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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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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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Mosaic Man Embeds Lightpole Tribute to 2nd Avenue Explosion

Last modified April 1, 2016 at 9:00 am

Last Saturday was the first anniversary of the Second Avenue Explosion. To mark the occasion, local Councilwoman Rosie Mendez held a press conference outside the now-vacant lot. It was an opportunity for a moment of silence and also to announce the package of nine bills in City Council that call for tougher measures to prevent […]

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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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Clayton’s Corner: Catching up with LES Collectors, Treasure Hunters, and Vendor Barkers [PHOTOS]

Posted December 17, 2015 at 5:10 am

​Nathan is a fixture on the corner of East Houston and Orchard Street. He is the eyes and ears of the block. If it happens there, Nathan knows all about it… …Jerry Foust is a local artist who lives wherever and paints where he can. A true do-or-die artist. I first met Jerry in the […]

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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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