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Statue causing a lot of controversy

December 7, 2012 3:00:11 PM PST
It's an old statue, nothing great to look at but apparently with enough sentimental value for some folks in Queens, there's anger over it being moved to another location.

It's called Civic Virtue and it is a statue that was made in 1922. The statue is in bad shape so the city's moving it to a cemetery in Brooklyn.

The statue was moved to this spot 70 years ago from City Hall because Mayor Laguardia hated it and said he didn't like looking at its backside.

The statue has never been very popular because it shows a man stepping on two things; vice and corruption. Well those two things in this statute are depicted as women below his feet. And some people think that's awfully sexist.

But it's being moved not because of sexism, but for preservation.

Councilman Peter Vallone is so angry about the move; he's hosting a rally Saturday morning. Vallone is the same councilman opposed to naming the Queensboro Bridge in honor of Ed Koch.

"You know the statue is not the most beautiful statue but it's a nice statue, it is the only statue we have here in queens," Vallone said.

Even a lot of women want the statue to stay right here despite its brutal look.

"You look at all the Roman art and Greek art and it shows a lot of that. Are we going to completely rule that out? No. Appreciate the art for what it is." Yvette Bronner, a Queens resident said.

For now, the statue's cordoned off and locked up and preparing for the move. It could happen as early as next week.

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