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    agreed. A water feature is a good suggestion.

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    Let's hope so.


    Will the Mosaic Man’s Art Survive the Astor Place Redesign?

    July 29, 2014 By Nicole Disser


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    We received an urgent message in our inbox this morning from Jim “Mosaic Man” Power informing us that some of his public artwork is threatened by the Astor Place redevelopment project that’s currently underway.

    D.O.T. AND THE VILLAGE ALLIANCE.ORK PLAN TYO REMOVE ALL THE MOSAICS LIGHT POLES FOR THE RE DESIGN…AND THE TOP OF ST MARKS PL TOO,” he wrote, imploring the e-mail’s recipients to protest to the Village Alliance and to contribute funds to his work. (Not the first time the Mosaic Man has issued a cry for help.)


    (Photo: Nicole Disser)

    Power’s mosaics, which the neighborhood legend began installing around 1985, are scattered about the East Village. But the 3-D street art pieces are highly concentrated along the stretch of Eighth Street betwixt Third Avenue and Lafayette, which also happens to be the very Bermuda Triangle of city planning that is on its way to either beautification or sterilization– only time will tell.


    (Photo: Nicole Disser)

    Neither the Department of Transportation nor a representative from the Department of Design and Construction (the agency managing the project under the auspices of the DOT) returned our emails and calls today, leaving us to speak with the Village Alliance, one community organization that’s contributing to project oversight. Terri Howell, the Business and Community Services Manager at Village Alliance, said she feels as if her organization is being “targeted” unfairly. “We’re really working hand in hand with DOT to make sure [the mosaics] are preserved.”

    Howell was adamant that she’s spoken with Jim Powers personally and assured him that his mosaics would not be destroyed. “They are going to be saved,” she explained. “But they have to be removed, and how they go back– that’s another issue.”

    http://bedfordandbowery.com/2014/07/...ace-redesign/#

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    Was the Alamo still actually spinable (or only with an army of volunteer helpers )?


    The Astor Place Cube Is Getting Boxed Up

    By Daniel Maurer


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    Remember the Alamo — because it’s going away for a while.



    Plywood started going up around the everyone’s favorite cube this morning, as the Astor Place Reconstruction moves forward. A worker on site said the cube won’t be completely boxed up, as the Peter Stuyvesant statue has been over in Cooper Triangle. But this is definitely a bummer. Now if you want to spin the cube, you’ll have to visit its twin in Ann Arbor, Michigan.



    Workers on site, one of whom was inspecting a gaping hole in the ground, didn’t know how long the cube would remain protected against nearby construction.



    According to the city’s latest reconstruction newsletter, next steps include the installation of pavers and curbs in Cooper Triangle, removal of the traffic islands along Cooper Square, where road excavation has already begun; and the installation of a sewer main at Fourth Avenue and East Eighth Street.

    And here, courtesy of architects WXY, is what Alamo Plaza will look like when the project is complete. There will be “opportunities for cafe seating,” according to the designer’s site.


    Rendering: WXY Studio

    http://bedfordandbowery.com/2014/10/...ting-boxed-up/

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    Was the Alamo still actually spinable (or only with an army of volunteer helpers )?
    I seem to remember spinning it (or more like moving it - it wasn't exactly friction free) a few times.

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    Not much to see. Most of the work is underground. But there are steel curb liners at the site.







    One visible sign is the existing park.


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    Astor Place's Long-Awaited Makeover Is Progressing

    April 8, 2015, by Jessica Dailey



    The overhaul of Astor Place and Cooper Square started in 2013 (five years after it was first announced), and if things go smoothly, work should wrap up next winter, but Bedford + Bowery reports that work seems to have stalled. The Department of Design and Construction is evidently waiting on some approvals from the MTA to construction near the Astor Place subway stop.

    But progress is noticeable. Alamo Plaza, where the Astor Place cube sits (well, not at the moment), holds a lot of construction materials, and according to the latest update from DDC, this area will have its sidewalks torn up in the coming weeks. Further south, Peter Cooper is no longer boxed up, and his eponymous triangle has the curving paths depicted in renderings. New sidewalks will be installed here and in the new Village Plaza this spring, and both areas will be prepped for landscaping.






    Village Plaza rendering, looking north on Cooper Square


    Cooper Triangle Park


    Cooper Triangle Park


    Alamo Plaza, as seen from the 51 Astor Place


    The future subway plaza, with raised flower beds, additional seating, and wider sidewalks.


    Looking north in the Astor Place subway plaza


    Overview of the subway plaza


    Site plan

    Peter Cooper Is Back, But When Will the Astor Place Cube Return? [B+B]

    http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2015/0...rogressing.php

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