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Queens Rallies Against Civic Virtue Move

Residents stick up for statue scheduled to move this week.

Queens residents rallied over the weekend to protest the pending move of "The Triumph of Civic Virtue," a statue that can't seem to escape controversy no matter where it stands.

The statue, according to a story in Windsor Terrace-Kensington Patch, is scheduled to be moved this week to Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.

It has been a lightning-rod for controversy in the past, drawing ire for depicting a man standing astride two female figures. 

Defenders of the statue say it is an important piece of city art, and that the females in the statue are intended to be serpents representing "vice and corruption" which have taken human form.

A rally on Saturday garnered some attention, according to the New York Post, including City Councilman Peter Vallone, who is one of few Queens leaders sticking up for the statue.

Others, like Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, have said they'd rather see the statue moved and replaced with a monument to important women of Queens.

A "Triumph of Civic Virtue" advocacy group has sprung up, hoping to prevent the move by citing a city charter ruling saying the statue move should be preceeded by a public hearing. 

What do you think? Should it stay or should it go? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Carl Harbart December 10, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Is there anything I can do to support the idea of not moving the statue? We certainly do not have too many statues/art along our main boulevard. I doubt that there is a problem of this statue causing traffic interference . Sincerely, Carl Harbart
Ginia December 10, 2012 at 10:41 PM
That statue has been there since I was a child. All of a sudden we don't want it? Who made this judgment call without asking the people who live here? The work is well done and fits the times...Everything doesn't have to fit common thinking "now"..or all the works in the museums would be dumped. Ginia Shaknis
Ni December 12, 2012 at 02:19 AM
It's official...we will never live in a PC enough world for everyone. I'm SO tired of this! Ginia, I also remember seeing that statue as a child and despite not understanding what it was of, thought it was pretty, especially when the trees nearby were in bloom. That statue is what, a century old? It's representative of Renaissance art, where, shockingly, women were often portrayed in less then favorable light. If the view is to remove it because it's offensive, then I guess someone is heading to Italy to rid the country of all the statues and other works of art that were done in the past? And should we ban the Bible as well? Women are referred to as prostitutes in there! Heaven forbid! Bottom line, there's always something that’s going to offend someone. Deal with it. it's not hurting anyone. Stop griping about this and do something that will actually help the community. Take the money set aside for this and fix the terrible driving road that is Queens Blvd (please....I can't afford a 3rd muffler). donate it to Hurricane Sandy relief. Anything other than this incessant whining! Grow up already!
Marina December 19, 2012 at 10:51 PM
WELL SAID, NI. TIS A SHAME THAT THIS SCULPTURE WAS LEFT TO DETERIORATE DUE TO EXPLANATION OF "NO MONEY" VIS A VIS THE VAST AMOUNTS OF WASTE IN OUR GOVT. AND WHY NO HEARING FOR OUR TAX PAYING CITIZENS, HUGH??? THE ROAD CONDITION OF OUR QUEENS BLVD. IS THE CHALLENGE TO NAVIGATE, PARTICULARLY FOR OUR SENIORS, AND ANYONE WHO IS PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED. THE ASPHAULT HAS SUNK WHICH PRODUCED HILLS AND VALLEYS CAUSINGE OUR NEIGHBORS TO EITHER TRIP OR FALL OVER THE UNEVEN ROAD. OH, LET'S INCLUDE THE POTHOLES. PAY ATTENTION, PLEASE. I

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