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Vallone wants statue kept in Kew Gardens

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A controversial Borough Hall statue that some have labeled as sexist might be moved from Queens to Brooklyn, according to an Astoria councilman who would rather the stone structure stay firmly planted in place.

City Councilman Peter Vallone (D-Astoria) spoke to the Department of Citywide Administrative Services about “The Triumph of Civic Virtue,” a statue looming large over Queens Boulevard in Kew Gardens, asking them to restore the neglected sculpture.

The statue, depicting a nude man personifying civic virtue standing over the two sisters of vice and corruption, has stood outside Borough Hall since the 1940s after Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia moved it from City Hall, where it supposedly offended him.

“I was told by the administration that they intend to move the state to a private cemetery in Brooklyn,” Vallone said. “This statue belongs to us and it should be restored to its former glory.”

According to Vallone, DCAS plans to transfer the statue to Green-Wood Cemetery, where descendants of the statue’s sculptor, Frederick MacMonnies, are buried. And although DCAS denies that its plans are set in stone, Vallone said he was told on numerous occasions by the administration that the statue is not long for Queens.

DCAS released a statement last week saying “the city is looking into options that preserve the sculpture and best serve the community.”

Criticism of the statue from the LaGuardia days crossed the river right along with it, as former Borough President Claire Shulman tried to get it moved and former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner called the statue “offensive” to women — prior to his sexting scandal.

Dismissing the complaints of some about the theme of the statue, Vallone said “people need to lighten up.” The councilman said the statue portrays mythology and anyone who thinks it is sexist must also think all of the classic statues of Greek mythology are anti-women.

“It depicts virtue triumphing over vice and corruption,” said Vallone. “And present-day government could learn a lot from that.”

Vallone said the bias against the statue is precisely what has allowed it to decay for all these years, a condition which affects Queens at large.

“You cannot even imagine a statue in Central Park being allowed to decay like this and then be given up to a private location on permanent loan,” he said.

Borough President Helen Marshall said if the statue is moved, she would like to see it replaced with a public plaza and sitting area honoring a woman or women from Queens.

“The statue of Civic Virtue has been an on-and-off-again controversy almost since the time it was unveiled 90 years ago at City Hall,” Marshall said. “While recognized and embraced as a work of art by a renowned sculptor, its depiction of the male Civic Virtue towering over females depicted as vice and corruption was not.”

Reach reporter Steve Mosco by e-mail at smosco@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4546.

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JOHNBATTISTALEONE@YAHOO.ES from KEW GARDENS NY says:
I, JOHN BATTISTALEONE, HIGHLY SUPPORT THE IDEA OF THE CIVIC STATUE TO STAY, REMAIN IN
KEW GARDENS, NEW YORK.

WHY?? BECAUSE IT BELONGS HERE, IT'S PART OF
HISTORY. THERE IS NOTHING SEXIST ABOUT THE
CIVIC STATUE. THE STORY IS BEING OVERLY
EXAGGERATED.

YOU WANT PROOF:
LOOK CLOSELY AT THE STATUE...
THE MAN IS NOT STANDING ON WOMEN.
NO!! NO. NO!!! THE MAN IS LOOKED AT AS
A MAN OF LAW AND MIGHT.

THE CITY JUST WANTS THE STATUE OUT OF
KEW GARDENS WITHOUT HAVING A VOTE
ON THE TOWN'S PEOPLE FOR, FOR THE
CIVIC STATUE BELONGS IN KEW GARDENS.
THE STATUE IS OF KEW GARDENS PROPERTY.
I LIKE, BREW-UP WITH THE STATUE AS A
CHILD. YOU WOULD BE TAKING AWAY MY
RIGHT AS A CHILD, IF I WOULD BE.

YOU SENSELESS LEADERS OF NEW YORK CITY,
YOU WANT TO TAKE THE CIVIC STATUE OF YOUR
OWN LIKINGS, THEN HAVE A STATUE AT HAND
READY TO BE PLACED IN IT'S PLACE BEFORE
TAKING THE CIVIC STATUE OUT TO BROOKLYN.

COUNSEL-MAN: THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE
AND THERE IS SOMETHING THAT SMELL BEHIND
THIS. IT'S A COVER-UP STORY THAT IS WHY YOU WANT THE STATUE OUT OF KEW GARDENS.

YOU DIRTY RATS. AN IDIOT CAN SMELL YOUR FILTH/DIRTY/TRASH AND SCUMMY WORKS, YOUR ACT.

STORY: JOHN BATTISTA LEONE,
CITIZEN OF KEW GARDENS, N. Y.
............... LEAVE THE CIVIC STATUE ALONE!!!
Dec. 13, 2012, 1:12 am
JOHNBATTISTALEONE@YAHOO.ES from KEW GARDENS NY says:
I, HIGHLY SUPPORT THE IDEA OF THE CIVIC STATUE TO STAY, LIVE IN
KEW GARDENS, 11415.

