Mosaic Man’s FDNY 9/11 Tribute Pole Removed from Astor Place

Posted on: August 19th, 2013 at 6:00 am by
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With the Astor Place redesign already in play, elements of the former streetscape are vanishing. The Times Square-esque plaza overhaul – in planning for over five years – just claimed one of the Mosaic Man’s beloved poles. Or, so he claims.

An outspoken opponent of the plan from the get-go, Jim Power worried that at least six of his Mosaic Trail creations would fall to make way for the public square. Back in 2011, a spokesman for the Department of Transportation had said that they were aware of the mosaics and that his work was being “taken into consideration.” So much for that.

The Mosaic Man wrote the following on his blog:

MOSAIC TRAIL LIGHT POLE ..REMOVED AT ASTOR PLACE…………..IS THIS THE FIRST OF THE POLES REMOVED FOR THE RE-DESIGN OF ASTOR PLACE…….MOSAIC ALERT…………THESE ARE LANDMARKS AND NEED TO BE SAVED……………………….SAVE THE MOSAIC TRAIL FUNDRAISER TILL AFTER LABOR DAY……THIS IS A REAL MESS. AND HARD TO KEEP UP WITH…..WITH NO FUNDING. AND BESIDES A CRIPPLING DISABILITY I HAVE NOW A HERNIA IN MY GUT AND STILL HAVE TO KEEP GOING ,AT LEAST TILL LABOR DAY…………MAYBE THIS IS IT! ENJOY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED ALL THESE YEARS ,THANK YOU VERY MUCH, I WILL NOT GO AWAY QUIETLY FOR SURE.! MOSAIC MAN 1988-2013. WORSE POLE REMOVED AT ASTOR PL WAS TRIBUTE TO F,D,N,Y, FOR 911 SAD AND A SHAME FOR THE LACK OF SUPPORT FROM THE ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOOD„„„„„„EVERY ONE IS DOING TOURS OF MY WORK ,TALK OF TOWN ,YET I CAN’T GET REAL HELP OR RAISE THE MONEY. I GIVE UP JUST TO DO THE STREET WORK…………….SHAME ON THE CITY AND MOST VILLAGE RESIDENTS. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE…………………………………………..WHAT A DRAG I HAVE BEEN AND AM DISGUSTED 28 YEARS……………… MORE TO COME.

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