Astor Place Update: Jim Power's Mosaic Poles

Work is underway to preserve Greenwich Village’s iconic mosaic poles.  

The mosaic poles are the work of artist Jim Power. Since the 1980s Power has decorated as many as 70 lamp posts with brightly colored, locally-sourced tile and glass, all telling historical and cultural stories from the neighborhood.   

Over the past year, neighbors have raised concern that the poles would be permanently removed during the reconstruction of Astor Place. We are pleased to announce the Village Alliance is working closely with NYCDOT, the artist and community activists to save and re-incorporate the poles as streetscape elements into the Astor Place redesign. While the light posts will no longer be functional, the mosaics will continue to serve as a icons for the neighborhood, an important fixture of Power's Lower East Side Mosaic Trail..

NYCDOT and the Village Alliance presented design options on December 9th to a joint task force of Community Boards 2 and 3 (see the presentation here).  The next steps will be to apply to the City's Public Design Commission in early 2015 to modify the existing approved Astor Place design to incorporate the mosaic poles into the new streetscape.