NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Vandals defaced the statue of Christopher Columbus in Central Park Tuesday morning.

There were threats of more to come, and as CBS2 Political Reporter Marcia Kramer explained, it happened as a city commission reviews which monuments could come down as symbols of hate.

Mayor Bill de Blasio happily walked into his Park Slope polling place, apparently unaware of the latest act of vandalism to stun the city.

The statue had the message “hate will not be tolerated” and “something’s coming” scrawled on it. Columbus’s hands were painted red, and a paper sign that read ‘save your soul’ was also found.

The statue of Christopher Columbus in Central Park was vandalized on Sept. 12, 2017. (credit: Christen Clifford)

The Christopher Columbus statue is located near East 66th Street at the southern end of the mall walkway.

A worker cleans up the vandalized statue of Christopher Columbus on Sept. 12, 2017. (credit: West Side Rag)

The statue was being cleaned up on Tuesday . A Central Park Conservancy worker power-washed the statue then scrubbed the blood-red paint from its hands, CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez reported.

“Vandalism doesn’t do anything, even if they are against the concept of a Christopher Columbus statue,” one woman told Sanchez.

“It’s a shame, it’s an awful shame that something like that should be defaced, you know, it belongs to the public,” a tourist from Scotland said.

It was the third Columbus monument defaced in the are since de Blasio called for a commission to evaluate, and possibly remove symbols of hate from city land.

Council speaker Melissa Mark Viverito urged that the Columbus statue in Columbus Circle be included because the explorer brutalized natives in his traveled.

The Columbus bust in Yonkers was knocked off its pedestal and broken on August 29. A few days later the Columbus statue in Astoria’s Columbus Triangle was targeted as well.

Requests to interview the mayor and council speaker were turned down.

“The mayor thinks vandalism is wrong and never the right approach to these conversations or monuments,” said Press Secretary Eric Philips.

“Vandalizing and defacing public property is unacceptable and does nothing to facilitate necessary conversations about New York City’s historical monuments,” said Viverito’s spokesperson Robin Levine.

Republican Mayoral Candidate Nicole Malliotakis had no problem weighing in.

“Our mayor and Council Speaker Viverito have encouraged this type of behavior,” she said, “Instead of bringing people together, they’re looking to be divisive because it motivates maybe their base, and that’s not right to be doing this for political gain at the expense of unity in our city.”

Police Commissioner James O’Neill said late Tuesday that it may mean an increase of police presence at the Columbus monuments.

“Anytime there seems to be something developing here, we would probably take additional steps – whether it’s putting plain clothes out or cameras out,” he said.

Last Friday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a special commission will evaluate public monuments on city property and offer recommendations on whether they should stay, be removed, or have plaques with additional information added to them.

The commission was created in the wake of the deadly attack in Charlottesville, Virginia. A woman was killed during a rally initiated by protests against the removal of the statue of Confederate leader Robert E. Lee.

The question of the fate of the statues has turned into an election issue, with Mayor de Blasio refusing to say whether he personally thinks the statue of Columbus should stay or be removed.

Some people say the controversy of keeping or not keeping statues has gone overboard.

“There are good parts about them and bad parts. We’re all not perfect,” one man told Sanchez. “But again, I don’t think they should go down. They should just let them be.”

So far, there’s been no claim of responsibility for the vandalism. No arrests have been made.

Meanwhile, a number of groups have organized a “tear it down” rally in Columbus Circle tonight, calling for an end to “white supremacy and all symbols of oppression.” The protest will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will march to CNN headquarters, which is nearby.

Comments (49)
  1. People need to get a life.

  2. Dave Gardner says:

    “Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”
    ― George Orwell, 1984

  3. Che Pajogwin says:

    LoL – Trump-tards getting mad that a few racist statues are being taken down. If they opened a book in their life, they’d know that their beloved parts of history are still there, in history, where they belong.

    1. Ant Nee says:

      It’s propaganda. It’s not a racist statue.

  4. Stupid is as stupid does. Yes, let’s vandalize the statues. That will fix everything. Morons.

    Keep it up. More and more are waking up from the radical liberal stupor and coming into the light.

