This cube has sat in the middle of Astor Place for years. I've never really understood the point, but art, I suppose, doesn't always have to a "a point".
Trees around Astor Place are also bedecked with lights.
I passed by Cooper Union on my way to St. Mark's Place -- heading over to Second Avenue where the restaurant is. I've always thought of Cooper Union as an art college, but it is more than that. Abraham Lincoln spoke at Cooper Union in February of 1860. That famous speech helped propel him to the Presidency.
I had always thought of Cooper Union as an "art college", but it turns out to be much more. "Through outstanding academic programs in architecture, art and engineering, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art prepares talented students to make enlightened contributions to society. The College admits undergraduates solely on merit and awards full scholarships to all enrolled students.....
Founded in 1859 by Peter Cooper, industrialist and philanthropist, The Cooper Union offers public programs for the civic, cultural and practicable enrichment of New York City."
Over to St. Mark's Place -- a famous street in the East Village.
I'm sorry I didn't take any shots here -- I was more than ten minutes late and I was rushing.
Heading down Second Avenue, I passed by one of the buildings in the Tisch School of the Arts -- the fine arts school at New York University (generally known as "NYU").
The Tisch School sits on the site of the former Fillmore East -- a short lived, but iconic rock venue from 1968 through 1971. As a young teenager -- 14 or 15 -- I took the train into town from the suburbs with some friends and saw The Grateful Deal there -- in either the Fall of 1970 or the Spring of 1971. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fillmore_East
Finally, to the restaurant! A bit pricier than most of the Indian eateries along 6th Street (which is famous for good, inexpensive Indian food).