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This ceramic statue is among a number of (Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

This ceramic statue is among a number of similar figures placed in a small park along New Cassel's Prospect Avenue as part of a community beautification effort. Residents describe the statues as both cute and creepy. (June 28, 2013)

New Cassel statues called 'cute' and 'creepy'

More than a dozen lifelike figures created by sculptor David Byer-Tyre and based on area youths are being populated on Prospect Avenue, one of the hamlet's main thoroughfares. The hope, local leaders say, is to spark buzz about New Cassel, and eventually draw businesses and foot traffic.

A statue of a child's head sticks out
(Credit: Steven Sunshine)

A statue of a child's head sticks out of a wall near New Cassel's Prospect Avenue. The caricature is one of several figures erected as part of a community beautification effort. New Cassel residents describe the statues as both "cute" and "creepy." (June 28, 2013)

Lifelike figures created by sculptor David Byer-Tyre and
(Credit: Steven Sunshine)

Lifelike figures created by sculptor David Byer-Tyre and based on area youths are on New Cassel's Prospect Avenue, one of the hamlet’s main thoroughfares. A few, including this one, dot the small “Gateway” park at Prospect Avenue and Brush Hollow Road. (June 30, 2013)

These two ceramic statues were created by sculptor
(Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

These two ceramic statues were created by sculptor David Byer-Tyre and are based on area youths. They are in a small "Gateway" park at Prospect Avenue and Brush Hollow Road. (June 30, 2013)

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This ceramic statue is among a number of
(Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

This ceramic statue is among a number of similar figures placed in a small park along New Cassel's Prospect Avenue as part of a community beautification effort. Residents describe the statues as both cute and creepy. (June 28, 2013)

These two ceramic statues were created by sculptor
(Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

These two ceramic statues were created by sculptor David Byer-Tyre and are based on area youths. They are in a small "Gateway" park at Prospect Avenue and Brush Hollow Road. (June 30, 2013)

A ceramic statue created by sculptor David Byer-Tyre
(Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

A ceramic statue created by sculptor David Byer-Tyre is among a number of similar figures based on area youths that dot New Cassel's Prospect Avenue area as part of a community beatification effort. Local leaders hope the statues will create buzz and bring foot traffic. (June 30, 2013)

A ceramic statue created by sculptor David Byer-Tyre
(Credit: Steven Sunshine)

A ceramic statue created by sculptor David Byer-Tyre is among a number of similar figures based on area youths that local leaders hope will create buzz and bring foot traffic. (June 30, 2013)

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