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The Astor Place Cube, a staple of people's pedestrian life in the East Village/Astor Place/NoHoish Broadway area, is suddenly gone. The Village Voice speaks to various New Yorkers, who lament and theorize about the cube's disappearance, but there are few hard facts. The possibility the cube, also known as "the Alamo," was taken to be repaired is the most likely, given that the cube which people were able to rotate seemed stuck recently. Do any of our readers work in (or know people who work in) the Parks Department or other appropriate public arts organizations and may have clues to the case of the missing cube? If not, we might need to channel the spirit of Encyclopedia Brown! Update: Mystery solved!

You can remember the Alamo through the super fun Rubik's Cube prank.

Photo from Jesse Chan-Norris