Lower East Side Lenin Gets Sunflowers in Support of Ukraine
The Lenin statue atop a Lower East Side tenement continues to support Ukraine.
With arm outstretched, the 13-foot bronze relief now holds a bouquet of sunflowers, presumably another message of support for Ukraine in the wake of the Russian invasion.
It’s not the first time in recent weeks that Vladimir Lenin held flowers, either. That’s in addition to the nighttime light projection of the Ukrainian flag.
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.
Since then, though, the building has been sold, painted white, the Red Square moniker retired, and the statue relocated in June 2017 to a rooftop behind Remedy Diner on Norfolk Street.