Sunday, February 26, 2017

[Updated] Someone tagged the cube on Astor Place



This happened sometime Saturday night or Sunday morning.

Someone also tagged the structure that will house Astor Plate...



The reaction...


The refurbished Alamo was officially unveiled on Nov. 16 after nearly two years away during the Astor Place-Cooper Square reconstruction.

Updated 5:30 p.m.

28 comments:

Eden Bee said...

Coooooooooool....

Anonymous said...

Mindless graffitti on any property is unacceptable.

Anonymous said...

If that's supposed to say "Impeach Trump" these guys need to work on their penmanship

Anonymous said...

Know-nothing vandalism. Don't like this piece of art? Make your own, then. NOT cool.

Anonymous said...

"Imagine" was the best cube tag. These days the taggers are on a minimum of 8 surveillance feeds given the location.

Anonymous said...

Like dogs on a fire hydrant.

- East Villager

Donnie Moder said...

Horrendous. Should have tagged the Deathstar, not a fun peice of art that anyone is invited to spin ariund.

Anonymous said...

With all the changes made to Astor Place does this mean that there are no surveillance cameras? Should there be? Is this needed not just to protect Alamo against this offense but also for public safety? Perhaps Rosie M. should want the money she has gotten to go for cameras instead of lowering the fences in TSP?

Anonymous said...

Thanks to Bloomberg and DeBlasio graffitti is allowed to thrive in NYC after Guliani all but eliminated it.

Anonymous said...

anon 10:09
I believe the Parks Dept- not Rosie -wants to lower the playground fences. I think she's try to renovate the playground. Community meeting for that is tonight at 6:30 at Saint Brigid Church, 119 Ave B.

Anonymous said...

@8:34 some of us like graffiti and wish there was more of it. Shit like this is all just part of getting up.

Anonymous said...

I am not a pro-gratliffi person but I think I prefer it on public property over private property. Now that Astor place is a corporate playground to lease for events like that "Game of Thrones" thing last year the city can use that money to maintain its sterility.

Anonymous said...

Okay @8.34: invite graffiti artists to tag the building where you live--the outside and the inside if you want to live with "art" not of your choosing. "Getting up" to what?

Giovanni said...

I generally like graffiti when it's of an artistic nature, but this just makes me sick. This toy tagger obviously knew that these were surfaces that should not be tagged, and that's why he did it: to be a vandal. To angrily or foolishly destroy things that he could not possibly create with his own two untalented hands. This is pure vandalism. I hope they catch him and send him a bill for $100,000 or however much this costs to clean up. Banksy he is not.

NOTORIOUS said...

Hmmm... Does that read Burden-Christ?

Anonymous said...

To those of you who like grafitti - insurance companies charge you higher premiums if your property is constantly tagged up and landlords are forced to repaint this stuff all the time. If you have a landmarked building you have to get permission from the city as to what type of paint and what color you can use to do this which in turn causes your rent to go up. How you like that grafitti now?

Fipper said...

Oh brother, so mindful grafitti would be ok?

Anonymous said...

Given that the cube was appropriated, is this just desserts?

Gojira said...

That Astor Plate - thing - looks like a rusty dumpster. Am I really supposed to be drawn to the concept of eating food from it? If I were a freegan it would be fine, but someone actually expects foodies to pony up dough for the privilege of possibly catching lockjaw from this fine dining establishment? No thanks. Or, oh wait, is this supposed to be some kind of edgy nod to the old, "gritty" East Village of yore that will allow the sheeple patronizing it to feel like they are edgy and flirting with danger? If so, that makes it even more noxious.

Anonymous said...

Odd that when it's people's homes and businesses that get tagged with graffiti, nobody bats an eye. Some stupid cube get tagged, and now people get emotional.

Anonymous said...

If you live in the East Vllaand you hate graffiti, then you must really hate living in the EV because graffiti
Is everywhere.

Tag This said...

How is anyone on this blog supposed to know when your home gets tagged? And how is it our responsibility to do anything about it? This is one of the most admired works of public art in the city. Of course people are upset. But don't even try to compare this to some tag on your stoop or roll down gates. That's just ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

Yo dickhead at 4:38pm, real taggers not sad sacks of shit like these two, never, ever hit The Cube, it was an unwritten rule.

Taggers should track down these two herbs and beat their asses in.

Anonymous said...

That rusty box serves food? Ugh. Graffiti all you want.

But The Alamo? Bad form.

Tag This said...

@8:28 The Cube has been tagged by script kiddies and toy taggers forever. Check this out from 2006. You just might want to reconsider whose head most resembles a dick. Hint: go find a mirror.

The Villager: Kids graffiti Astor cube and get collared by police

Joey Blau said...

Huh... most of the pictures on this blog show graffiti. Never a complaint except myself. Stores and stoops with nasty ass tags crusted with dirt.. so cry me a river over a cube and a box.

Someone should throw half eaten chicken wings and rice all around it to have it fit in better.

Anonymous said...

The graffiti is still everywhere (like on every building's roll-down gate), and it's an eyesore and one thing I won't miss about the East Village.

Anonymous said...

Obviously, several of the above posters are responsible for some of the spray paint pollution in our neighborhood. Whether or not you think graffiti is art, the arts are to be enjoyed by those who invite it and wish to enmesh themselves in it. Many people view tattoos as art. Shall we invite people to inject ink in people as they stand in front of their apartments? Why is it okay to do the same to their building without their consent? Everyone here has an immense sense of indignation so long as others bear the burdens of what they thing important.