Quest for Ruth: Beep wants Downtown building named for Justice Ginsburg

New name: Borough President Adams wants Downtown's Municipal Building renamed after Ginsburg.
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He’s down with RBG!

Brooklyn’s Municipal Building on Joralemon Street could soon bear the name of Kings County’s own born-and-bred U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, if Mayor DeBlasio signs off on the renaming recently requested by Borough President Adams.

The beep penned a letter to Hizzoner on Sept. 20 asking him to use his executive power to christen Downtown’s stately, columned structure across the street from Borough Hall for the second female justice to join the country’s top court in order to honor the 85-year-old while she is still writing opinions on the bench, he said.

“In an era where popular culture puts performing artists and sports stars on a public pedestal, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has risen to incredible levels of iconic admiration and love,” Adams’s missive read. “Society often waits to recognize a lifetime of accomplishment until after that lifetime ends. In this case, we can honor the life and service of Ruth Bader Ginsburg during what we hope will be a long and active remaining life.”

Ginsburg — whose life provided the inspiration for two films this year, the documentary “RBG” and the forthcoming drama “On the Basis of Sex” — began her journey to the Supreme Court bench in her native Flatbush, where Adams said her childhood as the daughter of Jewish immigrants is a “quintessen­tial New York story.”

She went on to study at James Madison High School, where Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders also got his diploma, before graduating from Cornell University and then Columbia University Law School, where she was first in her class.

And following her time in school, Ginsburg went on to co-found the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union early in her legal career.

The octogenarian known to don gloves and intricate collars with her robes has become a national sensation in her time on the court, earning a recurring “Saturday Night Live” portrayal by Kate McKinnon and such loving nicknames as “Notorious RBG,” and after celebrating her 25th year on the bench in August, the time is ripe to recognize her heroism and leadership, according to the beep.

“She has been a trailblazer and hero to many,” he wrote in his letter. “She rose to the apex of her profession, staying true to her ideals and principles.”

Adams’s proposal, for which he also created an online petition that by the afternoon of Sept. 28 collected more than 500 signatures after launching two days earlier, comes amid a growing controversy surrounding the Supreme Court and President Trump’s nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh — whom multiple women have accused of sexual assault — to fill its vacant seat.

Hizzoner is reviewing the request, which a slew of Brooklyn Heights pols and local leaders including state Sen. Brian Kavanagh, Councilman Stephen Levin, and Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon also signed, according to a spokeswoman, who said Ginsburg’s is the quintessential public service success story and should be honored.

“There’s no question that Justice Ginsburg’s life and her legacy of public service epitomizes the very best of what makes New York great,” said Marcy Miranda.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
The honorable: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, seen here in a rare out-of-robe appearance.
Updated 5:18 pm, October 3, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
More liberal lunacy. They just can’t help but squander tax dollars on the more irrelevant things and people possible. RBG will be retired to the dustbin of history after she tires of being one of two or three dissenting voices on every Supreme Court decision. Actually, now would be a perfect time for her to retire but it doesn’t even matter anymore.
Sept. 28, 2018, 6:52 pm
Ms. Me from Bay Ridge says:
Would this be proposed if she was a Christian conservative? Doubt it.
Sept. 29, 2018, 8:32 am
Scott from PPW says:
Is everyone in Bay Ridge a dullard? Must be something in their water supply.
Sept. 29, 2018, 8:37 am
Ms. Me from Bay Ridge says:
Attacked but didn't answer the question. My IQ is 126.
Sept. 29, 2018, 11:08 am
Scott from PPW says:
Correction, a dullard & a snowflake.
Sept. 29, 2018, 11:31 am
HONEY Pooter from Williamsburg says:
Scott - don’t listen to these DULLARDS!!! There just intimidated because Ruth Baby Ginsburg is a WOMAN!! They hate intelligent WOMAN!! I suffer this all the time. Don’t hate me because I’m a smart, Independent woman who don’t need no MAN !!
Sept. 29, 2018, 11:54 am
Lateesha from Park Slope says:
HONEY - don’t think this “Scott” is your friend. He is a WHITE MIDDLE AGED MAN! Not truely a progressive at all.
Sept. 29, 2018, 2:25 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
It wouldn't matter of it does get named for her, because most people won't even be using that name anyway just like every other building or bridge that was named for someone important.
Sept. 29, 2018, 2:27 pm
Margaux from Kensington says:
@Ms. Me from Bay Ridge, Do you mean a nice christian conservative with a mild temperament like Kavanaugh? LOL
Sept. 29, 2018, 2:36 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
It wouldn't matter of it does get named for her, because most people won't even be using that name anyway just like every other building or bridge that was named for someone important.
Sept. 29, 2018, 2:37 pm
Henny Williams says:
Rude Baby BigBird
Sept. 29, 2018, 4:19 pm
Henny Williams says:
That’s her real name
Sept. 29, 2018, 4:20 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Henny Williams, I'm also a MENSA member also.
Sept. 29, 2018, 4:41 pm
Samantha from Brooklyn Heights says:
Is she dead?
Sept. 30, 2018, 9:13 am
Name the building: says:
Juice Bather Ginsing
Sept. 30, 2018, 10:48 am
Humplington Buhtt from Bushwick says:
Name this funky-azz building after her or someone! In this era where popular culture puts performing artists and sports stars on a public pedestal, it’s time to name a building.
Sept. 30, 2018, 12:35 pm
Old time Brooklyn from Slope says:
Nice idea
Sept. 30, 2018, 4:56 pm
Frank from Bay Ridge says:
How about naming it after Ruth Buzzi.
Oct. 1, 2018, 11:07 am
Jim from Cobble Hill. says:
Stop re-naming things! ...I don't like change! A friend of mine from outta town said the were once gonna take the Hue Carey Tunnel and I had no idea what the fuuck they were talking about. Build something new if you wanna name it something new.
Oct. 1, 2018, 11:39 am
Leroy from First Houses says:
Bad luck to name it after the living.
Oct. 1, 2018, 3:44 pm
Sparkle from Bay Ridge says:
Why can’t we name the building for Eric Idle?
Oct. 1, 2018, 8:12 pm
Homey from Crooklyn says:
Why do people like euphemisms so much? Why say progressive when you want to say commie?
Oct. 2, 2018, 3:23 pm
Offended says:
And by “commie” you mean jews, Homey? Should call yourself Hitler instead, because you’re just like the leader of the Nazis. Adolf Hitler.
Oct. 6, 2018, 11:55 am

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