The corten steel cube, created by artist Tony Rosenthal, was removed in 2014
Rejoice, New Yorkers, for one of the city’s most iconic pieces of public art has finally returned to its rightful place. The Department of Design and Construction confirmed to Curbed that Alamo—better known as the Astor Place Cube—is currently being reinstalled as we speak. Astor Place’s official Twitter account has also been excitedly tweeting the news—with photos!—so we’re pretty sure it’s for real this time.
To briefly recap the Cube’s history: It was created by artist Tony Rosenthal and installed at the center of Astor Place’s busy intersection in 1967. The movable sculpture quickly became a gathering place for the gutter punks, college kids, and other misfits who’ve historically called the East Village home.
Alas, the Cube was removed from its spot in 2014 in order to facilitate the renovation of the public space, including the addition of seating and more pedestrian plazas. Its safe return was erroneously reported a few times this summer, but it looks like it’s really happening now—and per the DDC, it’s as good as new. Hooray!
Guess who's finally back and good as new! The Astor Place Cube! pic.twitter.com/ZDAxKZ2ZAI— NYC DDC (@NYCDDC) November 1, 2016
Breaking News! The Cube is back!!The Cube is back!!The Cube is back!!The Cube is back!!The Cube is back!!The Cube is back!! pic.twitter.com/vUl7lUjX9u— Astor Place NYC (@AstorPlaceNYC) November 1, 2016
A beautiful sight!! Welcome home!! pic.twitter.com/m58hFOnx27— Astor Place NYC (@AstorPlaceNYC) November 1, 2016