On Tuesday, June 9, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that one street in each of NYC’s five boroughs will be painted and co-named Black Lives Matter.
According to his announcement, the City will be working with community activists to paint each street, as well as City Council to “advance legislation” for the co-naming to commemorate the Black Lives Matter movement. de Blasio states,
“The streets of our city will now affirm the vital work activists have done to bring us forward. With a street in every borough painted with the words Black Lives Matter, we are recognizing where we have been and looking forward to where we will go.”
The artwork and renaming will begin near City Hall in Manhattan, with the other four locations still being decided on in conjunction with City Council. The mayor’s statement continues,
“Renaming and repainting a street is a modest testament to the massive challenge ahead of us,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “But in so doing we will, literally, set down a marker for our current goals and mark this era for future generations. I’m a history buff; as New Yorkers and visitors walk downtown past some of America’s most historic landmarks, ‘Black Lives Matter Way’ will add to that history.”
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