Brooklyn Municipal Building will be renamed after Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Posted On Tue, September 22, 2020 By

Posted On Tue, September 22, 2020 By In Brooklyn, Policy

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The Brooklyn Municipal Building will be renamed after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday. The idea to honor the Brooklyn native was first floated two years ago by Borough President Eric Adams, who launched a campaign in 2018 calling on the mayor to sign off on the change. De Blasio’s approval this week follows Ginsburg’s death last Friday.

“What an extraordinary opportunity to say to the people of Brooklyn, here’s one of your own who changed the world,” de Blasio said during a press briefing Tuesday.

Adams in 2017 first asked de Blasio, who only had to issue an executive order to rename the city building at 210 Joralemon Street, to honor Ginsburg. In September 2018, he launched an online petition to gather more support for the name change, which has collected over 100,000 signatures. That year had marked Ginsburg’s 25th anniversary as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a legal giant, a staunch advocate for gender equality, a fierce believer in the promise of our country, and a proud daughter of Brooklyn,” Adams said in a statement on Tuesday following de Blasio’s announcement.

“Today, I am glad to hear that the Mayor has heeded our call. With Justice Ginsburg’s recent passing, this is a bittersweet moment,” he continued. But I take heart in knowing the young girls and boys who pass by the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Municipal Building will know her name, learn from her example, and pick up the baton to run their own relay toward a more just, equitable, and fair America.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state will honor Ginsburg with a statue in Brooklyn. Cuomo said he will announce a commission this week that will select an artist and provide recommendations for the design and location of the memorial.

During a call with reporters on Monday, Cuomo said the state is considering erecting the statue in Brooklyn Bridge Park on a site “that would overlook the Statue of Liberty.”

 

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After the news of Ginsburg’s passing, New Yorkers left flowers and signs at her childhood home in Midwood and at James Madison High School, where Ginsburg was a student. Artist Adrian Wilson transformed the mosaics at the 50th Street subway station from “50th St.” to “Ruth St,” as Gothamist reported, and Wall Street’s Fearless Girl statue now dons a collar.

Ginsburg was born to Russian-Jewish immigrants in 1933 and raised in Midwood. She attended the city’s public schools and later went on to Cornell and Columbia Universities. In 1993, Ginsburg became the second woman to ever serve as a justice on the Supreme Court.

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