Historic ‘Mosaic Trail’ Light Poles Will Be Reinstated in Newly Configured Astor Place

Posted on: December 1st, 2014 at 6:08 am by

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Looks like the community is organizing to ensure the life work of local artist Jim Power – the historic “Mosaic Trail” – remains an integral cultural component of the East Village. In particular, the battered section currently under construction for the Astor Place redesign (no, this is not Midtown South). Many of the tiled light poles dotting the area were uprooted to make way for the $16 million capital works project. At the time of removal, the DOT maintained that these elements would be stored in a Queens warehouse and reinstated once the area is ready.

Talk of said reinstatement is now starting. In fact, a joint Astor Place Task Force forged between Community Boards 2 and 3 proposes to re-incorporate Power’s ten existing light poles into the new design as decorative installations (i.e. not powered). The group will meet next week to further discuss three configuration options, including one possibility where all mosaic fixtures line the east side of Cooper Square. Which placement do you think will work best?

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The push to redesign Astor Place will completely change this nexus neighborhood, adding two pedestrian plazas and reconfiguring Peter Cooper Park altogether. Expect completion by the end of 2015, give or take a decade.

Astor Place Mosaics Presentation

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