Astor Place redesign

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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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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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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Jim ‘Mosaic Man’ Power Suffered Head Injury from Scooter Accident Last Week

Posted March 2, 2015 at 9:44 am

  Jim “Mosaic Man” Power is on the mend after a scary accident last week. The disabled local artisan was on his mobility scooter when it flipped. He banged his head pretty badly and wound up in the hospital. “It was pretty frozen outside and I went to get out of the scooter,” Power notes. Apparently […]

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Historic ‘Mosaic Trail’ Light Poles Will Be Reinstated in Newly Configured Astor Place

Posted December 1, 2014 at 6:08 am

Looks like the community is organizing to ensure the life work of local artist Jim Power – the historic “Mosaic Trail” – remains an integral cultural component of the East Village. In particular, the battered section currently under construction for the Astor Place redesign (no, this is not Midtown South). Many of the tiled light […]

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Alamo Cube is Cordoned Off as Roadwork Reaches Astor Place

Last modified February 13, 2015 at 12:04 am

Much to the chagrin of skaters (and East Village residents), the iconic Astor Place cube is now cordoned off. Barricades were shipped to the site over the weekend to establish the perimeter. Of course, this latest is part of the overall plan to redesign Astor Place and its Cooper Square neighbor to the south. The $16 […]

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Clayton’s Corner: Fighting for a Dying Astor Place [VIDEO]

Posted October 3, 2014 at 9:25 am

“[The Astor Place redesign] is a moral issue … this is a fight … we have to win this.” -Jim Power The Astor Place redesign will eliminate the cultural fabric of the neighborhood, and further contribute to the death of downtown. This is the overall theme of a new mini-documentary that Clayton Patterson sends our […]

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Astor Place Redesign Makes a Mess of Cooper Square [PHOTOS]

Last modified February 13, 2015 at 12:08 am

Cooper Square is a mess. More so than usual, as the “big dig” here has begun. Just last month, the statue of a sedentary Peter Cooper was boxed up while renovations on his eponymous block proceeded (the plywood is already tagged). Teardown of the twin forks of Cooper Square followed shortly thereafter, and the area is now […]

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