Sunday, March 29, 2020
Two local filmmakers, Adam and Jeff from Mogik, have been helping documentarian Clayton Patterson and artist Jim (the Mosaic Man) Power with errands during the coronavirus outbreak.
They decided to put together a documentary-style vlog to document the historical context of what is taking place now as well as assisting these legends of the Lower East Side... you can watch the nearly 8-minute video below...
The two are also currently working on a feature-length documentary about Jim Power.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Two Boots Pizza is marking its 32nd year in business this evening with a bash in the outpost on Avenue A at Third Street.
From 6-8 you'll find live music as well as samples of two new pizzas...
If you've walked by the space in recent days then you may have seen Jim Power working on his mosaic planters (the ones featuring sculptures by Melissa White) ...
The first Two Boots opened on June 24, 1987 at 37 Avenue A between Second Street and Third Street.
Friday, July 26, 2019
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Friday, August 10, 2018
[Photo by Steven from July 16]
A few weeks back, Steven ran into Jim Power, who was prepping a new mosaic in honor of McSorley's Old Ale House.
The mosaic is now in place on St. Mark's Place and Third Avenue ... looking ready for a full reveal...
Monday, July 16, 2018
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Jim Power created a tribute on one of his mosaic lightpoles on Astor Place to honor the late David Peel ... and there's a detail that the longtime East Village resident — known for his 1960s anthem "I Like Marijuana" — would likely appreciate...
Peel died on April 6. He was 73.
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Today's rainy forecast has prompted officials to postpone the dedication of Jim Power's mosaic poles at the reconstructed Astor Place from today to Thursday...
Via the EVG inbox...
Join us in Honoring Jim Power and Dedicating the Mosaic Poles at Astor Place
Thursday, Dec. 1, 4:30 pm
South Plaza, Astor Place
Celebrate the Astor Place Mosaic Trail light poles, honor artist Jim Power and recognize the dozens of private individuals and organizations who have made the restoration project possible.
After remarks by local advocates at the unveiling ceremony, Jim Power, will lead a tour of the restored Mosaic Poles, explaining the inspirations and stories of each. The event also highlights the continued fundraising needs in order to ensure the project is completed to Power's vision. For further event information click here.
You can read more about the return of the lamp posts at DNAinfo ... B + B ... and Untapped Cities.
To date, five of seven poles have been returned to Astor Place.
Previously on EV Grieve:
The first of Jim Power's restored mosaic light poles has returned to Astor Place
More Mosaic light poles arrive at Astor Place
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
[Photo by Steven]
This morning, two more of Jim Power’s Mosaic Trail light poles were reinstalled at the (not-yet-complete) redesigned Astor Place... seven poles are expected in the final redevelopment... (you can read more abut the pole-restoration project here).
Previously on EV Grieve:
The first of Jim Power's restored mosaic light poles has returned to Astor Place
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
[Photo via an EVG reader]
As we first reported on Sunday, The Alamo returns to Astor Place tomorrow. (The Parks Department now says the cube won't return until August. See below.)
Ahead of that, though, the first of Jim Power's mosaic lamp posts was just put in place today... ahead of the August date previously reported.
The city removed them in October 2014 to make way for the redesign of the Astor Place-Cooper Square area. There was talk that the poles would not come back, and Power even set out to destroy them himself.
As DNAinfo reported in May: "But after an outpouring of interest at community workshops, advocacy work from neighborhood groups, and an extensive petitioning process, the Mosaic Man’s art will live on in the plaza."
In total, seven of the light poles will again adorn Astor Place.
[Image via @AstorPlaceNYC]
Updated 2:45 p.m.
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.
Given that this is still a very active work zone, the pole has been wrapped in protective, uh, wrapping...
Monday, November 16, 2015
This past Friday, Shane Duffy, an Army veteran and co-owner of SD Squared, an NYC-based home renovation and design firm, teamed up with The Home Depot to transform the Pitt Street studio of Jim "The Mosaic Man" Power (and Jesse Jane).
The project is part of the Celebration of Service program, which has converted 22,000 homes and has invested more than $80 million to provide safe housing to veterans, per the news release.
On Friday, the team, including Julie Powell, an East Village resident and Home Depot store associate/volunteer along with Duffy, created a custom mobile work station for Power to keep his tools and materials and installed shelving and storage units to maximize his space, among other things.
