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Kobe Bryant tributes spring up at Bryant Park and Times Square

Shaye Weaver
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Shaye Weaver

In true New York fashion, a tribute to the late Kobe Bryant went up inside the Bryant Park subway station seemingly overnight.

On Monday morning, commuters to the station came upon a sign that had been tweaked by a fan to read, "Kobe Bryant Park."

The gesture is similar to the one fans of Aretha Franklin made at the Franklin Avenue stop in Brooklyn when she passed away in 2018, which the MTA decided to keep.

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Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, died along with seven others on Sunday in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. 

Since then, numerous tributes have been spotted around the country and here in New York City, including at Madison Square Garden, which lit up in Lakers colors (purple and gold) and held a 24-second moment of silence before the Knicks game on Sunday night. 

On Monday morning, commuters also happened upon a giant digital billboard honoring Bryant with the words, "Mamba Forever." (Bryant co-founded the Mamba Sports Academy in 2018.)

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The Times Square Alliance on Monday afternoon posted a photo of an entire Times Square billboard in dedicated to Bryant. 

And on Monday night, the Empire State Building glowed purple and gold.

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