He is 110-years-old and getting a facelift. CBS 2 was recently given a sneak peek at a masterpiece of public art in Manhattan that has been kept under wraps for long overdue work.
A statue of Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese that was vandalized with messages of hate earlier this month will be rededicated Monday, before the Brooklyn Cyclones take on the Staten Island Yankees.
Yankees closing pitcher Mariano Rivera has condemned the defilement of a Jackie Robinson statue outside MCU Park at Coney Island.
Somebody spray-painted swastikas and racist slurs on the statue which depicts Hall of Famers Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese in a famous pose from 1947.
The original statue of the “Sacred Heart of Jesus” sat on a pedestal outside the rectory of Saints Peter and Paul Church for more than a decade before it was torn from its base in the middle of the night.
Who swiped their savior? That’s what members of one Brooklyn church are asking after a thief stole a statue of Jesus. People in the area said they can’t believe someone would do something like that just days before Christmas.
Parishioners were outraged when the head of the beloved statue outside the St. Nicholas Church in Palisades Park was knocked off by vandals earlier this month.
“This is very sad indeed,” parishioner Gina Odorisio said. “This is a wonderful symbol for all those who pass by.”