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PATIENCE, FORTITUDE RESTORED AFTER 93 YEARS

A pair of famous New York faces recently underwent face lifts and chin-tucks to restore their youthful luster.

The two-week makeover tightened things up on Fortitude and Patience, the twin pink marble lions positioned outside the New York Public Library for the last 93 years. The lion kings of the urban jungle needed the work after decades of pigeon droppings, winter weather and climbing kids.

Thursday, library President Paul LeClerc unveiled the spruced-up lions, which had been caged in steel scaffolding during the project.

The two aristrocratic-appearing lions with intriguing Mona Lisa-esque smiles were named Fortitude, on the northside, and Patience, on the south, by New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia during the Great Depression in urging New Yorkers to tough out the hard times.

Photo on Picture Page, C8.

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