The barricades around the Wall Street bull are coming down, reports The New York Post.
The barriers were initially put up to stop Occupy Wall Street protesters from defacing the beast. But, arguing that they hurt tourism in the area, many called for them to be taken down.
Now, those brave voices will finally have some relief.
“We don’t need to destroy the appeal of a world-famous icon and symbol,” said Arthur Piccolo, chairman of the Bowling Green Association, a downtown community-activist group.”I’m happy and relieved. The bull is for the 99 per cent; it’s the bull for the people. Anyone who says the bull is for the 1 per cent is making a big mistake.”
The barricades will be replaced by two, 24-hour surveillance cameras ensuring the Bull’s safety without driving off visitors. This will please local business owners who have missed the traffic provided by tourists going to see the Bull.
That said, this obviously this calls for a celebration, so on Monday at noon locals will place flowers on the Bull and have a small party. They will also commemorate the first Italian Americans to come to New York.
We’re not sure how the two are related.