donors, had argued the state agreed to “faithfully guard” and “affectionately...
    By SARAH RANKIN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A judge on Monday dissolved one injunction preventing Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration from removing an enormous statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond but immediately instituted a new one in a different lawsuit. The new 90-day injunction issued by Richmond Circuit Court Judge W. Reilly Marchant bars the statue's removal while the claims in a lawsuit filed by a group of Richmond property owners are litigated. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has filed a motion to dismiss the property owners' case, which has not yet been acted on by the judge, according to Herring's spokeswoman. Marchant on Monday also dismissed a lawsuit filed by a descendant of signatories to an 1890 deed that transferred the statue to the state, and he dissolved the injunction associated with that case. Plaintiff William C. Gregory had argued the state agreed to...
    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The owner of a 20-foot-tall, 110-ton limestone statue succeeded in a slow process last week of moving the sculpture across a street in Iowa City. The giant statue, called “Man on a Bench,” had gazed out over a nature preserve in the northeast corner of Iowa City for five years. But the Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that after its sculptor and the property owner, Doug Paul, completed a land swap with the education organization ACT, the statue had to be moved across a street. “It was not made to be moved,” Paul said. However, over several days last week, stonemason JB Barnhouse oversaw the move with the help of crane and excavation companies. They detached a 11 blocks of carved Indiana limestone that had been held together by stainless steel pins and by Friday managed to haul the statue to its new home, one block...
    Summer, 1942. A group of Mexican youths gather for a birthday party at a popular swimming hole known as Sleepy Lagoon, named for a tune by big band trumpeter Harry James. Sleepy Lagoon, on the eastern banks of the Los Angeles River, is not a lagoon, but a quarry pit popular with Mexican kids in a time of segregation when the city’s public pools are generally off-limits to Mexicans, Blacks and Asians. The party gets rolling. Another group crashes the scene. A fight breaks out. The next day, a young man turns up dead. And a night that started quite innocently launches a police crackdown on an epic scale. Hundreds of young Mexicans are rounded up and arrested. Zoot suits are treated as a presumed marker of guilt. Twenty-two people, most of them minors, are charged, then tried en masse with limited access to lawyers or even...
    Purple lightning has been captured striking an area directly behind the Statue of Liberty as New York City was hit by a dramatic thunderstorm. The intense lightning rod was filmed from a dock on Ellis Island after the storm rolled over the city on Wednesday afternoon. In the 21-second clip, which was posted to Twitter, the lightning blasted down behind the Statue of Liberty and lit up the surrounding city.  The National Weather Service issued a severe weather threat between 5pm and 9pm last night.  The intense lightning rod was filmed from a dock on Ellis Island after the storm rolled over the city on Wednesday afternoon Meteorologists warned there could be weak tornadoes and flooding in the city. The heavy rain eventually stopped just after 10pm.  Two people were struck by lightning in South Ozone Park, Queens, according to CBS. They are in hospital but their conditions...
    REPUBLICANS have introduced legislation to protect monuments and statues, after dozens were toppled and vandalized. House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif, on Thursday rolled out the “Protect America’s Statues Act of 2020" bill, Fox News reported. 5 A statue of Christopher Columbus that was removed from Wooster Square Park in New Haven, ConnecticutCredit: AP:Associated Press 5 A monument to Sophie B. Wright vandalized in New OrleansCredit: AP:Associated Press The bill, also signed by Reps. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Sam Graves, R-Mo, punishes localities who do not protect historic monuments and statues by blocking them from receiving public grants. “Public monuments are indispensable because they tell the American story," McCarthy said in a statement. "It is wrong to erase our history. We should be learning from it.” He added: “My legislation has real consequences for states and cities: no order, no funding. It is time to respect our laws, protect our...
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy will introduce new legislation Thursday to protect the statutes of historic figures across the U.S. as monuments across the country have been destroyed by rioters or removed by local governments, the Daily Caller has learned. McCarthy’s bill is titled the “Protect America’s Statues Act of 2020.” The legislation would prevent state or local entities that do not protect monuments established under the Veterans’ Memorial Preservation and Recognition Act of 2003 or enact policies that undermine the Anti-Riot Act from receiving federal historic preservation and transit capital investment grants. The Veterans’ Memorial Preservation and Recognition Act prohibits the destruction of any “structure, plaque, statue, or other monument…commemorating the service of any person or persons in the armed forces of the United States.” “Public monuments are indispensable because they tell the American story. It is wrong to erase our history. We should be learning from it. Instead, leftwing...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Liberty and Ellis Islands plan to partially reopen pending New York City's move into Phase Four of the state's reopening process, according to the National Park Service.The move is set to begin Monday, July, 20.Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, the NPS said it is using a phased approach to partially reopen the park while continuing to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic."The health and safety of our visitors and employees are our highest priority," said John Piltzecker, Superintendent, Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island. "We are pleased to begin welcoming back visitors and we want to share important information about how the visitor experience will be different so that we provide the safest and most enjoyable experience for visitors to the islands."Park officials say the operational approach is centered...
