Astor Place Cube Hauled Away To Rehab

11.25.14 Bucky Turco

On Tuesday, workers removed the Astor Place cube so it could be renovated according to Bedford and Bowery. The spinnable, iconic steel sculpture with a Texas-sounding name was designed by artist Tony Rosenthal and is by no means a one-off piece of artwork. The NYC version was first installed at its East Village location in 1967 and was only supposed to be displayed temporarily as part of a public art project, but local residents liked it so much, they petitioned to have it become a permanent fixture. In October, it was boxed up and today, shipped off. “We’re taking it to be rehabilitated,” said Amelia Ramos, a liaison for the NYC Department of Design and Construction. Ramos said The cube will “hopefully” be returned sometime next year.