The city's monuments commission held its final public hearing Tuesday morning.
Like at previous hearings, people voiced their opinion on the city's controversial statues.
Tuesday's hearing on Staten Island was better attended than the four other ones held earlier this month, and former Republican mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis was also there.
All city monuments are up for discussion, but the fate of one monument in particular continues to get the most attention:
"Christopher Columbus represents more than a granite statue standing in Central Park; he represents our history, the origin of the Italian-American in New York, in the United States," one hearing attendee said at Staten Island Borough Hall in St. George. "We've come from abject poverty in Italy to this wonderful country called America.”
Commission officials said more than two thousand people have made their voices heard online.
It will issue its final recommendations on so-called "symbols of hate" in the coming weeks.
Mayor Bill de Blasio created the commission after violent protests erupted in Virginia over Confederate statues.
"This commission has served to alienate many Italian-Americans. Many feel it is an attempt to discredit Italian-Americans by revising history to suit modern day political agendas," said one New Yorker.
"The statues we erect are to enshrine and honor the best of us. Unforunately, many of our heroes did terrible things and they are a part of our history, but only one part. What we need to do is tell the full story, and there are so many that have been forgotten or purposely surpressed," noted another New Yorker.