The Astor Place Cube is back in its rightful place in the East Village, waiting to be twirled by groups of NYU students and tourists once again.
Together with a slew of local leaders, Department of Transportation Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez unveiled the newly restored cube Tuesday morning.
Before being removed in May, the contraption that allowed the cube to spin on its axis had ceased working for nearly a year, according to the city.
All costs associated with the restoration were paid for by the Rosenthal estate, DOT Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez said in May.
The Public Design Commission approved a proposal to rehabilitate the cube in March, the DOT said.
It’s not the first time the cube has had to be removed. In 2016, the piece of art was hauled away while the city expanded pedestrian plazas in the area.
The Astor Place Cube, also known as the “Alamo (Cube),” was originally envisioned as a temporary art installation, but locals petitioned to keep the hulking 8-foot-by-8-foot-by-8-foot sculpture in place after it became part of the fabric of the neighborhood.