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3 donors step up to preserve Hicksville LIRR eagle

A 5,700-pound marble eagle perched outside the Hicksville

A 5,700-pound marble eagle perched outside the Hicksville LIRR station since 1965 has undergone a $5,000 face-lift. The eagle, whose beak had fallen off last year, was among 22 eagles placed on the façade of the original Pennsylvania Station before much of it was demolished in 1964 to make way for a new Madison Square Garden. (Aug. 31, 2010) Credit: Newsday / Bill Bleyer

A Newsday story about preservationists replacing the damaged beak of the marble eagle at the Hicksville Long Island Rail Road station noted that the organizers were trying to raise another $750 to spray a protective coating over the statue, which once stood at the famed Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan.

Three Newsday readers were inspired by the story, and each donated $750.

Jeff Kimmel, a Manhattan-based personal injury attorney and lifetime Hicksville resident, said the eagle's sentimental value drove him to donate.

"To be in Hicksville and to see something that beautiful really strikes a chord in me," he said.

Organizers used the $2,250 to add another coat of paint and the protective coating to the statue.

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