Community board says statue doesn't lack “Civic Virtue”
by Lisa A. Fraser
Mar 29, 2011 | 5243 views | 0 0 comments | 87 87 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Triumph of Civic Virtue statue which stands prominently at Union Turnpike and Queens Boulevard in Kew Gardens caused an uproar last month when Congressman Anthony Weiner and Councilwoman Julissa Fererras stood beneath it and called for its removal, deeming it sexist.

But while Weiner and Ferreras call the statue misogynistic, local community members and officials don't find a problem with it. Community Board 9 has been actively calling for the statue to be restored for some time now, and at their March board meeting they heard from a few outspoken community members in favor of the statue.

“To me this is like a tyrannic government exiling a poet or a writer because the tyrant doesn't particularly enjoy their work,” said Glen Urbanis, an architect who backs CB9's efforts to restore the statue.

According to CB9 chair Ivan Mrakovcic, over 80 percent of residents are in favor of leaving the statue where it is. At the meeting, the board voted to pass a resolution calling for the restoration of the statue.

“The collective negligence over the past 25 years by the city of New York's Parks Department is so much more than a simple dereliction of beauty, it's a betrayal of trust and total breach of public integrity,” said Richard Iritano, an art history major who is staunch opposer of Weiner's view.

“When I think of the simplicity of making minor and marginal repairs when they were initially required back then, it angers me because they were so cost-effective to repair,” he added.

Two attempts have been made by Weiner to sell the statue on Criagslist. Both were unsuccessful and resulted in the post being flagged for removal.

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