Astor Place’s iconic cube is moving (slide show)

See the city’s plans for the Astor Place and Cooper Square redesign, whose construction is already under way.

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  • Rendering courtesy Department of Design and Construction/Flickr

    Site plan of the new Astor Place with landscaping and new roadway design

  • Rendering courtesy Department of Design and Construction/Flickr

    Looking south toward the original plaza

  • Rendering courtesy Department of Design and Construction/Flickr

    Cooper Square, looking north

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    Astor Place, looking north up Broadway

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    Site plan of the new Astor Place and Cooper Square

  • Rendering courtesy Department of Design and Construction/Flickr

    Site plan of Astor Place and Cooper Square project

  • Rendering courtesy Department of Design and Construction/Flickr

    Astor Place subway plaza site plan

  • Rendering courtesy Department of Design and Construction/Flickr

    Cooper Square

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    Aerial view of Astor Place subway plaza

  • Rendering courtesy Department of Design and Construction/Flickr

    Cooper Square looking north

Rendering courtesy Department of Design and Construction/Flickr

Site plan of the new Astor Place with landscaping and new roadway design

The major redesign of Astor Place has begun. The $16 million project, managed by the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) and designed by NYC firm Weisz + Yoes Architecture, will majorly change the busy East Village intersection—primarily because the iconic cube, an art installation by Bernard Rosenthal that's officially called The Alamo, will move from the traffic island where it currently sits to a different plaza across the street.


Other updates include permanent pedestrian plazas on Astor Place and Cooper Square, new drainage, curbs and sidewalks, and a new design for Cooper Triangle Park with more than 60 trees and revamped plantings, seating and lighting. The city will also reconstruct Third Avenue and Bowery between East 4th and 9th Streets. Click through the renderings above, from the DDC's Flickr account, for a sneak peek at the project.



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