Astor Place

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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Stop Calling the East Village ‘Midtown South’

Posted March 31, 2014 at 10:15 am

There are many who believe that the SPURA Essex Crossing development will be the death of Lower East Side. Not entirely true. What about the real estate industry rebranding (nay, redefining) our borders as an extension of midtown? Yes, it’s very real, and it’s happening for sure. If a recent overheard conversation is any indication, that “Midtown […]

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Jerry Delakas Wins; Beloved Astor Place Newsstand Will Reopen

Posted January 14, 2014 at 6:03 am

David beat the ousted Goliath of Manhattan. By now you’ve likely read the news that Jerry Delakas’ beloved newsstand will remain in Astor Place for the foreseeable future. Mayor de Blasio reversed the stance of his predecessor by intervening on behalf of the vendor. And a community is grateful. The gate to his Cemusa box […]

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Jerry Delakas Delivers Model Newsstand to Mayor de Blasio at Gracie Mansion

Posted January 7, 2014 at 6:06 am

You may or may not be following the epic saga of Jerry Delakas and his embattled Astor Place newsstand. The short version of the story is that the 64-year-old Greek immigrant has been operating outside the Starbucks there since 1988. Technically, the vendor license is not under his name, but that of the woman whose […]

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DCA Issues Summons to Longtime Astor Place Newsstand Guy Jerry Delakas

Posted October 14, 2013 at 6:09 am

Forever squeezing the life outta the neighborhood, the Bloomberg administration certainly has a hard-on about ridding Astor Place of its longtime newsstand. Jerry Delakas has been operating outside the current Starbucks building since 1988; a quarter-century. However, the vendor license is technically not under his name, but the woman whose dying wish was to bequeath […]

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‘Full House’ Reveals NYC Subway in San Francisco [VIDEO]

Posted September 25, 2013 at 11:04 am

Ruminations that would’ve made more sense twenty years ago: The early-nineties show Full House took place in San Francisco… For some reason, that subway baby Michelle Tanner is referring to is of the New York City vintage, speeding through the Astor Place/Cooper Union station with ease. The public transit system in San Francisco is known […]

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Report: David Barton Let Go from David Barton Gyms

Last modified September 9, 2013 at 7:39 am

Six years ago, books vanished completely from Astor Place as Chelsea vet David Barton shelled out a cool $8 million to convert part of the former Barnes & Noble building into one of his upscale fitness clubs. That expansion was part of the reason the company assumed such crazy debt. In 2011, the gym’s parent […]

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Mosaic Man’s FDNY 9/11 Tribute Pole Removed from Astor Place

Posted August 19, 2013 at 6:00 am

With the Astor Place redesign already in play, elements of the former streetscape are vanishing.

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