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Weiner, Women's Rights Groups Want To Sell Queens Public Statue

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A push to get rid of a long-time Queens landmark ignites heated debate.

Representative Anthony Weiner and women's rights groups say a statue in Kew Gardens is sexist and want it put up for sale on Craigslist.com.

The 20-feet tall marble sculpture, titled "Civic Virtue," shows a nude man named Virtue standing atop two women named Vice and Corruption.

Supporters say it is symbolic, but others say it degrades women.

"I believe in art, I believe in public art. That doesn't mean that we don't have the right to say, forcefully, some art is simply offensive to us, and we think should go," said Weiner.

"It's a representation, and that's what it is," said Community Board 9 District Manager MaryAnn Carey. "This should not be an issue, because it's a work of art."

"It should stay here, remain here as a symbol of pride and breathtaking art and beauty from the 20th century," said Kew Gardens resident Richard Iritano.

The decaying statue is also in need of a $20 million restoration, which Weiner says is too expensive.

It originally stood at City Hall, but was moved in 1941 at Mayor Fiorello La Guardia's request.

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