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Return of Astor Place Cube Delayed Until August

By Allegra Hobbs | June 24, 2016 12:19pm | Updated on June 27, 2016 12:25am
 The return of the Alamo cube has been pushed back to August.
The return of the Alamo cube has been pushed back to August.
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EAST VILLAGE — The anticipated return of Astor Place’s three-dimensional Alamo cube may be delayed for up to two months, according to the Parks Department.

Though last week's construction bulletin put out by the city’s Department of Design and Construction slated the return of the sculpture for Wednesday, June 22, the Parks Department has since revealed the cube is now scheduled for an August return, as first reported by AM New York.

The cube has to undergo inspection before its reinstallation, a department spokeswoman said.

"The City is looking forward to an installation of the Alamo in August," Parks spokeswoman Crystal Howard in a statement to DNAinfo New York. "The Alamo must first be inspected by a conservator."

Howard went on to clarify that the cube falls under the jurisdiction of the Department of Transportation, though the Parks Department routinely contributes its expertise to the upkeep of the plaza and the structure. 

The cube was removed in 2014 to make way for a redesign of the plaza, along with the beloved light poles featuring the handiwork of Jim “Mosaic Man” Power.

After a community campaign to keep the historic poles in place, the city is now working with Power to bring the mosaic-encrusted fixtures back to the plaza this fall, along with the iconic cube.