    The University of Mississippi has removed a controversial Confederate statue from its grounds, but has drawn fresh criticism for plans to 'create a shrine' to it in its new home in a nearby cemetery. The marble statue of a saluting Confederate soldier was taken down from its place at the heart of the Oxford campus Tuesday, over a year since students and staff voted to remove it.  It marks the latest in a string of racist and Confederate symbols being taken down from public places, as calls mount for an end to systemic racism across America in the wake of the 'murder' of George Floyd. Last month, Mississippi lawmakers made history when they finally bowed to public pressure and voted to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag. But the university's mark of progress has been mired in controversy as relocation plans suggest a shrine consisting of a...
    By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico prosecutors on Monday amended a complaint against a man who opened fire after a fight broke out as protesters tried to tear down a statue of a Spanish conquistador, charging him with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after one protester was shot and injured. Bernalillo County District Attorney Raul Torrez said he added the charge because he believed Steven Ray Baca had repeatedly provoked protesters before the shooting. Torrez cited video and witness statements collected as part of an investigation into the June 15 confrontation. “Any individual who would otherwise be able to claim self-defense cannot claim self-defense if he or she initiates a violent confrontation," Torrez said. “It's our belief Mr. Baca was the first aggressor in this context and the individual that he shot was acting in response to his violent provocation.” Torrez acknowledged that...
    Two statues of historical figures in New Orleans were toppled from their bases late Thursday or early Friday, and a third was vandalized with spray paint in the same time period, police revealed on Friday. As The New Orleans Times Picayune reported, the bust of Confederate Col. Charles Didier Dreux was discovered on Friday morning, having been knocked down from the pedestal that had previously held it. Dreux was the first Confederate field officer killed in the Civil War; the statue honoring him has been damaged multiple times in its history, including at one point having its nose chiseled off. Across town, a statue of philanthropist John McDonogh was also found knocked off of its pedestal. According to ABC News, McDonogh built up a fortune as a merchant and plantation owner and at one point owned 200 slaves. After his death, he bequeathed most of his money to building schools...
    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A statue of Christopher Columbus that has stood for more than 60 years in a park in New Jersey’s capital city is coming down. Crews in Trenton started dismantling the statue Wednesday, a day after city Mayor Reed Gusciora announced the decision. He said it was made after city officials received “lots of input” from residents and community groups. Gusciora said the statue —which had recently been vandalized — will be placed in storage “to find a more fitting home.” He also said the park in the city’s Chambersburg neighborhood where the statue stood will be renamed eventually, but a timeline for that has not been determined. (Credit: CBS3) Christopher Columbus has become a controversial figure because although he opened the way for European exploration and colonization of the Americas, there is evidence he enslaved and killed Native Americans. Trenton becomes the latest major city in...
    By Andrew Hay TAOS, N.M. (Reuters) - Some Hispanics and Native Americans in a New Mexico valley want to reinstate the statue of a Spanish colonial ruler that officials removed in June as anti-racism protests swept the nation. Rio Arriba County authorities carried off the Juan de Oñate sculpture on June 15, fearing its destruction, as Native American activist group Red Nation planned a protest. It came down the same day a protester 60 miles (97 km) southwest in Albuquerque was shot by a man protecting another Oñate sculpture. The death of unarmed black man George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis in May sparked widespread racial justice protests. Demonstrators across the country have defaced or toppled dozens of statues of European colonizers, Confederate generals and figures who subjugated native peoples. The Oñate statue was unveiled in 1994 in Alcalde, around 30 miles (48 kms) north of Santa Fe. Red...
    A Florida county’s commissioners voted in favor Tuesday of protesting a decision made by a state committee last year for it to become the new home of a Confederate general statue that currently is on display in Washington, D.C. The 9-foot-tall bronze monument honoring Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith, who was born in Florida and became the last surviving full general of either army during the Civil War, is standing today at the National Statuary Hall. Yet now, with the Smith statue to be replaced there by Florida African-American educator and civil rights leader Mary McCleod Bethune, officials in Lake County – by a 4-1 vote – are asking Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to select a different county to claim the Confederate monument, according to Reuters. The statue of Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith in Washington, D.C. (Architect of the Capitol) WHAT HAPPENS TO CONFEDERATE STATUES AFTER THEY’RE REMOVED?  “This decision will bring our community together,” Leslie Campione, the commission’s chair, told Reuters following the vote. “This is the right decision.” Campione...
              ROCHESTER, New York (AP) — Police in Rochester were trying to determine Monday who ripped a statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass from its base on the anniversary of one of his most famous speeches, delivered in the upstate New York city in 1852. The statue of Douglass was taken on Sunday from Maplewood Park, a site along the Underground Railroad where Douglass and Harriet Tubman helped shuttle slaves to freedom. The statue was found at the brink of the Genesee River gorge about 50 feet from its pedestal, police said. There was damage to the base and a finger. As President Donald Trump and others pointed at possible culprits, Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary cautioned that investigators still don’t why the “disheartening” act of vandalism occurred. “Right now, for me to guess would be pure speculation,” Singletary told reporters at a news conference....