  5. More proof that liberals are American in the same way Hitler was Jewish.

  6. Mark Wilhelm says:

    All this type of “protest” is going to do is get Trump re-elected.

  7. Jim Morrison says:

    I give the Muslims a decade before the 911 Memorial at the WTC comes down

  8. Yirmin Snipe says:

    Irony is Columbus never even sat foot in the USA, let alone New York. Closest he got to the US was Cuba. So in the big picture why does anyone care? And if people want to protest the horrors of Europeans killing natives then they need to self deport themselves out of the USA because their mere presence in the USA is a testament to accepting the booty that the early “evil” explorer won.

  9. Reed Smith says:

    The irony of that scribble is precious, but leftists are too stupid to see it

  10. The Commie and Anarchist street fighters are on the march. Vandals are one of their ilk.

  11. Mark Jaeger says:

    Idiots like the one who did this act had better hope they don’t get caught by any wiseguys: they’ll end up in a car trunk out in the weeds. Capisce, paisan?

  12. The picture of hypocrisy…

    Liberals are the stupidest people on the planet.

  13. Lynn Wood says:

    What’s the problem. Chris claimed all the lands for the Spanish Crown and proclaimed all inhabitants thereof the subjects and property of. So, who owns us now?

    1. The Dutch were the first in New York. Columbus discovered San Salvador.

  14. Manhattan attracts these ultra-sensitive snoflakes like flies on dogcrap. Their professors (because most of this nonsense in taught in college) should be ashamed of themselves…just a bunch of 60s ex-hippies with a grudge against the US government. All of these professors need to go live in Afghanistan for a few years with the Taliban to see what hate is all about. If they come back, I’d like to then ask them what they think of Columbus.

  15. Dale Warren says:

    Radical, alt-Left, anti-American, socialist, Progressive Democrats have unwittingly created a monster by coddling fringe, extremist, hate groups to employ as a shock storm trooper vanguard to attack Confederate statues. Now, the Frankenstein monster is loose and on the rampage beyond their control. Like everything else the radical, alt-Left, anti-American, socialist, Progressive Democrats do, damage, destruction, division, and destabilization are the consequences of the present stupidity.

  16. Hate crime against us Italianos….Figlio di Sfachim!!!!
    Put up cameras, catch the dogs, and lock them up.

  17. Stan Bartsch says:

    Opening up a quarrel between the present and the past only sacrifices the future – Winston Churchill and “Mike and The Mechanics”

  18. Defacing this statue is a hate crime. Why is it being tolerated? If they keep doing this, they are right, something is coming.

  19. Jim Jacaruso says:

    Funny how the intolerant haters who defaced this statue claim to not tolerate hate.

  20. Ted Gonzalez says:

    “Wahhh!!! We HATE history by claiming we’re fighting “hate” by spray painting “hate” on a statue! Even though we don’t know who Columbus is, we only know he was a white man and therefore was a racist! Wahhhh!!……………….”
    This is the mental illness sweeping the country thanks to CNN and MSNBC who are promoting this movement of historic statues and figures.

  21. Great White Sharks are not racist!!!!!

    1. Dale Warren says:

      Social justice, community organizer, marine biologists are now applying the new politically correct designation, “mediocre racist ocean dwelling carnivore” to the creature formerly known as the “great white shark” in order to be compassionate, diverse, inclusive, and to stop the hate.

      1. Willem Reese says:

        Privileged piscine oppressor

  22. Jeffrey Gee says:

    This crap is getting old, hope the find them and throw them in prison!

  23. Left doing dirty work of Nazis! Nazis are left faction.

  24. Looks like liberal hate on display to me. I can’t wait to vote conservative next year! MAGA!

  25. You progressive clowns getting sick and tired of making fools out of yourselves yet? I hope not, 2018 can’t get here soon enough.

  26. Geo Rubik says:

    What they perceive as hate they won’t tolerate but their hate will be propagated.

