Statue commemorating explorer doused with red paint as Italian Heritage Day celebrations took place nearby.
In the more than 80 years since Columbus Day became an official holiday, it has drawn criticism. Some cities and states are opting to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples' Day instead.
While men and women largely agreed, when it was broken down by political affiliation, students had very different opinions.
"How is Columbus Day a holiday but Election Day not?" Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
Advocates argued that Columbus celebrations whitewashed the explorer's true legacy.
The New York Stock Exchange will be open but most banks won't be.
There were a few "blah blah blahs" thrown in for good measure.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio greeted with boos and hecklers at the Columbus Day parade Monday.
The president's message was very different from Barack Obama's proclamation.
Christopher Columbus's approval ratings are high despite his reputation.
The motion also makes "Italian Heritage Day" an official holiday on October 12.