UPDATE: 'Civic Virtue' Could Move To Brooklyn

Marshall wants to see current site honor notable Queens women.

UPDATE, Thurs. 10:25 a.m.: Richard Moylan, president of Green-Wood Cemetery, issued a statement correcting reports that the statue's move was set in stone.

"Green-Wood Cemetery has offered to be the permanent home for Civic Virtue," Moylan said. "While we have had discussions with City officials, nothing has been confirmed at this point in time.”

In a continuation of a century-spanning game of hot potato, the controversial statue that until recently sat in a plaza on Queens Boulevard, will be moved permanently to Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.

The statue's original home was in the plaza in front of City Hall, in Manhattan, for nearly 20 years. Famously despised by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, it moved to Queens in 1941, where it has been ever since.

It has drawn criticism from some elected officials in the city in the past for a Historians have said that the statue is not sexist, as the women portrayed in the sculpture are serpents that have taken human form.

Earlier this summer, .

In a statement on Wednesday afternoon, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall had a few ideas on the future of the site.

"I am grateful and glad that Civic Virtue will be restored, but disappointed that the restoration will not take place at the current site and that the statue will not be returned to Queens from Brooklyn’s Greenwood Cemetery," Marshall said. "Informal discussions have already taken place about the future of the site. It is my desire and my wish to create a public plaza and sitting area that will honor a woman or women from Queens. It will be a lasting memorial to the role that women have played in the course of our pursuit of equality, growth and progress."

Stephen Melnick July 19, 2012 at 10:29 AM
So Marshall has the funds to create a new memorial plaza but no funds to renovate Civic Virtue. Like a thief in the night....
Matthew Hampton July 19, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Hi Stephen, Marshall's office actually mentioned that the new memorial idea was just that, and still in the very early conversational stages. So nothing has been funded yet.
Judy Close July 20, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Why not approach Maple Grove Cemetery, in Kew Gardens, not far from Civic Virtue's former spot, about moving it there--if it, indeed, "must" be moved at all? Why a cemetery all the way over in Windsor Terrace Bklyn?
Curmudgeon July 25, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Um, folks, check your facts. I drove by there yesterday and Civic Virtue was still sitting there, though it's fenced in now. My vote would be to leave it the hell alone!
LR October 21, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Find out how YOU can help keep the statue in Queens and help it get restored! http://triumphofcivicvirtue.org


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