WHY? IT BELONGS HERE, IT'S PART OF
HISTORY. THERE IS NOTHING SEXIST ABOUT
THE CIVIC STATUE. THE STORY IS BEING
OVERLY EXAGGERATED.

PROOF IS WHAT YOU WANT:
LOOK INTENSELY AT THE STATUE >>>
THE MAN IS NOT CRUSHING ONTO WOMEN.
NO. NO WAY!! THE MAN IS SEEN AS
A MAN OF LAW AND MIGHT ( A SUPERMAN ).

CITY OFFICIALS JUST WANTS THE STATUE OUT
OF KEW GARDENS WITHOUT HAVING A VOTE
BY THE CITIZENS OF KEW GARDENS. FOR THE
CIVIC STATUE BELONGS AT ZIP-CODE 11415.
THIS CIVI STATUE IS PROPERTY OF KEW GARDENS, 11415.

I LIKE, GREW-UP WITH THE STATUE AS A
CHILD. YOU WOULD BE TAKING AWAY MY
RIGHT AS A CHILD AND THOSE THAT LEAVE
HERE. IT'S OUR VOTE, OUR WORD, OUR
SAYING. OUR CHOICE.

SENSELESS LEADERS OF NEW YORK CITY,
SHOW THE REAL WORKS OF DEMOCRACY.
YOU WANT TO TAKE THE CIVIC STATUE OF YOUR
OWN LIKINGS THEN HAVE A STATUE AT HAND,
READY TO BE INSTALLED IN IT'S PLACE BEFORE
TAKING THE CIVIC STATUE OUT TO BROOKLYN.
THAT WOULD BE THE MANLY THING TO DO.

COUNSEL-MAN:
"THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE."
AND THERE IS SOMETHING THAT SMELL BEHIND
THIS. IT'S A COVER-UP STORY THAT IS WHY YOU WANT THE STATUE OUT OF KEW GARDENS.

YOU DIRTY RATS. AN IDIOT CAN SMELL YOUR FILTH/DIRTY/TRASH AND SCUMMY WORKS, YOUR ACT.

STORY: JOHN BATTISTA LEONE,
CITIZEN OF KEW GARDENS, N. Y.
............... LEAVE THE CIVIC STATUE ALONE!!!
Dec. 13, 2012, 1:34 am
JOHNBATTISTALEONE@YAHOO.ES from KEW GARDENS NY says:
DEAR CITY THIEFS OF THE CIVIC STATUE, 11415

"STEELING CANDY FROM A BABY."

FIND BETTER STATUES TO TAKE-AWAY, STEEL.

THE POST OFFICE OF 3RD AVENUE AND 54
STREET, NEW YORK, NY, HAS BETTER STATUES
WAITING FOR YOU. THE THING IS THAT THEY
ARE UGLY AND HAVE BEEN MADE ESPECIALLY
FOR YOU.

LEAVE THE STATUE ALONE FOR IT IS PART OF
HISTORY AND IT BELONGS IN KEW GARDENS,
NEW YORK, 11415.

DO US A FAVOR AND GO AND WALK SOMEWHERE ELSE.

SHOW SOME CLASS, ACT OF DEMOCRACY:

HAVE US TOWN'S PEOPLE TO CAST OUR
VOTES BEFORE YOU STEEL THE CIVIC STATUE
AWAY FROM OUR OWN FRONT-YARD.

COUNSEL-MAN: THERE IS SOMETHING VERY
FISHY ABOUT THIS. SO MANY YEAR OF THE
CIVIC STATUE BEING HERE, 11415, AND NOW
YOU WANT TO TAKE IT AWAY.

MISTER MAYOR: >> SOMETHING IS VERY
SMELLY, VERY FISHY IN HERE????

WISE GUYS, HAVE A PAINFUL DEATH.

VERY SINCERELY,
JOHNBATTISTALEONE,
.............. CITIZEN TO KEW GARDENS, 11415

ARE WE IN THE END OF TIME$$$$???
Dec. 13, 2012, 1:45 am
JOHNBATTISTALEONE@YAHOO.ES from KEW GARDENS NY says:
THERE ARE CHILDREN THAT ARE UNWANTED
IN HEAVEN.

AND THERE ARE CHILDREN THAT HELL COULD
NOT HAVE THE WANTS OR NEED OF.

THIS TWO (2) CHARACTERS ARE WITH NO
THOUGHT:

MRS. CLAIRE SHULMAN
AND
MR. ANTHONY WEINER

THIS TWO WOULD NOT BE WANTED BY ANY
PARTS OF DESTINY.

ONE THING THAT COULD BE DONE.
>> GREAT IDEA >> GIVE PEACE A CHANCE. HEARD
THAT ONE BEFORE???? HAPPY HOLIDAYS.

THANKING THE PUBLIC,
JOHNBATTISTALEONE,
................... MAYOR TO BE
Dec. 13, 2012, 1:55 am

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