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CurbedWire: Village Green Plants Itself on the Bowery, New SoBro Landmarks!

THE BOWERY?Though not as egregious as when the sales office for Richard Meier's On Prospect Park in Brooklyn opened in Tribeca of all places, we're a bit amused that Village Green?the new LEED-touting development on East 11th Street near First Avenue?opted for a sales office on Bowery and East 4th Street (under construction, above). Is it because the developers want some of the Bowery's hip cachet to rub off on the project, or do they just not want buyers' first impressions of the building to be of the noisy school playground next door? [CurbedWire Staff]

SOUTH BRONX?Today the Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously approved landmark designation for a pair of library buildings in the South Bronx, two of the 67 funded by philanthropist and New York O.G. Andrew Carnegie through a $5.2 donation made in 1901. The first is the NYPL's Woodstock Branch at 761 East 160th Street, designed by McKim, Mead & White and opened in 1914. The other, the Hunts Point Branch at 877 Southern Boulevard, is an Italian Renaissance building designed in 1929 by Carrere & Hastings. Rock on, you old bookworms! [CurbedWire Inbox]