Astor Place Cube towed away overnight for restoration

The Astor Place Cube — a beloved interactive sculpture that tourists and locals alike have spun round and round for more than 50 years — was towed away by work crews Monday night, city officials said.

But fear not: the 1,800-pound cube, designed and fabricated by sculptor Tony Rosenthal in 1967, is simply set to undergo a full restoration, the city’s Department of Transportation said Tuesday.

For the past year or so, the mechanism that allowed passersby to spin the Cube has not worked, the department said.

It is expected to return to Astor Place Plaza in the East Village this summer, in August, after work is completed

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