The Beauty of New York

comes in what you stumble upon during your daily lives.

You just never know what may inspire you to take that photo. This week, there was a news report about this statue. Turns out it was a stone’s throw away from where my daughter dances. So yesterday, I decided to go in search of it..  I conquered my fear of being run over on the Boulevard of Death aka Queens Boulevard.

The decaying marble statue that sits at Union Turnpike and Queens Blvd. in Kew Gardens was crafted almost 100 years ago with the loftiest of intentions.

A strapping young man, molded in the classical form, is the personification of Civic Virtue, triumphant over the twin sirens of Vice and Corruption.

The statue is owned by the city, so it falls under the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, which manages city-owned buildings and property. But Parks Department officials said they have been charged with caring for it over the years.

Parks officials said a proper cleaning and repair would cost “tens of thousand of dollars.”