We were going to go around and take photos of Queens monuments that are known to be in decrepit condition this weekend, but thankfully, venturing out in this chilly weather was not required. The Parks Department has been good enough to chronicle them for us:
Alfred J. Kennedy Memorial Flagstaff
Flanders Field Flagstaff
Peter Chapetto Flagstaff
Rev. Matthew J. Crosson Tablet
Weeping Beech Tree Landmark Plaque
Wilbur E. Colyer Square
Whiting Square Memorial
Peeling paint, graffiti, cracks? No problem. The Parks Department loves them just the way they are. So much so that they photographed them in that condition and posted them on their website so the world can see how NYC treats both its public art and the memory of its heroes. (Maybe someone can explain why the photo of the last one is of a big rock and the description says its a comfort station in the Bronx...)
Photo from NYC Parks website.
The inscription is just a touch of Parks Dept's subtle humor: It wants to claim it was New Yorks first "Crapper". It was to be named the "Bronx Crapper".
And, it is a takeoff on Parks' official motto regarding responsibility: "Piss in it!"
Adrian Benepe needs to learn Photoshop.
Pretty darn sad that the Parks Department would put photos of these monuments in this condition on their website. But at least it honestly shows how they take care of our parks.
I propose a monument for the first dog bite victim resulting from Benape's relaxing of the leash law in public parks!
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