MIDTOWN, Manhattan — Despite initially saying work would begin Thursday on a large “Black Lives Matter” mural along New York’s Fifth Avenue, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office has now said the mural is postponed to next week.
The mayor said at his daily briefing Thursday that the delay was due to” logistics” and that his office will announce when it is going to happen.
De Blasio first announced the mural in late June, saying it would be painted on the famed avenue, right in front of Trump Tower, the exact location selected for a reason.
“Painting ‘Black Lives Matter; outside his home is a message to him that in fact black lives do matter, that black people built New York City and they’ve never been compensated for all they did,” the mayor said at the time.
Dozens of cities across the country have painted similar murals on city streets, following in the footsteps of Washington, D.C.
President Donald Trump slammed the planned mural Wednesday, calling it a “symbol of hate” in a series of tweets.
Trump claimed the mural would be “denigrating this luxury Avenue” and “will further antagonize New York’s Finest.”
De Blasio fired back on Twitter saying, “Black people BUILT 5th Ave and so much of this nation. Your ‘luxury’ came from THEIR labor, for which they. have never been justly compensated.”
“We are honoring them. The fact that you see it as denigrating your street is the definition of racism,” his tweets read.
On Tuesday night, New York City lawmakers approved a $89 billion budget for 2021. That budget cuts the NYPD funding from the $6 billion the department received in 2020 to about $5 billion.