Saturday, November 18, 2017
Both sides heard at Queens hearing on monuments
The future of New York City’s controversial monuments was the topic of conversation Friday at Queens Borough Hall where for the first time, New Yorkers had a chance to give their two cents.
As many as 800 pieces of art across the five boroughs including a statue of Christopher Columbus in Midtown, are at the center of the debate.
Nearly two dozen residents testified before Mayor de Blasio’s advisory commission on city art, monuments and markers.
From residents who warned that erasing history would be dangerous, to others who called Columbus a “terrorist” — the opinions ran the gamut.
Outside all the talk of history, the turnout for the public testimony was noticeably low with members of the media outnumbering residents.
The midday hearing drew ire from some but the Mayor’s office insists holding a hearing like this in the middle of the day on a weekday, is standard procedure.