  27. This is what lefties do – Hate Hate Hate

  28. Doug Day says:

    Leftwingers are bookburners and totalitarian censors gazing this way and that, searching for offenses they can virtue signal over. They will be defeated, then shamed.

  29. Chris Peters says:

    Hate won’t be tolerated but stupidity is ok. Come and join the left

  30. The Democrats have decided that Antifa and BLM are part of their coalition. The MSM will not be able to provide cover for their antics despite upcoming valiant attempts to do so. This will not end well for the Left and will drive even more Americans away from them in the end. The Democratic Party is losing huge swaths of middle America and aligning themselves with these miscreants will not help.

    Fortunately, real Americans took our country back from these traitors on Nov 8th. Us “deplorables” wanted our jobs and our nation back! Our healthcare was too expensive. Mine is $700/month now (thanks to Obamacare). My car insurance is still $25 per month (from Insurance Panda), but what are the Democrats plans for that? If you look at Democrat strongholds like Detroit and New Orleans, car insurance will run you $300+ per month!

    Please protect us, Trump! I fear the media’s and politicians’ support for antifa and BLM will embolden these groups in greater acts of violence.

  31. Take Soros money look the other way when Soros Brownshirts play their fascist games. You guys really have stepped in it now and bet you will soon be wondering how you get out if you aren’t already.

  32. Faise Booke says:

    Tear down the the Greta Pyramids in Egypt !!!! Those represent slavery !!!

  33. Cam Kirmser says:

    Yes, it is a well-known fact that people vandalize things they love.

    I wonder if the morons who did this in any way see the irony in their “hate will not be tolerated” comment scrawled on the statue.

  34. The Orangutans are messing with the wrong people. One criminal said “I would rather have 10 FBIs after me than one of those guys.

  35. This is what Nazis, Communists, and Islamists do.

    1. The Muslim Brotherhood (Morsi, Abedin, Hassan I Sabbah) wanted to DECIMINATE the SPHINX!
      Think about this. If 5% of Muslims are ISIS friendly, millions and millions of them will DESTROY all monuments from distant antiquity. For them, The SPHINX must be DESTROYED!

      Take a very close look at the design of the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pa. Ask yourself: Who is Architect Paul Murdoch? What religion is Milena Murdoch?

      Now, as to Columbus. Columbus symbolizes the Spirit of Adventure and Exploration of the Cosmos. He is like Captain Kirk of the Spaceship Enterprise in the imagination of the people(s) who erected his statue(s). Remember: Slavery was ubiquitous in this world centuries ago. The Aztecs practiced slavery as did tribal peoples in North America. Squawking Leftoids push their corrupt, false ideology as if it is possessed of a holy morality. Nonsense.

      Vandals and terrorists who are fighting to eliminate Columbus don’t have their own heroes that they are willing to publicly affirm. Masked Antifa terrorists ought to want Che Guevara or Bill Ayers memorialized by gigantic Macy Day balloon-sized statues. Instead, all they can think of doing is to terrorize and destroy!

  36. Andy Howe says:

    New York has a special commission to decide what to do about public monuments?
    Why don’t they just do like Dallas which also appointed a similar commission?
    Dallas didn’t wait for its special commission to make any recommendations; they just decided to go ahead and start removing monuments. The commission was a sham to pretend that the public had some say and to give the members something to put on their resumes to pretend they performed a public service when they really did nothing and were allowed to do nothing. New York’s commission will likely be the same.
    The fix is in.

  37. Democrat bigots [redundant phrase alert] have always singled out Italians and other ethnic groups for cleansing.

    See the KKK.

  38. Alan Jones says:

    There you go democrats, I hope you are ALL happy now! And yes it’s all because of YOU! You’ve let the people of your party become communists. Congratulations………….

  39. Take down all statues, everywhere; and start with all the MLK statues

  40. Jerry Walton says:

    Antifas cultural rewriting of history continues.

  41. The Taliban Branch of the Democratic Party strikes again!

    1. “branch”? Bigotry and racism are the trunk and entire tree of the Democrat Party.

  42. More of the democrat’s roving packs of wild retards at work! Generation “R” at it’s finest!

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