Jim Power on Avenue A with his Peoples Hall of Fame Award
Putting the pieces back together,Mosaic Man finds a patron, room
Things are starting to look up for Jim Power, the East Villages Mosaic Man. First, he won a City Lore Peoples Hall of Fame Award last month for his Mosaic Trail of decorated street lampposts in the East Village.
Then, last week, Power reported that a woman who has been following his travails in The Villager, has offered him an apartment at the end of this month and will pay him to do his mosaic artwork. Power didnt recall her name or the apartments location, but said the woman is a Greenwich Village resident.
Its going to last as long as I can behave, he said.
Even as he was being honored for his urban folk art, Power and his loyal canine companion, Jessie Jane were facing tough times. They were living on the street after finding themselves homeless. The Villager reported how Jessie Jane had been slashed by someone one night as they were sleeping on the street.
They definitely mentioned The Villager, said Power of his new patron. Theyve been keeping track.
As usual, Power had plenty to say about various local issues. He is no fan of the city Department of Transportations proposal to close Astor Pl. between Lafayette St. and Fourth Ave.
These guys are morons. I really think somebodys doing something for the front of that building, Power said, referring to the new Gwathmey-Siegel tower being constructed on Astor Pl. The next battle ahead is this street.
He was glad to read that the Project for Public Spaces has ranked the East Village the second-best neighborhood in North America and feels certain that his decorated lampposts helped the area attain this lofty distinction. He wants to talk to P.P.S. about this.
There was really no neighborhood when I got here, he said. I want to find out how much my work contributed.