De Blasio's monuments panel decides to remove only one

“Yeah Columbus stays,” Cuomo said during an appearance on Long Island. “I was always with Columbus.”

“Yeah Columbus stays,” Cuomo said during an appearance on Long Island. “I was always with Columbus.”

It is one of dozens of markers commemorating ticker-tape parades held on Lower Broadway, and Mr.de Blasio said that the city would "explore opportunities to add context" to the markers.

Critics of Columbus and the statue honoring him said the Italian explorer was a murderous colonizer who exploited Native Americans and others, while those defending Columbus accused critics of attempting to hastily whitewash history.

"Our approach will focus on adding detail and nuance to - instead of removing entirely - representations of these histories", de Blasio said.

The Mayor's Office announced Friday morning that the statue of Christopher Columbus in Manhattan's Columbus Circle will not be moved, but historical markers about his life and the monument will be added.

Concerns with the statue center on the fact that Sims experimented on African slaves without their consent, or any anesthesia, throughout his career. "As you will recall, at the November 28, 2017 Commission meeting, I noted numerous other important issues that actually affect the day-to-day lives of Staten Islanders that are not the subject of a commission, but are certainly deserving; issues such as Fast Ferry service, our hellish commutes, delays in city capital projects, street cuts, the lack of civics education in our schools, and Sandy recovery".

Although Cantave and other opposed to the Columbus statue were defeated, the city said that it plans to put up new historical markers in and around Columbus Circle to "continue the public discourse".

De Blasio said the commission tried to address the “two parallel realities” concerning Columbus
De Blasio said the commission tried to address the “two parallel realities” concerning Columbus

Panel member Harriet Senie, an art history director at City College of NY, conceded that "not much has changed" after the panel met three times, held five town halls attended by 500 people, and surveyed an additional 3,000 folks.

Prior to the commission's announcement, opponents of the statue led by activist Glenn Cantave pushed for the statue to be taken down and replaced with one of Haitian revolutionary Toussaint L'Ouverture as a nod to the city's significant Haitian population. The city will also add a new monument to honor indigenous people. While Columbus is viewed by some Americans as a founding hero, he is viewed by others as a symbol of rape, colonialism, imperialism, slavery and genocide.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-Staten Island, Brooklyn, ) who unsuccessfully challenged de Blasio previous year, called the city's decision "a victory for Italian-Americans and those who appreciate his contributions and recognize the explorer represents the immigrant experience".

The statue of Theodore Roosevelt in front of the American Museum of Natural History. "The former assemblyman, police commissioner, governor and president is one of the most honorable public servants in New York's history and I'm delighted that the tribute to his legacy will remain". But, I think at the end of the day, we should look at this in terms of what this really was.

"We are pleased that the statue is going to remain, but we're absolutely not pleased about the idea of putting up a plaque in order to put historical information".