When a large wooden cross appeared chained to a gate on Gay Street in New York’s Greenwich Village on Good Friday, the street’s residents got out their rainbow paint.
The cross’ owner returned over the next week to chain the cross to different parts of the street, but the locals decided to come together to transform the symbol into one of love.
Last Sunday, they painted the cross in the colors of the rainbow flag, changed the locks, and named it “The Love Cross.”
Gay Street resident Micah Latter explained to The Huffington Post: “To be honest, I’m a Christian, and the cross means, love, peace and hope.
“It was clear the owner of this cross did not share those values.
He told the Huffington Post his attempts to get the authorities to move it were unsuccessful, so the residents of Gay Street made a decision.
“Neighbors and strangers came together… all approaching the meaning of the cross with different personal views, yet we all shared the same love and support for the community that we bonded over,” he said.
“For two hours on a Sunday, it was just random strangers, tourists, straight couples, gay couples, kids and neighbors spreading love, painting rainbows on a cross, getting to know our neighbors, and drinking champagne on Gay Street.
“It was a magical NYC evening!”
And to the cross’ original owner, Micah and the other Gay Street residents have this message: “Sorry you can’t move the cross anymore… The Love Cross belongs to the street now, so thank you!”
Check out the residents’ handiwork below:
Story goes like this: 9 days ago an enormous cross showed up chained and locked to my apt gate. The mysterious owner of the cross has the key and moves it around my street (which happens to be Gay St). Confused by the mute point this stranger was trying to make with a cross on Gay street, my neighbors & I decided to turn the cross into a Love Cross. Strangers, family, friends, dogs, neighbors & random tourist all stopped to paint, drink champagne in the street and celebrate the cross that symbolizes love in the neighborhood. Plot twist: we added our own lock to the chained cross and superglued both key holes. #GayStreet #westvillage #LoveCross ???????
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