Petition to Rename Brooklyn Building After Ruth Bader Ginsburg Signed By 100,000

A petition is calling upon New York City's mayor to rename one of Brooklyn's iconic government buildings in honor of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams set up the request, urging Mayor Bill de Blasio to rename Joralemon Street's Brooklyn Municipal Building after Justice Ginsburg. The petition has surpassed 100,000 signatures on the way to its 150,000 goal.

"Justice Ginsburg never let you forget she was a Brooklynite. We want—as Brooklynites—to let her know, as she looks down on us, that we will never forget what she has carried on for not only the city, but our entire country," a spokesman for Adams told Newsweek.

"We must demand that the Mayor of the city of New York no longer delay and put her name on the Brooklyn Municipal Building to show the respect of a legacy. It has taken too long."

Ginsburg died on Friday evening due to complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas at the age of 87.

A Brooklyn native, Justice Ginsburg grew up in Midwood and made history as the second female justice to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Georgetown University Law Center in February, 2020. Sarah Silbiger/Getty

Adams described the legal and cultural icon as a "daughter of Brooklyn," having led a life akin to a "quintessential New York story."

"Our country has lost a legal giant and trailblazer in Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg," Adams tweeted on Saturday.

"A daughter of Brooklyn, Justice Ginsburg spent her life advocating tirelessly for the rights of the vulnerable and marginalized in our society, including women, seniors, and the LGBTQ+ community."

The borough president went on to lead a rally outside the Brooklyn Municipal Building on Sunday, calling on the community to "pick up the baton" and "honor this daughter of Brooklyn for her lasting contributions to our country."

"We want to let Ruth Bader Ginsburg know, as she looks down on us, we will never forget what she's carried on for not only the city, but our entire country," Adams tweeted on the day.

Tagging Mayor de Blasio, he added: "Put her name on the Brooklyn Municipal Building. No more delay. It's taken too long."

The Brooklyn Municipal Building
The Brooklyn Municipal Building pictured after a mural reading 'Black Lives Matter' was painted on June 30, 2020. John Lamparski/Getty

Ginsburg made history as the second female justice to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, where she stayed for 27 years.

She was a staple in the legal fight for women's rights in the 1970s and was instrumental in launching the American Civil Liberties Union's Women's Rights Project in 1973.

Soon after her passing was announced, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo commemorated her life's work and dedication in a tweet.

"NY's heart breaks with the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg," he wrote.

"During her extraordinary career, this Brooklyn native broke barriers & the letter RBG took on new meaning - as battle cry & inspiration."

Cuomo later released an official statement, saying: "Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg selflessly pursued truth and justice in a world of division, giving voice to the voiceless and uplifting those who were pushed aside by forces of hate and indifference.

"As a lawyer, jurist, and professor, she redefined gender equity and civil rights and ensured America lived up to her founding ideals - she was a monumental figure of equality, and we can all agree that she deserves a monument in her honor."

He added: "While the family of New York mourns Justice Ginsburg's death, we remember proudly that she started her incredible journey right here in Brooklyn."

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called Ginsburg an "unparalleled hometown hero" and promised to begin plans for a Ruth Bader Ginsburg memorial.

Cuomo also announced on Saturday that a statue honoring the late Supreme Court justice will be placed in her native Brooklyn.

A commission is set to oversee the process and select an artist and a specific location for the memorial in the next few days.