From the Daily News:
In the constellation of today's teen idols, a muckraking photojournalist from Queens at the turn of the 20th century doesn't resonate perhaps as much as athletes or movie stars.
But try telling that to an enterprising group of students at Immaculate Conception School in Jamaica Estates.
When they found out that a statue of their hero, Jacob Riis, had been missing for more than 40 years from the Far Rockaway park where it was first displayed in 1940, they decided to do something about it.
Several classes of Aquinas Honor Society members have been working to replace the bust that was stolen from Jacob Riis Park in 1964.
"The rumor is that it was taken as a prom night prank," said park ranger Lincoln Hallowell. "Then, it was basically forgotten."
The middle school students have commissioned Brooklyn artist David Ostro to re-create the bust. It will be unveiled at a ceremony on Saturday.
(P.S. Riis Park is not in Far Rockaway.)