EVG contributor Stacie Joy stopped the Lower East Side apartment of Power, a veteran, on Friday afternoon to check in on the progress…
Power said that he was happy and grateful for all the work done on his space ... and he had more plans for new mosaic and artwork for the future.
All photos by Stacie Joy unless marked…
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Sunday, November 23, 2014
EVG regular Stephen Popkin talked with Jim Power yesterday on St. Mark's Place and Second Avenue.
Stephen asked Jim about the status of his mosaic-covered lampposts that the city removed during the reconstruction of Astor Place.
"At the last Community Board meeting that I attended recently I was told that my mosaics would be preserved. They said that they would remove the lampposts and then cut them down to preserve the mosaics and try to reinstall them back into the area where they came from. I hope that they keep their word."
You can find more updates on Jim's blog here.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
[Photo from Aug. 5 by EVG reader Brian P.]
In recent months, Jim Power has been putting up signs around the neighbor to rally support to save his mosaic-covered lampposts from being permanently removed during the reconstruction of Astor Place.
And the campaign seemingly worked. The Villager reported the following on Tuesday:
The Village Alliance has been getting calls from concerned residents as well, according to executive director William Kelley, who contacted the city Department of Transportation, resulting in a commitment on the D.O.T.’s part to salvage and store the poles until they can be re-incorporated into the streetscape at a later date.
The planned Astor Place redesign will commence this fall and see the temporary removal and storage in a D.O.T. facility of seven of Power’s mosaic poles, according to an emailed statement from the city agency.
“The D.O.T. is working closely with the artist Jim Power and our partners City Lore and the Village Alliance to incorporate the light poles into the new plaza design,” the statement further read.
“I had a meeting with Jim to tell him that we are interested in helping to save them,” Kelley said on Tuesday, adding that there is no immediate danger to the artworks. He said the signs started appearing about two weeks ago, but that “nothing precipitated that” in terms of specific developments in the construction works.
However, despite these assurances, Power began "tearing down his multicolored mosaics from lampposts around Astor Place Wednesday as a preemptive strike against the city," DNAinfo reported yesterday.
He reportedly chiseled off the mosaic on the southwest corner of Third Avenue at Cooper Square.
[EVG photo from last evening]
Per Lisha Arino's report at DNAinfo:
Power decided to take down the Astor Place mosaics as a way to “preserve the identity of a community that is global, that is artistic [and] that is its own beauty," he said.
He plans to incorporate the removed tiles into new mosaics that he will install on lampposts on St. Mark’s Place, he said.
Said Kelley of the Village Alliance: "It's really worth preserving and it's a shame that he’s decided to do that."
You can read Jim's blog for updates here. A sign on Third Avenue at Cooper Square said the Astor Place mosaics will all be removed by Sunday.
Sunday, February 2, 2014
Friday, November 8, 2013
On Tuesday, Jim Power unveiled his latest mosaic... on the southwest corner of St. Mark's Place and Avenue A. The folks at Crif Dogs put up $600 for Jim to repair the hole that was in the sidewalk ... and to prevent anyone from being injured.
We asked Jim about the mosaic's middle finger.
"[It's] a message to old Mayor Bucko and the new one, Mayor De Bozo," he said via email. "They are spending $16 million to block the neighborhood's entrance at Astor Place while our streets and sidewalks are in dangerous disrepair."
Meanwhile, find out more about how you can help Jim restore his Mosaic Trail on his blog.
Thursday, August 8, 2013
[Photo from spring 2012 by Bobby Williams]
There was a nice feature yesterday over at Untapped Cities about Jim Power's Mosaic Trail... Per the article by Lara Elmayan:
We took a walk east along the trail and photographed every lamp post along it for posterity’s sake. Power, after all, has learned some cruel lessons from Giuliani and now accepts that his art may be ephemeral – especially if funding isn’t found to maintain and restore it.
Meanwhile, EVG reader Karen was fairly pissed last week after noticing that someone had painted over this mosaic on Broadway at Waverly... (Quote: "Stupid stupid stupid!")
Read more about Jim's efforts here.
Monday, August 5, 2013
Bobby Williams spotted Jim Power with two helpers today... hard at work restoring the mosaic on the northeast corner of Seventh Street and Avenue A... Jim continues to restore his Legendary Mosaic Trail. Read more about his efforts here.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Jim Power was speaking to a reporter from CBS News this afternoon on St. Mark's Place near Avenue A when a small group of tourists walked by... Someone on the street apparently pointed to Jim and said "That's the Mosaic Man right there."
And so Jim suddenly became a stop on the tour.