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A new home for Charging Bull
One of Manhattan’s most famous public art installations—and biggest tourist traps—is moving.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the city is planning to relocate Charging Bull, the massive sculpture located just outside of Bowling Green Park. The big bronze bull has been situated at the tail end of Broadway for decades, after artist Arturo Di Modica placed the bull near the New York Stock Exchange in 1989 as a “Christmas gift to the city.” NYSE wanted the statue moved, and Di Modica and the Parks Department worked to put it in another lower Manhattan location.
Funnily enough, the location the city is reportedly eyeing for the statue is closer to the New York Stock Exchange. The de Blasio administration’s reasons for the move are safety-related, given the large crowds who routinely pose with the bull in its current location. (It would also put the sculpture closer to Fearless Girl, the statue of a small child that was originally placed near the bull back in 2017.)
One person who’s not happy about the move is Di Modica, who previously threatened to sue the city over Fearless Girl; his rep told the WSJ that the current spot is “the perfect location” and “[t]here’s no reason to move it now.”
And in other news…
- Former mayor Michael Bloomberg might be running for president, for some reason.
- George Lucas reportedly scoped out a condo at 432 Park Avenue.
- SantaCon will return to New York City on December 14, so make plans for a day trip now if you want to avoid the drunken, costumed masses.
- “Hostile architecture” in NYC is making public space less, well, public.
- In totally unsurprising news, some developers are mad that a ballot measure amending the city’s land use review process passed.
- As more waterfront parks are built, kids (and their parents) are pushing for more fields for athletics.
- And finally, it’s going to be cold tonight, New York—bundle up, and don’t forget: your landlord is required to provide heat and hot water. Stay warm, and have a good weekend.
A Freeze Warning has been issued for the NYC metro area after midnight into early Sat morning. Sub-freezing temperatures as low as 26 degrees are expected. This will be the season’s first below freezing night for the NYC area. For more information, go to https://t.co/t8cfzoAwxn pic.twitter.com/he2ocarG9Y
— NWS New York NY (@NWSNewYorkNY) November 8, 2019