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Reader ianqui took this photograph of a cardboard box getting into the Halloween spirit early - by trying to be the Astor Place cube! Granted, it's not painted black, but white is so much more fetching to passers-by who want to scrawl various messages. We like to think of this box as Alamo-ette.

In 2005, the Astor Place cube, also known as The Alamo, was removed for repairs (and returned eight months later). It was also attacked with chalk last year (and powercleaned) and re-created at Burning Man this year.