Clarkstown Removing Controversial New City Mural

CLARKSTOWN, NY (WCBS 880) – It was called too urban, too political, and too loud.

WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi reports from the suburbs

Now, the controversial mural that went up four years ago on Congers Road in New City is being taken down. “It provoked many different emotions,” says Clarkstown town supervisor Alex Gromack.

Gromack says the mural is being taken down as part on New City’s revitalization.

“We’ve always intended that the wall would be reconfigured with stone and plantings. So, certainly the renderings are beautiful on what that section will look like, and as part of it, the wall is being refaced,” says Gromack.

As for public art in the future, Gromack says they have no plans for it right now.

  • Seriously...

    I would think that “too urban for this hamlet” is code for the more racist ‘too black for this white community”

  • gary prophet

    Being an artist and friends with an artist who painted one of the murals.

    Beautification is nice, while the parking has driven some stores to other parts of New City.

    I think the removal is more the doing of our local politicians who are so wishy washy and do only for themselves.

    leave the wall, have a little art in new city, and revitilize the people in office

    Gary Prophet

  • jerseyjoey

    See you lemmings in LaLa Liberal reporters Censure land, interesting that niether the discription of the work in question or the photo in the story identify what the thing is, terrible lIBERAL REPORTING HERE, can get better reporting from the facist times for Hecks sake.

  • JNB757

    From LoHud Website
    Ed Lettre, Clarkstown’s director of public works, said part of the 130-foot wall would be taken down and part of it would be covered with stone to match the rest of downtown New City where a beautification effort is ongoing.

    The mural, across the street from Clarkstown Town Hall, was painted in 2007 by 11 Rockland artists who included nature scenes, portraits of American leaders, a tribute to New Orleans and a portrayal of Rockland’s history.

    While some people praised the effort, many others objected to it saying that mural belonged to urban communities and not suburban hamlets. Critics said the art was political; some described it as graffiti.

    Lettre said the decision to remove the mural had nothing to do with public opinion, whether good or bad.

    “We’re not removing it due to either of those concerns, but due to our overall redevelopments plans for New City,” Letter said.

    It could come down by the middle of March, he said

  • Micha

    wonder how much this will cost…

  • Ruth French

    Oh my emotions Oh my. Scary stuff those emotions.

  • Hal Mann

    What a well-reported story! I especially like all the detail about what it is that some residents found so offensive about the mural.

    • Cos

      Hal Mann…

      You’re so right! Even the picture is from a distance – thus, not allowing one the ability to speculate as to what the problem was… In any case, this is another instance of ‘Freedom of speech… So long as it’s the right speech!’

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