Work begins on ‘Black Lives Matter’ mural in front of Trump Tower

NEW YORK — Work has begun on a large Black Lives Matter mural directly in front of Trump Tower in New York City.

Streets are closed between 56th and 57th streets Thursday so workers could stencil the massive mural.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio grabbed a roller to paint in front of the namesake Manhattan tower of President Donald Trump.

He was flanked by his wife, Chirlane McCray, and the Rev. Al Sharpton as he helped paint the racial justice rallying cry in giant yellow letters on Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower.

The mural had been delayed a week due to “logistics” Mayor Bill de Blasio told WPIX.

President Donald Trump opposed the project on Twitter saying it will antagonize the police in New York City.

The street is expected to be closed for a few days until the work is completed.

Washington, D.C. was the first U.S. city to get a giant yellow “Black Lives Matter” mural when Mayor Muriel Bowser had it painted on the street leading to the White House. Bowser said the painting was intended to show solidarity with Americans outraged over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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