NYC finalizing plans to move Wall Street Bull statue

NYC finalizing plans to move Wall Street Bull statue

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 08: The "Charging Bull" statue stands in lower Manhattan on November 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — New York City says it's finalizing plans to relocate Wall Street's famous "Charging Bull" statue.

A spokeswoman for Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio tells The Wall Street Journal that the bull will be placed in a new location somewhere near the New York Stock Exchange.

Jane Meyer says the move is being made "to protect the safety of New Yorkers."

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Last month, climate protesters doused the bull with fake blood. In September, a man bashed it with a toy metal banjo.

The sculptor, Arturo Di Modica, opposes moving the bull from its home on a traffic island.

In 2017, State Street Global Advisors commissioned another bronze sculpture, "Fearless Girl," to face the bull. It was relocated last December to a spot outside the stock exchange after officials cited traffic hazards.