A beloved piece of city artwork makes it way home to the East Village.
The famous cube sculpture is back at its long-time location on Astor Place.
The iconic centerpiece was removed nearly two years ago as part of the city's reconstruction project to expand pedestrian plazas.
Since then it's undergone a $180,000 reconstruction and rust removal.
The sculpture is known for its ability to spin on its axis, and officials and neighbors both say it has been an integral piece of the neighborhood for decades.
"There's a real visceral connection that people have with this," said Ian Michaels, a spokesman for NYC Design and Construction. "And when it was removed, people were concerned that they wanted to make sure that it was coming back."
"It's just got this urban density to it, but the fact that it spins around, gives it kind of a playfulness too and so, I think that's — that, that describes our neighborhood," said one East Village resident. "It's urban, it's dense, but it's playful and artistic too."
"Such a focal point of this neighborhood, so I'm glad to see it back," said another.
The sculpture, officially named "The Alamo," was originally constructed back in 1967.
It weighs 850 pounds and stands 15-feet high.