It sure seems like “Civic Virtue” can’t catch a break. The statue, which sits in a park on the border between Forest Hills and Kew Gardens, has been a virtual magnet for everything from political scorn to pigeon droppings.
City officials have installed a device that emits a loud, screeching cry intermittently in an attempt to keep pigeons from landing — and doing a few other things — on the statue.
According to the paper, the device was installed in January and produces sound on multiple frequencies, some audible to humans, some only for the birds.
So far, however, the device seems to have had little to no effect on the pigeons.
Last year, Civic Virtue became a lightning rod for controversy when Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras andThey also argued that the city was not doing its due diligence to preserve the statue anyway.
Opponents of the removal said the statue was a depiction of mythology and that the women depicted are not actually women, but serpents in disguise.
The statue used to stand in front of Manhattan’s City Hall, but was removed in the early 20th Century.
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