When the Astor Alive! Festival kicks off Friday, there’ll be a workshop on how to make spinning cubes, a parade featuring the lil’ cubes, and a “cube sticker slam.” But it looks like one thing will be missing: the actual Astor Place cube. The Village Alliance, which is throwing the fest to celebrate the redesign of Astor Place and Cooper Square, had expected the Alamo to make a triumphant return in time for the fest. But today a spokesperson at the city’s Department of Design and Construction tells us that “due to unforeseen logistical issues the scheduled return of the Alamo has been postponed.”
We’ve heard that one before: The Alamo, which was boxed up and hauled off to Jersey nearly two years ago, was supposed to come back in June. Then it was August. Now the city isn’t even bothering to get our hopes up: “We will advise as soon as we have a new date,” said the spokesperson.
Last week the The Villager reported that conservators were working on the sculpture’s greasing mechanism. That’s right, the cube was still being lubed.
Meanwhile, like a well-oiled machine, the Village Alliance is going forward with their fest. After all, there’s the new plaza seating and the return of Mosaic Man’s poles to celebrate. Plus a gleaming new La Newyorkina stand, selling Mexican popsicles and Dough donuts. And so, the Alliance just released the fest’s full events schedule, featuring performances by local institutions La MaMa, Joe’s Pub and The Public, Theater for the New City, Bowery Poetry Club, and, er, New York Health & Racquet Club? It all culminates in a street procession featuring members of Blue Man Group and the aforementioned spinning cubes.
If you want to help out with the parade props and learn how to build big ol’ puppets in the process, you can sign up for a puppetry workshop here. The workshops are run by the folks who make those amazing puppets for the Village Halloween Parade, so you can count on building some skillz for next year’s Burning Man.