    CLICK HERE if you’re having trouble viewing media on a mobile device. U.S. adds 4.8 million jobs as unemployment falls to 11.1% The country has now recovered approximately one-third of the 22 million jobs lost amid the recession brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Associated Press reported. June marked the second straight month of improvement. Kansas, Texas join states mandating face mask usage as COVID-19 spreads Governors in both states made the requirement effective July 3, before for the holiday weekend, according to USA Today. But as mask requirements take effect in response to case counts rising in at least 40 states, the Justice Department also issued warnings about fraudulent mask exemption cards authorized and distributed by the imaginary “Freedom to Breathe Agency.” “These cards do not carry the force of law. The ‘Freedom to Breathe Agency,’ or ‘FTBA,’ is not a government agency,” said U.S. Attorney Matthew G.T....
    Rochester, N.Y. — A statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass was ripped from its base in Rochester on the anniversary of one of his most famous speeches, delivered in the city in 1852. Police said the statue was taken on Sunday from Maplewood Park, a site along the Underground Railroad where Douglass and Harriet Tubman helped shuttle slaves to freedom. No arrests have been made. In a Monday morning tweet, President Trump blamed "anarchists" for the incident. The statue was found at the brink of the Genesee River gorge about 50 feet from its pedestal, police said. There was damage to the base and a finger. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox In Rochester on July 5, 1852, Douglass gave the speech "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July," in which he called the celebration of liberty a sham in a nation that enslaves and oppresses...
    This photo provided by WROC-TV shows the remnants of a Frederick Douglass statue ripped from its base at a park in Rochester, New York, on July 5, 2020. Ben Densieski/WROC-TV via AP Police in Rochester, New York, found a statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass removed from its base in Maplewood Park on Sunday. The statue had been disposed of by a nearby river gorge, and police are investigating the incident.  Douglass gave his famed "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" speech in Rochester, New York, on July 5, 1852. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass was found torn from its base and disposed of 50 feet away in Rochester, New York, on Sunday. The statue was vandalized on the anniversary weekend of Douglass' famed July 4 speech, which he delivered in the city 168 years ago. Police found...
    A statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass was ripped from its base in Rochester, N.Y., on the anniversary of one of his most famous speeches, which he delivered in that city in 1852. The statue of Douglass was dismantled and taken on Sunday from Maplewood Park, a site along the Underground Railroad where Douglass and Harriet Tubman helped shuttle slaves to freedom. The statue was found at the brink of the Genesee River gorge about 50 feet (15 meters) from its pedestal, police said. CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS WAS 'CONTROVERSIAL,' BUT HE 'CHANGED THE COURSE OF HISTORY,' HISTORIAN SAYS In a statement provided to the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, police said the statue, after it was removed, "had been placed over the fence to the gorge and was leaning against the fence." The statue was abandoned an estimated 50 feet away from where it had stood, according to the report. There was damage to the base and a...
    A statue of abolitionist, Frederick Douglass, was vandalized in Rochester, New York on Sunday. The statue was taken down from Maplewood Park, a site along the Underground Railroad where Douglass and Harriet Tubman helped shuttle slaves to freedom. A statue of Frederick Douglass was ripped from its base in Rochester, New York, on the anniversary of his famous speech “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July." The statue was found in a gorge about 50 feet away, with damage to the base and a finger. https://t.co/sxX8795Unz — The Associated Press (@AP) July 6, 2020 Sunday was the anniversary of Douglass’ his famous speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July.” Douglass delivered the speech in Rochester. The statue was found near the edge of the Genesee River Gorge, about 50 feet from its pedestal, police told Rochester First. There was damage to the base and a...
    A statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass in Rochester, New York was torn down by protesters and suffered such significant damage that it will have to be replaced, The Democrat & Chronicle reported. This is at least the second incident in a matter of days in which a statue that in no way honors racism has been vandalized. At some point over the Independence Day weekend, one or more vandals toppled the statue from its base and then moved it about 50 feet to a nearby gorge. There, according to police, it was left leaning against the side of the fence. So damaged was the statue that it cannot be repaired, and it will likely have to be replaced. As of this writing, police have no suspects, although the newspaper reports that the scuttlebutt on social media seems to suggest that many people around Rochester seem to believe there is a...
