Day 268

Civic Virtue Triumphant Over Unrighteousness

September 23rd, 2012



Despite protests from women's groups, this sexist-ish statue was installed in City Hall Park in 1922. It survived there for 19 years before getting the boot, much to the delight of Mayor La Guardia, who had reportedly grown tired of looking at its bare buttocks. It has stood outside Queens Borough Hall ever since, enduring occasional fits of withering criticism — including a 2011 attack by that renowned defender of women, Anthony Weiner. It now looks like the statue's days in Queens may be numbered, however: Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery has expressed interest in restoring Mr. Virtue and providing him with a more welcoming home.

One Comment

  1. Gigi says:

    This is now surrounded by a chain-link fence, I can see it at the back part of your pic. I think the fence was erected earlier this year. Where are the pigeons? Usually, when I pass by this sculpture, those birds are all over. It looks good in spring, though, as there are lots of magnolia trees around it.

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