Wednesday, September 14, 2016

[Updated] Cube return countdown at Astor Place

As we first noted yesterday, workers will be re-installing the Alamo on Astor Place at some point today... looks as if it's really happening this time...


Updated 10 a.m.
AARRGH...


Previously on EV Grieve:
There goes The Alamo

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sylvester the Cat: What's in the box? What's in the box? Ohhhh, I just gotta know!!!

Giovanni said...

It's so nice that they turned the cube into a cardboard box, just in case any rent stabilized tenant who gets evicted by their greedy landlord needs a place to stay.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see it back in place. But people...get it right...it is not the Cube. It is the "Alamo", an outdoor sculpture by Bernard (Tony) Rosenthal. Installed in 1967 as part of the "Sculpture and the Environment" organized by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cube was one of 25 temporary art installations that were intended to remain for a six-month period, however local residents successfully petitioned the city to keep the Alamo. - this info is from Wikipedia.

NOTORIOUS said...

#liars

Anonymous said...

So? It's a cube. Seen one, seen them all. Waste of money.

Anonymous said...

This redevelopment has been nothing but one big logistical issue so why should reinstalling the Alamo be any different?

Anonymous said...

it might be called the Alamo as an artwork, but many neighborhood people called it the Cube, for decades. what's the big deal in calling it that anyway?

@10:01 you're being pedantic with your wiki "finds".

Giovanni said...

@10:01 Am It's been called the Cube for decades, because that's what everyone calls it now. Even your Wikpedia cut and paste job calls it the Cube, and that is hilarious.

Anonymous said...

I bet they drop it and put a dent in it.

Anonymous said...

Bad idea to hire Samuel Beckett Contracting for the job.

Tom Stir said...

SHOULD BE CALLED THE RUBICS CUBE SINCE A BUNCH OF RUBES CAN NOT FIGURE OUT HOW TO PUT IT BACK TOGETHER

HAHAHAHAHAAA WHAT A PATHETIC JOKE THE ASTOR DISASTER ROLLS ON AND ON AND,,,,????

Gojira said...

Logistical issue = "We misplaced it somewhere in the Raiders of the Lost Ark warehouse, and figure to find it some time around 2311. Stay tuned."

Sarah said...

Guys, I think they lost it!

Anonymous said...

UPS says they can't find it. Does anyone have the tracking number?

Anonymous said...

"THEY CAN'T FIGURE OUT HOW TO PUT IT BACK TOGETHER, HAW!"

All that from the words 'logistical issues'....

Could it just maybe instead have *something* to do with the fact that they're in the midst of excavating and reconstructing Lafayette between Astor and 8th Steets?

Do any of you geniuses actually ever get out of your houses?





Anonymous said...

@2:54 PM If that's the case then that's even worse because whoever is in charge of this sh*t show REALLY doesn't know how to coordinate. Anything. Of course we've been aware of this since day one in 1882 when this project first began.

But if you can offer any insight into whey they installed, then ripped up, then reinstalled an entire median island on 3rd Avenue, we're all ears.

Gojira said...

Oh for God's sake, Anon. 2:54 PM, buy yourself a sense of humor, stat.

Tom Stir said...

Yes we do get out of our apartments
AND we don't need to be a genius to
Not like what we see!!!!!!HeHAWduh?

Anonymous said...

OMG , a complex multi-year construction project involving multiple complete street replacements and plaza reconfigurations in a high-traffic area of NYC, *didn't always go according to plan*? HELL ANYONE COULD DO BETTER THAN THESE FOOLS, WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY AND WHY HAS THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON SINCE 1882!

...says every hysterical old pearl-clutching East Village crank here, reliably.

Please, do complain to the workers and engineers on the job site. Tell them what f*ck-ups they've been, what a 'disaster' the new work is. Just please let me know when, so I can be there to see their reply.


FWIW: construction was scheduled to start in Sept 2013. Work was announced to take approximately 2 years, in practice it's taken approximately 3, and it's just about done.


Anonymous said...

Take your Adderall. They're pouring concrete over existing roads and dropping in a few toad stools so you no longer have to fester in your dorm room all day. Wow. So complex. The Empire State Building was completed in less time.

NOTORIOUS said...

Countdown to the 'ol "if you don't like boondoggle construction projects you should moooove" retort.

Anonymous said...

Why has this taken so long? The same reason that Houston street is perpetually fucked up. So the unions can pick the city's pocket. Skyscrapers go up in less time.

Anonymous said...

The designer of this plaza is WXY Studios, which has way too many plaza projects just like this that are way behind schedule. They have one on 24th St between 1st and 2nd Ave near the new SVA dorm that has been dragging on forever. The new SVA
dorm went up in less time than the plaza design which is already in its second year and probably will take another year to finish. The community boards and the City need to be more involved to make sure these public spaces get reopened without all these delays.