Red Square’s Lenin Statue Finds New Home on Norfolk Street

Posted on: September 21st, 2016 at 5:00 am by

This image has been archived or removed.

Photo: Johan Vipper

It was big news yesterday when word dropped that the iconic Vladimir Lenin statue was removed from its longtime perch atop Red Square. It didn’t go far, though.

No sooner was the 18-foot sculpture deposed than hoisted to a new home just across the street. A mobile crane lifted Lenin to the rooftop of 178 Norfolk Street yesterday morning. Boogie reader Johan Vipper sent along the following image of the re-installation.

This image has been archived or removed.

Photo: Johan Vipper

Choice of location makes sense.

In the immediate aftermath of its removal, a tipster told EV Grieve that Red Square co-developer Michael Rosen was intent on keeping the statue. Well, Rosen and Red Square co-developer Michael Shaoul together own 178 Norfolk Street. Don’t be surprised to see Lenin back on his game in the coming days…

Its removal, and subsequent relocation, probably has something to do with the purported sale of Red Square over the summer. Indeed, word leaked last month that the 130-unit development was under contract to Dermot Co. for roughly $100 million.

This 18-foot Lenin statue was originally commissioned by the USSR, but the implosion of that country in 1989 – the year Red Square was built at 250 East Houston – prevented its display. The developers of the property, Michael Shaoul and Michael Rosen, reportedly found it trashed in a backyard just outside Moscow and installed it five years later.

This image has been archived or removed.

Recent Stories

The ‘Plus Pool’ Might Soon be a Reality off Two Bridges Coastline

More than ten years in the making, a daring pool pitch is a lap closer to reality in the East River. Just in time for a slate of new luxury skyscrapers. The so-called Plus Pool (stylized +POOL), that intriguing self-filtering swimming pool, will park in the Two Bridges neighborhood in the not-so-distant future, according to […]

Man Punches Woman to the Ground on Essex Street After Demanding Money

Police released surveillance imagery of a mugger who knocked down a woman on Essex Street last week after demanding money. According to the police report, the 57-year-old victim was approached by the suspect at about 8:20am Thursday morning, near the corner of Canal Street. The man demanded money then began pummeling her. He punched her […]

21 Pell Street Awarded Grant for New Chinatown Programming

Some funds are headed to 21 Pell Street. In April, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council awarded the program with $4,500, monies that will be used to support and expand the free community programming in Chinatown. Founded by legendary late photographer Corky Lee, 21 Pell Street showcases the talent and contributions of Asian Americans through photo […]

Poolside Facebook Pics Ensnare Wanted Clinton Street Road Rage Shooter

The suspect wanted in connection with a stray-bullet shooting that injured a 75-year-old woman on Clinton Street was arrested this week in Florida thanks to some Facebook photos. Detectives identified, then came across photos of Bronx resident Carlyle Herring, 42, lounging poolside with palm trees in the background. They then scoured his profile for clues […]

Alife Shuts Down After 22 Years on the Lower East Side

Alife, the seminal streetwear brand born on the Lower East Side, is closing its flagship store on Rivington Street and leaving the neighborhood. The shutter draws a curtain on more than two decades of retail in the neighborhood. Alife’s General Manager Treis Hill revealed the news on Instagram late-day yesterday, thanking everyone “that helped make […]