Bronx residents sound off on controversial city monuments

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The city is looking for the public's input on how it should deal with art and monuments that represent controversial points in American history.

The Christopher Columbus statue at D'Auria-Murphy Triangle and others like around New York City have been vandalized and are the subject of much discussion. A city panel is now listening to residents' concerns about the monuments.

The Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments and Markers is holding public hearings on the subject in all five boroughs, and Monday's was held at Bronx Borough Hall. Officials listened to both sides of the argument, which comes in the wake of violent protests involving white nationalists and Black Lives Matter activists this summer in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The commission was formed following Mayor Bill de Blasio's decision to conduct a full review of all so-called “symbols of hate” on city property.

The commission in December will incorporate feedback from the public 90-day review period with its own recommendations and give its final report to the mayor.

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