News of Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio's monuments commission's recommendations for what to do with controversial statues and monuments on New York City property is being cautiously celebrated by many Staten Island politicians. On Thursday, De Blasio's commission recommended that most controversial monuments and statues be kept where they are with...

Christopher Columbus stays — with an asterisk. The findings of Mayor de Blasio’s monuments commission were set in stone Thursday — with the group deciding after months of deliberations not to completely tear down any statues around the city in a monumentally anticlimactic ruling. Columbus will remain atop his perch high above the circle named for h...

During the past few months, Americans have clashed, sometimes violently, under, over and about the monuments that adorn our public spaces. Too often, the conflict devolves to an all-or-nothing argument. One side says, “Take them down.” The other side says, “Leave them up.” While this binary debate makes for catchy headlines, it ignores the wide ran...

Staten Islanders and local elected officials came out in force to support the Christopher Columbus statue in Manhattan's Columbus Circle at a monuments commission hearing at Borough Hall Tuesday morning. The Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers held its fifth and final public hearing on Staten Island, during which residen...

New Yorkers sounded off on the fates of statues from Christopher Columbus to Teddy Roosevelt Wednesday at the Manhattan hearing of Mayor de Blasio's monuments commission. Speakers were split between people pushing to get rid of statues of figures tarred with racism and colonialism, and those arguing the monuments should stay as a reminder of histor...

Politicians, teachers, art historians, feminists, futurists and more turned out to speak on the role of public monuments in New York City. The Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers held their public hearing for Brooklyn this morning at Borough Hall. The hearing is the latest in a series, one in each of the five boroughs, i...

The future of the statue of Christopher Columbus and other symbols is at stake and the city wants your input. The Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers will hold public hearings in each borough this month where New Yorkers can share their ideas about the city's monuments and markers in public space. The Staten Island heari...

Italian Americans say Mayor de Blasio has fake blood on his hands for refusing to pardon statues of Christopher Columbus from a city panel reviewing “symbols of hate.” About 50 members of Italian American groups protested de Blasio’s controversial monument commission across the street from Columbus Circle outside of Central Park on Saturday, the da...

The city is holding public hearings in all five boroughs to let New Yorkers give their two cents on whether potentially-offensive statues should stay or go. The commission created by Mayor de Blasio is reviewing “symbols of hate” on city property, and is expected to give recommendations on monuments to scrap or keep by the end of the year. “Our pub...

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio easily won a second term on Tuesday, the Associated Press has projected, capitalizing on economic growth, low crime and a weakened Republican Party in a race he turned into a referendum on progressive government. The incumbent Democrat handily defeated Republican Nicole Malliotakis, a member of the state assembly, and...