Tonight Mayor Bill de Blasio joined a menorah relighting in Manhattan’s Carl Schurz Park. The menorah, initially lit last night for the first night of Hanukkah, was vandalized overnight. Mayor de Blasio joined rabbis from Chabad-Lubavitch of the Upper East Side and Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, Council Member Ben Kallos, Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright and a crowd of about 200 people in a non-traditional relighting ceremony, intended as a public display of defiance to the vandalism. The park is adjacent to the Mayor’s official residence, with the menorah about two blocks from his door.
After brief remarks from the hosts and Mayor de Blasio, the candles were lit. The evening concluded with the mayor joining other men (but no women) in a dance: