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    10.16.15 Manhattan Municipal Building Renamed for David Dinkins ’56
    Mayor David Dinkins

    At a ceremony held Oct. 15, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio officially renamed the Manhattan Municipal Building for former Mayor David Dinkins ’56 in honor of his service to the city. The building at 1 Centre Street is now called the David N. Dinkins Municipal Building.

    “He’s left an indelible impact on this city,” said de Blasio. “We are so grateful for Mayor Dinkins’ decades of public service and everything he’s done to ensure a stronger, safer city. I can’t think of a more fitting tribute than to rename the Municipal Building, where he spent 14 years of his career, in his honor.”

    Mayor Dinkins’ storied career in public service began in 1966 when he was elected to the New York State Assembly. He was president of the New York City Board of Elections, and served as City Clerk for 10 years before his elections as President of the Borough of Manhattan in 1985 and 106th Mayor of the City of New York in 1989.

    As Mayor, Mr. Dinkins was responsible for the establishment of numerous widely heralded cultural staples such as Fashion Week, Restaurant Week, and Broadway on Broadway. His administration initiated the revitalization of Times Square and secured an unprecedented deal to keep the U.S. Open Tennis Championships in New York for the next 99 years. This arrangement generates more annual financial benefits to the city than the Yankees, Mets, Knicks, and Rangers combined. Mayor Dinkins also instituted “Safe Streets, Safe City: Cops and Kids,” a comprehensive criminal justice plan for reducing crime and expanding opportunities for the children of New York.

    The Municipal Building renaming is one of many numerous awards and accolades Mayor Dinkins has received throughout his career. In June 2015, he was honored at the  Salute to Icons Brooklyn Law School gala on Ellis Island as one of the extraordinary individuals who has helped to build the Law School’s enduring legacy.

    Read The New York Times coverage of the ceremony.