    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass was ripped from its base in Rochester on the anniversary of one of his most famous speeches, delivered in that city in 1852. Police said the statue of Douglass was taken on Sunday from Maplewood Park, a site along the Underground Railroad where Douglass and Harriet Tubman helped shuttle slaves to freedom. The statue was found at the brink of the Genesee River gorge about 50 feet (15 meters) from its pedestal, police said. There was damage to the base and a finger. In Rochester on July 5, 1852, Douglass gave the speech “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July,” in which he called the celebration of liberty a sham in a nation that enslaves and oppresses its Black citizens. Related Articles Seattle protester who was struck by a car has died Baltimore protesters...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Historical statues were found vandalized over the weekend in both Connecticut and New York.In Waterbury, Connecticut, a statue of the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus was discovered beheaded.Many blame Columbus for the genocide and exploitation of Native Americans.The mayor of Waterbury said he's committed to addressing inequities caused by systemic racism, but he called the vandalism unacceptable.Meanwhile, a statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass was ripped from its base in Rochester, New York on the anniversary of one of his most famous speeches, delivered in that city in 1852.Police said the statue of Douglass was taken on Sunday from Maplewood Park, a site along the Underground Railroad where Douglass and Harriet Tubman helped shuttle slaves to freedom.The statue was found at the brink of the Genesee River gorge about 50 feet (15 meters) from its pedestal, police said. There was damage to the base and a finger.In Rochester...
    A statue of Frederick Douglass was ripped from its pedestal in upstate New York on Sunday, a day marking 168 years since the American abolitionist gave one of his most seminal speeches condemning slavery. Rochester police said that the statue was taken from its base in Maplewood Park and carried about 50 feet to a site near the Genesee River gorge, according to The Associated Press. The base, lower part and a finger on the statue's left hand were reportedly damaged.  Carvin Eison, a leader of a project that brought a Douglas statue to the park in Rochester, told the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle that another statue would have to take its place because the damage was too significant to repair.  A Frederick Douglas statue in Maplewood Park was removed from its base overnight. pic.twitter.com/J43hqxuHTT— Atyia Collins (@Atyia_Collins) July 5, 2020"It's particularly painful that it happened at this time," Eison told the newspaper. "It's...
    A statue depicting abolitionist Frederick Douglass in Rochester, New York, was damaged after it was removed from its base. The statue in Maplewood Park was toppled from its base over the weekend and left near the Genesee River gorge. It was found around 50 feet from its pedestal and "had been placed over the fence to the gorge and was leaning against the fence." Both the base and lower part of the statue were damaged as well as a finger on its left hand. According to police, there was no sign of graffiti on the statue, which is now getting repaired, or in the park. A Frederick Douglas statue in Maplewood Park was removed from its base overnight. pic.twitter.com/J43hqxuHTT— Atyia Collins (@Atyia_Collins) July 5, 2020 The base of a Frederick Douglass statue torn down overnight here in Maplewood Park. Bits of the statue scattered around the area. @News_8 pic.twitter.com/L6qgV7bVH2—...
    Frank Sinatra’s elder daughter says that the late singer ‘loathed’ Donald Trump even as the president declared that he wanted to honor Ol’ Blue Eyes with a monument alongside other American icons. Nancy Sinatra made the claim on Friday in response to a tweet from her former stepmother, actress Mia Farrow. Farrow, who was briefly married to the Hoboken-born crooner in the mid-1960s, reacted to Trump’s speech near Mount Rushmore on Friday in which he said he would include Sinatra in a ‘National Garden of Heroes.’ ‘Frank Sinatra would have loathed Donald Trump,' Farrow tweeted on Friday. Frank Sinatra 'loathed' Donald Trump, according to the late singer's elder daughter, Nancy Sinatra. Frank Sinatra is seen right alongside Trump (far left) and his then-wife, Ivana Trump (center) at an event in New York City in May 1988 The president on Friday said in a speech near Mount Rushmore that...
    PRESIDENT Donald Trump has issued an executive order to rebuild non-Confederate toppled statues for the new "National Garden of American Heroes." The Executive Order on Building and Rebuilding Monuments to American Heroes was issued by the White House on July 3. 7 A sign reading 'stop celebrating genocide' is placed at the base of a Christopher Columbus statue in Providence, Rhode IslandCredit: AP:Associated Press 7 A headless Christopher Columbus statue is seen in Boston, MassachusettsCredit: Alamy Live News It comes in the aftermath of George Floyd's controversial Minneapolis death and the Black Lives Matter demonstrations that followed across the United States - and resulted in statues of mainly Confederate leaders being demolished. "America owes its present greatness to its past sacrifices. Because the past is always at risk of being forgotten, monuments will always be needed to honor those who came before. Since the time of our founding, Americans have...
    President Donald Trump announced Friday he will establish a National Garden of American Heroes which will include statues of the 'giants of out past' and the 'greatest Americans who ever lived'.  Trump described the new monument as 'a vast outdoor park' that will include statues of the likes of former conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, President Ronald Reagan and civil rights activists Martin Luther King Jr. and Harriet Tubman.   The reveal came as protesters around the United States are calling for statues of certain historical American figures to be toppled in light of the recent demonstrations over racial injustice.   The Executive Order marking the new garden took a direct hit at these statue removals claiming that protesters wish to 'desecrate our common inheritance' and vowing to 'stand strong against this violence'.  President Trump made the announcement as he opened the Fourth of July weekend with a fiery speech...
