[Image via the Village Alliance]
After being in safekeeping the past 19 months, Astor Place's centerpiece — the Alamo — will return for re-installation on Wednesday.
This welcome news comes courtesy of the weekly Astor Place Construction bulletin (PDF) issued on Friday...
Note that the rain date is June 29. (The forecast does NOT call for any rain at the moment.)
Officials had been vague about an exact return date (June/early summer) until now.
Leading up to its return, the Village Alliance is holding a Creativity Cubed event at Astor Place through Tuesday.
Per the event notice:
Alamo Cube fans, young and old, will have the opportunity to craft and design their very own mini spinning Alamo Cube, and create new memories and stories for the future.
Visit Creativity Cubed today, Astor Place. Make your own spinning Alamo Cube & see the Strangers Project. FREE event pic.twitter.com/GjlPUwW0wl— Astor Place NYC (@AstorPlaceNYC) June 19, 2016
The return might come as a relief to some (parody accounts)...
First person to make a life size reproduction wins and it will go on permanent display as I lost the original. https://t.co/j9IQYp6tT6— Amanda Burden-Christ (@A_Burden_Christ) June 18, 2016
As you know, the area around the cube has been undergoing a reconstruction these past few years. No word on when it will all be officially complete.
And the Alamo won't be the only familiar installation to return. BoweryBoogie reported on June 13 that part of Jim Power’s “Mosaic Trail” will also return to Astor Place later this summer.
Workers packed up and carted off the Alamo for safekeeping for the duration of the reconstruction back on Nov. 25, 2014. The cube was installed here in 1967.
The Parks Department is now saying that the Alamo won't return until August. Per amNY:
Although there were fliers posted in the Village that gave a June 22 date for the art piece’s re-installation, the agency said it is being inspected by a conservator for final preparation.
“NYC Parks has historically contributed its expertise to the upkeep of the Cube,” Parks spokeswoman Maeri Ferguson said in a statement.
Previously on EV Grieve:
The Alamo returns to Astor Place this Halloween
Five years later, Astor Place apparently ready for its 2-year reconstruction project
This is what it might be like living inside the Alamo on Astor Place
RIP Tony Rosenthal, the sculptor who created the Astor Place cube