Friday, December 14, 2012

Now That It's Too Late, Queens Residents Mourn Eminent Loss of 'Fat Boy' Statue

Photo: Jim Henderson
Queens won't have Civic Virtue to kick around much longer. It's about to bid adieu to the statue, currently on display in Kew Gardens, derided by many as sexist and called "Fat Boy."

The deteriorating statue, which depicts a "muscle-bound young man (representing virtue) trampling upon two reclining young women (representing graft and corruption)" is being sent to Green-Wood Cemetery for repairs and renovation after being ignored for years in Queens.

While many Queens resident are are crying foul, "The fact is we don’t deserve to keep it," says an editorial in the Queens Chronicle.

"The main reason is that we let our officials allow it to all but fall apart over the years, and now it’s too late to do anything about it. Those who wanted it preserved should have demanded that funds be allocated for that years ago."

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