The Manhattan Municipal Building is now officially the David N. Dinkins building.
Officials gathered in front of 1 Centre St. in lower Manhattan on Thursday morning to commemorate the renaming of the 40-story structure after the city’s 106th mayor.
Joined by his wife, the 88-year-old former mayor gave thanks to those at the event for their work inside the building that still hosts various government employees and elected leaders.
“I’m honored to stand with you today as stewards of progressive and effective government in a building that has stood strong and tall for the people’s business for more than a century,” Dinkins told the crowd.
New York City’s first black mayor, Dinkins also gave praise to Mayor Bill de Blasio, who worked in City Hall during Dinkins’ tenure. The sitting mayor was just as effusive about his predecessor and former boss.
“One thing we love about David Norman Dinkins is his profound decency, his goodness, his commitment to others,” de Blasio said. “It always inspired us. It always moved us.”
First lady Chirlane McCray, who met de Blasio when she worked for Dinkins as a speechwriter, held back tears as she celebrated the former mayor.
“His joy in lifting up all New Yorkers — especially those who have been left behind — was contagious,” McCray said. “And I was so proud to work for him.”