With the redesign and reconstruction of Astor Place inching toward completion, Alamo Plaza just got some new furniture. Hey, it ain’t the cube (that’s expected to return sometime this month) but it’s no doubt a welcome development for “Midtown South” office dwellers looking for a place to gobble down one of those new Alidoro sandwiches during lunch break. According to the Village Alliance, parasols are also on the way.

Around the corner, Cooper Square is looking a touch greener, as the new sidewalk potters now boast trees and plants. 

If all of this seems like cause for celebrarion, the Village Alliance agrees. The area stewards announced yesterday that, from September 15 to 17, there will be an Astor! Alive Festival to celebrate the completion of the $16 million revamp this fall. The programming will feature a dedication to Jim “Mosaic Man” Power’s restored lightpoles; a parade with a marching band and puppets; cabaret from Joe’s Pub, La MaMa Café, and Theater for the New City; and still more open-air performances from Bowery Poetry Club, The Public Theater, Hetrik-Martin Institute, The Standard Hotel’s Sounds, Rod Rodgers Dance Company, Peridance Capezio Center and Danspace Project. Tune in here to find out who the three-day fest’s headliner will be once it’s announced.