Painting of Black Lives Matter mural at Trump Tower moved to next week

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July 02, 2020 - 9:03 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – The city has postponed painting a Black Lives Matter mural outside Trump Tower until next week, Mayor Bill de Blasio's press office said Thursday.

City Hall initially said work on the mural would begin Thursday outside President Donald Trump's namesake tower on Fifth Avenue, but officials later said the work had been moved back because of a scheduling change.

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The mural's lettering will be painted with 100 gallons of yellow paint and face Trump Tower between 56th and 57th streets.

De Blasio was initially expected to visit the mural Thursday but will now stop by at a later date, according to officials.

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The mayor confirmed Wednesday that the mural would be painted in “a matter of days.”

“It’s an important message to the whole nation, and obviously we want the president to hear it, because he’s never shown respect for those three words,” de Blasio said in an MSNBC interview.

Trump slammed de Blasio in a tweet a short time later, writing that the city was "denigrating" Fifth Avenue with a “symbol of hate.”

Two similar murals have already been painted on Brooklyn streets—downtown and in Bedford-Stuyvesant—in recent weeks and more are planned for Centre Street, near City Hall, and in Harlem.

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