Campaign launches to rename a Brooklyn building after Flatbush native Ruth Bader Ginsburg

September 28, 2018

Via Borough President Eric Adams petition

In some not-terrible Supreme Court news, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg could be getting a Brooklyn Building named after her. Borough President Eric Adams launched a campaign on Thursday calling on City Hall to rename the Brooklyn Municipal Building after Ginsburg, a native of Flatbush. This past August marked Ginsburg’s 25th year as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, as only the second woman to sit on the court.

Adams first asked Mayor Bill de Blasio in November to rename the building, which currently holds a number of city offices, after Ginsburg. In a letter to the mayor, Adams highlighted the need for city buildings to better reflect its diverse history.

“In an era where popular culture puts performing artists and sports stars on a public pedestal, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has risen to incredible levels of iconic admiration and love,”  Adams wrote in the letter to de Blasio. “Society often waits to recognize a lifetime of accomplishment until after that lifetime ends. In this case, we can honor the life and service of Ruth Bader Ginsburg during what we hope will be a long and active remaining life.”

Born in 1933 in Brooklyn, Ginsburg attended the East Midwood Jewish Center and studied at the city’s public schools, eventually graduating from James Madison High School (where Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Chuck Schumer also attended). She graduated from Cornell University with her bachelor’s degree and later, first in her class at Columbia Law School.

As the petition from Adams describes, the life of Ginsburg, the daughter of Jewish immigrants, “is a quintessential New York story.” He goes on to say, “Ginsburg has become an icon, affectionally referred to as the ‘Notorious RBG,'” a reference to the late rapper Biggie Smalls, aka the Notorious B.I.G, also from Brooklyn.

Learn more about the campaign and sign the petition here.


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