    Activists in Elizabeth, New Jersey want to remove a monument dedicated to Christopher Columbus (not the one pictured above) and replace it with a monument to Marsha P. Johnson, a black trans icon. The activists have started a petition on Change.org that has already gained more than 95,000 signatures, less than 60,000 short of its goal. The petition is critical of Columbus, a popular theme among activists in recent years who have complained about statues and a holiday celebrating the Italian explorer. “The appropriateness of celebrating Christopher Columbus is something that has become more popular discourse in recent years. Although it is widely taught that Columbus “discovered” the Americas, he could not have ‘discovered’ land that was already occupied by indigenous groups. Many believe celebrating Columbus is glorifying European colonialism. Columbus is not a figure to be celebrated, as he enslaved and killed the Taíno. Him and his men also...
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz reacted to news that a statue of President George Washington had been defaced by referring to the perpetrators as “vandals” who “hate America.” “Father of our country,” Cruz tweeted in response to a post from Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer. “These leftist vandals hate America.” Father of our country. These leftist vandals hate America. https://t.co/ow2NR33rzw— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 30, 2020 Vandals can be seen on-camera entering New York City’s Washington Square Park and hurling paint-filled balloons at two statues of the first president of the United States, according to the New York Post. The push to remove statues deemed offensive from the public square has intensified following the death of George Floyd on May 25. The movement was initially focused on toppling statues associated with the Confederacy but has shifted toward mainstream figures such as Presidents Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. ...
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn't enthused at the idea of taking down statues of Christopher Columbus, saying the fight over historical monuments is better fought by erecting new ones. It's important to ask, "'Why is there a statue of Christopher Columbus, but not what one? Or, why don't we honor the Lenape people of whom New York City originally belonged in the same or even similar proportion?” the first-term New York Democrat told the Washington Examiner on Monday. A statue of Christopher Columbus stands in New York City’s midtown Columbus Circle. It is currently under review on whether it will be removed following a decision by a commission headed up by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray. “For me, it's less a question of statue up statue down. It's more a question of white supremacy is when we only acknowledge when we only have...
    President Trump warned two "anarchists" who vandalized a statue of George Washington that they may face 10 years of prison time. Trump said Tuesday that his administration is tracking down two people who threw red paint on statues of George Washington in Washington Square Park in New York City. The individuals were captured on surveillance footage. "We are tracking down the two Anarchists who threw paint on the magnificent George Washington Statue in Manhattan. We have them on tape," Trump tweeted. "They will be prosecuted and face 10 years in Prison based on the Monuments and Statues Act. Turn yourselves in now!" We are tracking down the two Anarchists who threw paint on the magnificent George Washington Statue in Manhattan. We have them on tape. They will be prosecuted and face 10 years in Prison based on the Monuments and Statues Act. Turn yourselves in now!— Donald J....
    Two statues depicting George Washington, the United States’ first president, were defaced early Monday morning in New York City’s Washington Square Park. Protesters splashed red paint on the Washington Square Arch last night following the clash with police where marchers were pepper sprayed during the Queer Liberation March nearby. Pics not mine. pic.twitter.com/dTy1XGrIR5 — Gwynne Hogan (@GwynneFitz) June 29, 2020 General George Washington. June 29, 2020. #NYC. pic.twitter.com/e3HWgm0Qfr — BILL HEMMER (@BillHemmer) June 29, 2020 The New York Post reports: The two suspects — a woman dressed in all white with a white bow in her hair and a man in a black shirt and black shorts — fled on Citi Bikes, law enforcement sources said, noting there was surveillance video of the 3:20 a.m. incident. The early 20th-century statues — one of Washington as the nation’s first president and another depicting him as general of the country’s Revolutionary War forces...
    One town in New York has found a way to celebrate what they said “our country stands for” with a new golden soldier statue. “We started getting donations from a lot of people, and we were so surprised that we raised so much money,” Richard Olenoski, project lead said of the new statue that stands in Bloomfield’s Veteran Park, per Fox6Now.com in a piece published Sunday.  (RELATED: REPORT: Coachella Potentially Rescheduled To October Due To Coronavirus Fears) “A numbing experience,” Myra Gallagher, Bloomfield resident added. “I never thought it would happen.” (RELATED: Pearl Jam Postpones North American Tour Over Growing Coronavirus Concerns) Video of the soldier can be seen by clicking here. At a time when statues across the country are coming down, a handful of people in the Bloomfield area put one up — a statue developers say everyone can get behind. https://t.co/3T2eMDsv7B — FOX6 News (@fox6now) June 29,...
    The streets around the Museum of Natural History in New York City were crowded Sunday as counter-protesters expressed their support for Theodore Roosevelt’s statue. Gavin Wax, president of the New York Young Republican Club, spoke out against removing Roosevelt’s statue. “We have been sick of our city being destroyed, looted, the rioting,” Wax said. “The chaos and the anarchy. We represent the silent majority across this country, even in this city, that [has] been sick of what’s been going on in our country in terms of law and order.” Wax added that they “are taking it further now erasing our history, erasing our monuments, destroying everything about our traditions and past.” “We got fed-up. It was about time we rallied around something – it happened to be this statue because they decided to remove it but it could have been anything.” Another person attending the protest slammed New York City...
