In November 1967 Tony Rosenthal's now iconic "Alamo" sculpture landed at Astor Place! Join our birthday party for the "Cube" on November 1st where we'll be celebrating fifty spinning years with the following activities -
Creativity Cubed; Mini-Spinning Cube Making
Get creative and build your own mini-spinning Alamo Cube, then collage it with hundreds of different images depicting fifty years of Astor Place and East Village history. With images of famous buildings, places and face's you'll create your very own spinning chronicle of East Village life.
Fifty Continuous Minutes of Spinning the Alamo Sculpture in Support of GO Project
Yes, we're going for a record of keeping the "Cube" spinning for fifty continuous minutes! Seriously, no stopping! Join this record setting attempt to raise money for GO Project the incredible charity who are also celebrating their 50th and call Astor Place home . Simply decide how long you think you can spin the Cube for on your own, then decide how much you want to raise or donate, then warm yourself up and SPIN!! GO project shape the futures of low-income New York City public school children by providing critical academic, social, and emotional support starting in the early elementary years. GO Project provides year-round educational and family support services to children who are performing below grade level and equips them with the confidence and skills needed to succeed at school, at home, and in life.
Astor Place & Alamo Sculpture History Talks
The now iconic Alamo sculpture was the first ever piece of public art in New York City and was originally only meant to be on display for six months...the rest is history! Find out more about that history, and Astor Place's storied history at one of three fifteen minute Astor Place history snapshot walk's and talks, presented by one of our walking tour guides.
No birthday is complete without music nor the singing of Happy Birthday! We'll have the choir and orchestra from one of Astor Place's local schools perform!
After you have built and collaged a mini-spinning cube take on another creative by folding and creating an origami Cube! They're tiny and totally adorable!
Memory & Story Sharing
A lot's happened over fifty years and a lot has changed. We're asking everyone who knows Astor Place, whether they've know the neighborhood for fifty years or one day, to share their memories and experiences of the "Cube" and Astor Place. Stories can be shared anonymously with Astor Place favorite, the Strangers Project, who will then create a compendium of Astor Place memories and stories.
Cube Birthday Cake & Chocolate
It's a birthday party, of course there's going to be cake and chocolate! In fact there will be one very special cube inspired cake which once cut, will be shared with everyone at the party!!
The Cube deserves the best party, help make it happen by inviting a friend via Facebook and let's get as many folks as possible singing, "Happy Birthday dear, Alamo".
Keep checking back for more information about this event, which is co-sponsored with the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.