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NYC - Civic Center - New York County Courthouse - Authority

When city officials decided in 1961 to widen the traffic lanes on Centre Street by narrowing the sidewalk, an elaborate entrance to the Hall of Records and Surrogate's Court building had to go. The stairs vanished, but not the two statues that flanked them: Philip Martiny's Justice and Authority turned up in the sculpture niches on the portico of the New York County Courthouse on Foley Square.


Although the small scale of the statues had made sense at the Hall of Records, it seemed that the Lilliputians were camping out on the doorstep of the Brobdingnagians at the courthouse, a problem that was mercifully rectified in 1997. With the coming of the new United States Court House east of the county courthouse, a pleasant plaza has been created between Pearl and Worth Streets where Justice and Authority reside at an appropriate scale.


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Taken on February 2, 2008