Confederate-like designs to be removed from NYC subway wall

Confederate-like designs to be removed from NYC subway wall

Confederate-like designs to be removed from NYC subway wall

They've been there for almost a century - benign tiles laid out in a red, white, blue and green pattern - but now, they're coming down because they look like something else.

The MTA is changing tile work inside the Times Square subway station that some argue looks very similar to the Confederate flag, though the agency insists the design has a completely different meaning.

They put up lil' Confederate flags in subway stations to honor the owner of... the New York Times. MTA officials said the tiles represent Times Square's nickname as the "Crossroads of the World" and are not Confederate flags, WNYW reported.

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Following the demonstration, which resulted in the death of a 32-year-old woman and dozens of injuries, leaders in NY - like those across the country - have sprung into action, announcing a flurry of moves that take aim at Confederate memorials.

The decision comes amid local and national outrage over a white supremacist rally held in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, that spurred the removal of several Confederate memorials in New York City. On Thursday, plaques related to Robert E. Lee were taken down from outside a church in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. So far, the Army has resisted.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday that the city will undergo a 90-day review of "all symbols of hate on city property".

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Cuomo of NY asked the acting secretary of the Army to change the names of two streets at the Fort Hamilton Army base in Brooklyn that are named after Southern generals. "There are many great Americans, many of them New Yorkers worthy of a spot in this great hall".

Nonetheless, he said the MTA would be changing the tile work anyway so that it doesn't continue to confuse subway riders.

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