Astor Place

Mosaic Man Revamps NYPD Tribute Pole in Astor Place

Posted September 12, 2017 at 5:17 am

Jim “Mosaic Man” Power just revamped his NYPD tribute pole in Astor Place (aka “in the line of duty”). The legendary local artist has been raising funds for months to help complete the final pieces of his “Mosaic Trail” restoration project. We happened upon the Mosaic Man last Friday as he glued an assortment of shards […]

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MUD Coffee Returned to Astor Place this Week with Astor Plate Kiosk

Last modified July 21, 2017 at 8:03 am

With years of construction upgrades finally in the rearview, the redesigned Astor Place just brought more food options to the area. And with familiar faces. MUD Coffee (sans truck) made its return this week as part of a new snack stand by Perry Mallas called Astor Plate. The Village Alliance, the business improvement district behind […]

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Cirque du Soleil Acquires the Blue Man Group for ‘Tens of Millions’

Last modified July 13, 2017 at 10:45 am

Independent off-Broadway theater sustained a major hit last week. The Blue Man Group – founded on the Lower East Side nearly 30 years ago – was gobbled up by Cirque du Soleil. The two entities agreed on a deal reportedly worth “tens of millions,” with the “mutual aim of expanding Blue Man’s reach beyond its […]

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Dedication of Restored ‘Mosaic Trail’ Light Poles in Astor Place Delayed Until Thursday

Posted November 29, 2016 at 9:39 am

For Jim Power, the culmination of his fight to keep his accomplished “Mosaic Trail” passing through Astor Place will have to wait a couple more days. Inclement weather today and tomorrow forced the Village Alliance business improvement district to postpone the dedication ceremony until Thursday afternoon at 4:30pm. Yet another hurdle that proves it wasn’t an […]

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Seven ‘Mosaic Trail’ Light Poles Reinstated Around the Reconfigured Astor Place

Posted November 21, 2016 at 5:00 am

Last week was a busy one in the reconfigured (nay, sanitized) Astor Place. The pedestrian plaza is officially “reopened” after two years under the knife, and the Alamo Cube is again spinning. The final component to complete the trifecta – Jim Power’s Mosaic Trail light poles – is also in place. Seven of the Mosaic […]

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After 2 Years of Restoration, the Astor Place Alamo Cube is Spinning Again

Posted November 17, 2016 at 5:11 am

And with the snip of the scissors, nearly seven years of traffic hinderance and headaches are gone, albeit ceremonially. Indeed, the $16 million Astor Place/Cooper Square Reconstruction Project – a Bloomberg-era vision to transform the East Village – is finally complete. Its official inauguration was yesterday during a ribbon-cutting ceremony with local officials for the […]

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Expect to See Mosaic Man’s Restored Light Poles in Redesigned Astor Place Come August [PHOTOS]

Posted June 13, 2016 at 5:12 am

When the redesigned Astor Place is christened in September – an event more than ten years and $16 million in the making, by the way – part of Jim Power’s beloved “Mosaic Trail” will be restored along with it. As previously reported, the city saw fit to return ten of the artful ornaments after their […]

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Redesigned Astor Place Inaugural Set for September [PHOTOS]

Posted May 13, 2016 at 5:00 am

After nearly a decade of construction, roadwork, and headaches, the newly-designed Astor Place is starting to open up. Piecemeal. And a date has been set for the official ribbon cutting. The $16 million overhaul is more than six years in the making, yet still four months from actual completion. Updates include new drainage and curb system at […]

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A Tribe Called Quest Kickin’ it in Astor Place, Circa 1990 [VIDEO]

Posted March 28, 2016 at 9:36 am

You’ve no doubt seen the sad news that founding member of A Tribe Called Quest, Phife Dawg, passed away last week. The Queens native, 45, succumbed to complications arising from his years-long battle with Type I diabetes. He had a kidney transplant in 2008. Seemed like a good time to reminisce about the time the […]

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The Struggle to Reinstate Jim Power’s Iconic ‘Mosaic Trail’ in Newly Configured Astor Place

Posted February 9, 2016 at 9:22 am

With the Astor Place redesign entering its final phase of development, the famed “Mosaic Trail” is also poised for its comeback. The plans are to re-incorporate Jim Power’s ten existing light poles into the new design as decorative installations (i.e. not powered). But the preservation process carries its own complications. You’ll recall that the tiled […]

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