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Crowd Gathers for Rally to Rename NYC Building in Honor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Celebrate Her 86th Birthday

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Supreme Court says Ginsburg is aware of the proposal and is 'honored'

What to Know

  • The borough president of Brooklyn marked the upcoming 86th birthday of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday
  • Democratic Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams marked Ginsburg's March 15 birthday with large party and rally
  • It is part of Adams' push to rename the Brooklyn Municipal Building for Ginsburg

Among signs, posters, a cake and congratulatory words, a party celebrating Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's 86th birthday and a rally to demand New York City to rename the Brooklyn Municipal Building after the jurist was held Friday morning.

The festivities, which was setup by Democratic Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, kicked off at 8 a.m. outside the Brooklyn Borough Hall and included a birthday cake, a happy birthday singalong and the opportunity to sign a birthday card.

Adams spoke to the crowd in attendance, while sending birthday wishes to Ginsburg.

"Happy Birthday to a great Supreme Court justice, a little shower will not stop us," Adams said alluding to the morning weather. "We want to clearly celebrate such an important person in our history and a symbol of women's rights and the fight for equality in this country."

After singing "Happy Birthday," a cake adorned with the face of Ginsburg was cut into slices and served among those celebrating. 

The festivities were attended by people of all ages. A group holding posters congratulating and praising Ginsburg was seen at the event, while lines were made to sign her birthday card — a card, that according to a staff member of the Brooklyn borough president, "will be delivered from Brooklyn to D.C. to the 'Notorious RBG.'"

"She has done, for women, so very much," Judge Connie Mallafre Melendez, who attended the event, said. "She's a native of Brooklyn and she depicts everything that Brooklyn women are all about and we are here to celebrate her."

The Daily News reports Adams first made his pitch to have the municipal building named after the Brooklyn-born Ginsburg in September.

A petition calling for the municipal building to be renamed has already surpassed 90,000 signatures as of Friday. 

So far, Mayor de Blasio has not endorsed the measure. A spokesman for City Hall says the administration is reviewing Adams' proposal.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Supreme Court says Ginsburg is aware of the proposal and is "honored." 

Earlier this week, The NYPD sent a hate crimes unit to investigate slur-ridden graffiti scrawled on a Brooklyn subway station poster of Ginsburg. "DIE" in all capital letters is scrawled in black marker across Ginsburg's forehead on the poster; "JEW" was written over her glasses, followed by another slur and a swastika over her mouth.

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