It's been less than a year since The Alamo, a.k.a. the Astor Place Cube, made its triumphant return to Astor Place following extensive renovations, but it looks like it's going to need another facelift soon. It appears someone has jazzed up the black cube with some yellow squiggles:
— Brittany Sullivan (@brittsullivan) August 31, 2017
A tipster who noticed the graffiti at around 9:40 a.m. this morning told Gothamist the Cube was squeaky clean last night, so it must have been squiggle-bombed overnight or early this morning. The NYPD's press office was not available this morning to confirm, but we'll update if any information regarding the Cube becomes available.
This isn't the first time someone's tried to redecorate the Alamo, which has rested in Astor Place intermittently since 1967 and is arguably the city's greatest piece of permanent public art, for better or for worse. The Cube's been a hotspot for taggers for years— it was restored in 2005 to rid it of graffiti, and since then it's been blanketed and yarn-bombed a few times, and attacked by chalk. The Cube then spent two years undergoing repairs and the city reinstalled it in November. Someone promptly tagged it:
S/O to the Village Alliance Clean Team for their hard work in getting the "Cube" cleaned up today after senseless vandalism. Thanks Guys! pic.twitter.com/MINlgIMxWW
— Astor Place NYC (@AstorPlaceNYC) February 27, 2017