Mosaic Trail

East Village & Lower East Side

Follow St Marks Pl from Broadway to Ave A to seek out the tile-encrusted street poles of this grassroots civic-art project, now in its fourth decade. In the mid-’80s, Vietnam veteran Jim Power began decorating lampposts with bits of tile, mirror, ceramics, beads and coins to deal with his PTSD and enliven the streets of the East Village with color and art. Many spell out local landmarks or historical figures. How many can you find?

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby East Village & Lower East Side attractions

1. St Mark's Church in-the-Bowery

0.07 MILES

Though it’s most popular with East Village locals for its cultural offerings – readings hosted by the Poetry Project or cutting-edge dance performances…

2. Astor Place

0.12 MILES

Even with the Alamo, an iconic piece of public art more often referred to as 'The Cube,' restored after several years absence, this is not the Astor Place…

3. St Marks Place

0.13 MILES

One of the most magical things about New York is that every street tells a story, from the action unfurling before your eyes to the dense history hidden…

4. Cooper Union Building

0.13 MILES

The large brownstone Cooper Union is a private college offering degrees in architecture, fine arts and engineering; it was founded by glue millionaire…

5. 41 Cooper Square

0.14 MILES

This state-of-the-art academic building, which opened in 2009, was designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Thom Mayne. One of the more eye-catching…

6. Museum of the American Gangster

0.18 MILES

During Prohibition, New York had an estimated 30,000 speakeasies – including one hidden away in this building (and later turned into an off-Broadway…

7. Grace Church

0.22 MILES

This Gothic Revival Episcopal church, designed in 1843 by James Renwick Jr, was made of marble quarried by prisoners at ‘Sing Sing,’ the state…

8. Merchant's House Museum

0.26 MILES

Built in 1832 and purchased by merchant Seabury Tredwell three years later, this red-brick mansion remains the most authentic Federal house in town. It's…