    A statue of former U.S. President George Washington was covered with red paint Monday in New York City, as protests continue throughout the country. Two people reportedly threw balloons filled with red paint at two statues dedicated to Washington, according to The New York Post. This comes as Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last Sunday that the statue of President Theodore Roosevelt would be removed from the entrance of the Museum of Natural History. Protesters tore down statues of President and Civil War Gen. Ulysses S. Grant last Friday. American anthem composer Francis Scott Key’s statue in San Francisco was also torn down. General George Washington. June 29, 2020. #NYC. pic.twitter.com/e3HWgm0Qfr — BILL HEMMER (@BillHemmer) June 29, 2020 Later Monday, the Daily Caller went to check out the statue and the paint had been mostly removed. City officials washed off the red paint already, according to some...
    SPARKS, MD. (WJZ) — Ten years after her murder, a new memorial will honor the memory of Yeardley Love. A new statue was unveiled this weekend at U.S. Lacrosse Headquarters based in Sparks, Maryland. Love played at Notre Dame Prep and was playing lacrosse at the University of Virginia when she was killed by her ex-boyfriend in May 2010. After her death, Yeardley’s family started the “One Love Foundation” to educate young people about relationship violence. The ex-boyfriend, George Hueguely, was sentenced to 23 years in prison.  
    More than 24,000 people have signed an online petition to replace a statue of Christopher Columbus in Elizabeth, N.J., with one of Marsha P. Johnson, an LGBTQ activist who was born there. “We should commemorate Marsha P. Johnson for the incredible things she did in her lifetime and for the inspiration she is to members of the LGBT+ community worldwide, especially black trans women,” wrote Celine De Silva, the organizer of the Change.org petition, which had nearly reached its goal of 25,000 signatures as of Monday afternoon. Johnson, a black trans woman, was a central figure in the 1969 Stonewall uprisings in New York. She also helped found the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR), a group that housed homeless and transgender youth, with fellow activist Sylvia Rivera.  De Silva wrote that Columbus, whose history of slavery and genocide has come under renewed focus amid ongoing protests against racial inequality, “is not a figure to...
    A crowd gathered outside New York City's Museum of Natural History on Sunday, defending a statue of former President Theodore Roosevelt after the museum said it will be removed. About 150 people rallied outside the museum, located in New York City, and held signs with phrases such as "Save Teddy!” and “Save Our History!” according to the New York Post. “This statue is of a proud American. Was he perfect? No. No one was perfect. … He did a lot for this country,” Gavin Wax, president of the New York Young Republicans Club, told the newspaper. "We’re here today because we’ve bettered ourselves as a society, and we continue to better ourselves as a society. But we’ll never be able to do that anymore if we continue to tear down our history and forget our past — and we’ll be doomed to repeat it.” Activists have said...
    More than 150 protesters gathered outside of New York's Museum of Natural History yesterday in an effort to save a statue of President Theodore Roosevelt from being removed. During the hour-long demonstration speakers made the case for keeping the bronze effigy of Roosevelt firmly in its place at the Museum's entrance, where it has stood since 1940. The museum had announced its plans to remove the statue of the former president last week after gaining approval from Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City. The statue features Roosevelt being flanked by a Native American man and an African man while riding on horse back, suggesting they are 'subjugated and racially inferior', de Blasio said in a statement. A rally lead by the New York Young Republican Club calls for the Equestrian Statue of Theodore Roosevelt to remain in place on June 28, 2020 in New York City RELATED ARTICLES...
    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Crews removed a statue of Christopher Columbus from its pedestal about a block from the state Capitol in Connecticut early Monday morning amid national conversations about the explorer's legacy. Photos and videos showed the statue being taken down as the sun rose over Hartford. It had been there since 1926, news outlets reported. City leaders said the statue would be placed in storage until a decision is made on what to do next. The monument was located in an area called “Columbus Green.” It was unclear if it would be renamed. The move comes less than a week after a statue of Columbus was taken down in New Haven, sparking clashes between protesters. Other Columbus statues in Middletown and New London have also been removed. Columbus's legacy has been criticized in recent weeks as opponents characterize him as a symbol of white supremacy who sparked centuries...
    Satire is a dangerous business, especially during our cultural revolution, with angry Jacobins beating up politicians, tearing down statues and terrifying corporate and political establishments in a great, leftist show of force. It will never end, will it? Or maybe it just ends with heads. At the rate they’re going, the Jacobins won’t be satisfied with heads of stone. They’ll demand the real thing, with hair and teeth. But I won’t provoke them when they’re all lathered up. And my friends know I’m afraid of satire. I believe in the Importance of Being Earnest. As most Americans know, the recent round of statue smashing started with the protests of the police murder of George Floyd. But this isn’t about George Floyd anymore, is it? We’re way past George Floyd now. Corporate, political and other institutional leaders are desperate to be thought of as woke too. A few of them might...
