Infamous LES Lenin Statue Covered in Ukrainian Colors

Posted on: March 7th, 2022 at 5:05 am by

Photo: @nicolebamber

A local symbol of Red Square, now bathed in yellow and blue. The Ukrainian flag.

Seeing the statue of Vladimir Lenin, long a skyline feature along East Houston Street, donning the colors is no doubt a statement of solidarity with the Ukrainians. For the last several days, two-toned spotlights have projected the flag onto the sculpture.

As previously noted, the Lenin statue was originally commissioned by the communist U.S.S.R., but with the state’s dissolution in 1989, it was no longer wanted. That same year, the “Red Square” development was built by developers Michael Shaoul and  Michael Rosen at 250 East Houston. When asked why he named the property Red Square, Mr. Shaoul explained that it was ”related to changes in Eastern Europe.” Rosen and Shaoul reportedly found the statue of Lenin trashed in a backyard just outside Moscow, and installed it New York five years later.

When Lenin moved, June 2017

Since then, though, the building has been sold, painted white, the Red Square moniker discarded, and the statue relocated in June 2017 to a rooftop behind Remedy Diner on Norfolk Street.

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