Columbus Statue in Columbus Circle Receives a 24-Hour NYPD Detail

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The patrols aim to prevent additional vandalism to the 125-year-old statue ahead of Monday’s Columbus Day Holiday.

October 5, 2017

By: APB Staff Writer

Ahead of Monday’s Columbus Day holiday, the NYPD is now on site with 24-hour protection to the Christopher Columbus statue in Columbus Circle to prevent additional vandalism to the 125-year-old statue.

On September 23, a homeless man put pink nail polish on the bronze relief of Columbus on the base of the 70-foot pedestal the statue sits atop. The man said he used the nail polish to represent blood on Columbus’ hands as many demand his namesake October federal holiday to be renamed due to the famous explorer’s treatment of the people who inhabited the lands that he supposedly discovered.

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