Fearless Girl statue

New York's Fearless Girl statue to stay on till March 2018

Bill de Blasio said the relevant municipal agencies had backed the idea.

The bronze Fearless Girl statue was placed on 8 March to draw attention to gender inequality and the pay gap in the corporate world.

The statue - which has become an instant tourist draw - had been due to be removed on Sunday.

Appearing next to the 4ft-tall (1.21m) statue in Manhattan on Monday, Mr de Blazio said it "means so much to the people of New York".