    A group of protesters and counter protesters clashed in a New Jersey city Friday night over the removal of a statue of Christopher Columbus, nj.com reported. Nutley, like untold numbers of other cities across the country, has a statue of the Italian sailor whose voyages are credited with putting the Americas on the map in the most literal possible sense. Until recently, honoring the Genoan explorer — through statues, through naming rivers or cities or counties after him, etc. — was done without a second thought, as it was his discovery that led to the eventual settlement of the New World and, by extension, the eventual creation of the United States of America.   Hulton Archive/Getty Images However, Columbus’ actions also led to the enslavement and wholesale genocide of native populations. Viewed through the lens of modern attitudes, his actions are not worthy of celebration, and institutions honoring him...
    (CNN)Nearly three thousand people say they want a statue of Christopher Columbus in Elizabeth, New Jersey, removed. But that's not all -- they want it replaced with one of Marsha P. Johnson, a tribute they say has been a long time coming. "I've always said that Marsha was more recognized in New York City and around the world than she is in her own hometown," her nephew, Al Michaels, says. Johnson, a pioneering trans-rights activist and one of the central figures in New York City's gay liberation movement from the 1960s through the 1980s, was born and raised in Elizabeth and left in her late teens with nothing but a few dollars to her name. She leaves behind both a legacy of kindness and perseverance. Despite the slew of challenges she had to overcome as a Black, transgender person, those who knew her say Johnson was defined by the confidence...
    A Christopher Columbus statue that stood for nearly 130 years in New Haven, Conn., was taken down by the city this week -- and now its next resting place appears uncertain, according to a report. A release by the city said officials were "planning for it to reside in the Knights of Columbus Museum." However, a spokesman for the Roman Catholic fraternal organization said he wasn't directly informed of such a plan. “I’m not aware of any … talks with the city to take the statue to the Knights of Columbus Museum,” Joseph Cullen told the New Haven Register. “They have not engaged us.” PHILADELPHIA MOVES TO DISMANTLE CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS STATUE A statue of Christopher Columbus is removed from Wooster Square Park in New Haven, Conn., Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (Associated Press) Cullen said that getting the Columbus statue to fit into the museum might be a problem, as a...
    (CNN)New Yorkers who walked past the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) on Central Park West in recent weeks will have seen officers from the New York Police Department Counterterrorism Unit standing guard in front of the iconic equestrian statue of Theodore Roosevelt, his horse flanked by two muscular, semi-naked men, one African, one American Indian. Hugh RafflesThat infamous statue has been a source of shame to the city and an insult to Black and Native New Yorkers since its installation in 1940 -- so after decades of controversy, it was both a surprise and a relief on Sunday when the museum president, Ellen V. Futter, responded to pressure from museum staff and generations of decolonial activists by announcing that it is finally going to be removed. It's no accident that Roosevelt is depicted on horseback with an indigenous man and a Black man standing behind him. Today, the...
    As calls to remove statues of former U.S. presidents and even Jesus Christ come, presumptive Democratic nominee for the 2020 presidential election Joe Biden has remained silent on the issue, even after his campaign was contacted about the matter. The Daily Caller reached out to the Biden campaign and asked them if the former vice president agrees with the Democrats who want to tear down statues of George Washington, Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt and some depictions of Jesus. The campaign was given over 24 hours to respond to the inquiry. They did not do so. The statue of former President Theodore Roosevelt, who also served as New York state governor, stands in front of the Museum of Natural History on June 22, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) This comes as many, including left-wing activist Shaun King, called for the removal of statues, murals and...
    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — Another statue of Christopher Columbus is being taken down, this one in Connecticut. There were cheers in New Haven‘s Wooster Square as the statue was removed from its pedestal. RELATED STORY — Christopher Columbus Statue Controversy Continues: Opponents Decry ‘Colonizer, Rapist,’ Supporters Say ‘Do The Research’ A judge denied an injunction filed Tuesday by the Italian-American Heritage Group of New Haven. Those who oppose keeping the statue say Christopher Columbus is painful to Indigenous people. Supporters acknowledge Columbus wasn’t perfect, but say he holds historical importance in this country.
    A famed and prized statue of Christopher Columbus that has stood in an area park since 1892, has been removed following protests. The statue, located in Wooster Square Park in New Haven, was removed on Wednesday, June 24, just one week after the city's Parks Commission voted for its removal. The statue, which has been the subject of protests and even a lawsuit filed by the Italian American Heritage Group, was removed around 11 a.m. Prior to the statue’s removal, protesters for and against the statute removal demonstrated, and some altercations broke out, said New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker. The state will remain in custody with the city, ahead of planning for it to reside at the Knights of Columbus Museum, said Elicker. Elicker said the statue holds deep ties to the Italian-American community, as it was first erected in 1892, and later recast in bronze in 1955.  "The decision...
