City Honors Sun Yat-sen with Permanent Monument and Columbus Park Plaza Renaming

Posted on: February 8th, 2019 at 5:08 am by

Mayor de Blasio during the commemoration

To commemorate the Lunar New Year, the City announced this week that wheels are in motion to permanently install the bronze statue of 20th-century revolutionary and founder of the Republic of China, Dr. Sun Yat-sen. This public artwork has been on display since late 2011 in the north plaza of Columbus Park, and after getting the nod from the Public Design Commission, there it will stay.

But wait! There’s more. In the near future, the City will also make moves to rename the northern plaza of the park after Dr. Sun Yat-sen.

“It is long past time for us to recognize the heroes that represent the true diversity and vibrancy of our City,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “By moving to honor Dr. Sun Yat-sen with a permanent monument, we are also honoring the many Chinese-Americans who call Chinatown, and New York City, home.”

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