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Katz seeks change for former statue site

Renamed ‘Queens Tribute to Women’

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Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 1:47 am, Thu Feb 13, 2014.

It is the Civic Virtue statue site no more.

Borough President Melinda Katz is in the process of organizing a meeting between Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills), the Department of Citywide Administrative Services and herself to discuss the renovation of the location, and the area has a new name, according to Katz spokesman Michael Scholl.

“The borough president wants the site to now be called the ‘Queens Tribute to Women Plaza,’” Scholl said. “We know it’s difficult to change the way people think of it, so we might as well start early.”

Following in the footsteps of former Borough President Helen Marshall and Koslowitz, Katz wishes to see a pedestrian plaza dedicated to influential Queens women erected at the site of the former statue, which now resides in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.

Scholl says there is no specific date for the meeting, but that it will happen in the near future.

“We think it will be soon, but we can’t say exactly how soon just yet,” he said. “She wants quick action and she wants to get people thinking differently about the site now that the statue is gone.”

The “Triumph of Civic Virtue” statue, which Koslowitz and others perceived as sexist, was removed in December 2012, angering some area activists.

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