    Nearly 100 protesters called for the removal of a statue of New York public works and parks czar Robert Moses in Long Island on Saturday. The protesters marched down Main Street in Babylon and chanted, “Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, Robert Moses has to go,” while others held signs saying “Robert Moses Was a Racist,” the Long Island Press reported. News 12 Long Island reported that many people want the statue removed because they say Moses supported housing segregation on the island. Protesters say they have collected more than 14,000 signatures on a Change.org petition to remove the Robert Moses statue that sits on West Main Street. Wayne Horsley, a former regional director for Long Island state parks, said Moses made Long Island for all of New York and that statue was erected back in 2003. Moses died in 1981. There was an earlier look at Moses’s history last year when Assemblyman...
    Let’s talk statues: The Islanders should have one or several in their new home at Belmont By: Rob Taub June 24, 2020 ShareTweet0 SharesThe New York Islanders’ future home at Belmont Park looks like it’s going to be spectacular. From every rendering released so far by the team, the entire setup just screams modern and will honor the tradition and rich history of the franchise on Long Island. But what about the statues being a part of that setup? Retired numbers are one thing; a statue means that player or executive deserves to be a landmark. For Isles fans, a statue or two of the franchise’s most famed faces has been a topic in recent years and was once again a subject yesterday on Newsday’s Island Ice Podcast, hosted by the paper’s Islanders beat writer, Andrew Gross. Gross’s suggestion — or...
    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Opponents and supporters of a Christopher Columbus statue in New Haven clashed Wednesday, shouting and at one point shoving each other shortly before the scheduled removal of the monument. Dozens of people gathered around the statue in Wooster Square Park early in the morning. Supporters called it an important symbol of Italian American heritage, while opponents condemned Columbus as a white supremacist who touched off centuries of European oppression and the decimation of Indigenous peoples. No arrests were reported. The city planned to remove the 1892 statue later in the morning. Community leaders, including some Italian Americans, had called for it to be taken down, joining others across the country in demanding Columbus monuments be removed. Columbus statues in Middletown and New London have been taken down already, while one in Hartford also is scheduled to be removed. Rose Monaco was among the supporters of...
    A Democratic state Senator said he was assaulted outside the Wisconsin state capitol building in Madison Tuesday night after protesters toppled two statues — including one created by a pioneering woman sculptor and another of an abolitionist who died fighting the Confederacy in the US Civil War. State Sen. Tim Carpenter told a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter at the scene that he was attacked while taking a photo of protesters on his way back to complete some late-night work at the Capitol. A picture posted on Twitter by the reporter, Lawrence Andrea, showed Carpenter doubled over on one knee in apparent pain following the incident. “I don’t know what happened… all I did was stop and take a picture, and the next thing I’m getting five, six punches, getting kicked in the head,” he said. This new round of protests in Madison were sparked by the recent arrest of a...
            by Thomas Catenacci  Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York said he supports tearing down statues Tuesday, noting that it is a powerful statement about equality and anti-racism. “People are making a statement about equality, about community, to be against racism, against slavery. I think those are good statements,” Cuomo said Tuesday on “Today.” “It’s a healthy expression of people saying, ‘Let’s get some priorities here, and let’s remember the sin and mistake that this nation made and let’s not celebrate it,’” he added. Cuomo’s comments came a day after he publicly supported the removal of the Theodore Roosevelt statue, located outside the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The museum requested the removal of the city-owned statue on Sunday in a statement. The depictions of a Native American and African person walking along Roosevelt’s horse are racist, according to the museum’s statement. “While the Statue...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- The famed Charging Bull statue can't be moved from its current location, according to the Public Design Commission.Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to move the Charging Bull from Bowling Green to the front of the New York Stock Exchange.The statue's artist previously said moving the masterpiece would void his copyright and trademark by turning the Charging Bull into the New York Exchange Bull.The city and the Department of Transportation say they are reviewing the feedback.----------* Get Eyewitness News Delivered * More Manhattan news* Send us a news tip* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts * Follow us on YouTube
    New York — The American Museum of Natural History will remove a prominent statue of Theodore Roosevelt from its entrance after years of objections that it symbolizes colonial expansion and racial discrimination, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday. The bronze statue that has stood at the museum's Central Park West entrance since 1940 depicts Roosevelt on horseback with a Native American man and an African man standing next to the horse. "The American Museum of Natural History has asked to remove the Theodore Roosevelt statue because it explicitly depicts Black and Indigenous people as subjugated and racially inferior," de Blasio said in a written statement. "The City supports the Museum's request. It is the right decision and the right time to remove this problematic statue." Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox But President Trump objected to the statue's removal, tweeting overnight Monday, "Ridiculous, don't do it!"...
    By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge ruled Monday that a man who opened fire after a fight broke out as protesters tried to tear down a statue of a Spanish conquistador will be released pending trial on charges of battery and unlawful carrying of a firearm. The decision came during a detention hearing for Steven Ray Baca, 31. As part of the release conditions, Judge Charles Brown ordered Baca to not attend any protests, nor have contact with any witnesses or carry a firearm. The charges stem from interactions with three unidentified women during a June 15 protest in Albuquerque. Prosecutors have not filed charges related the shooting that injured one man, saying the investigation is ongoing. Baca's attorney had pressed for him to be released, saying his client was forced to defend himself after protesters attacked him and chased him. Baca,...
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