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The Brook Meets the Bronx; Library's New Light Show

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SOUTH BRONX?Common Ground, the nonprofit doing some interesting things with new housing for the homeless (like The Lee on the LES), cut the ribbon today on The Brook, a funky six-story building at 455 East 148th Street in the Bronx. The 190-unit building houses the formerly homeless as well as low-income workers and people with HIV/AIDS. It's the group's first Bronx building, and Alexander Gorlin Architects did the design. More info and pics on Common Ground's website. [CurbedWire Inbox]

MIDTOWN?A concerned citizen writes in regarding the ambitious lighting plan at the New York Public Library's landmark Fifth Avenue branch, now known as the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building: "Last night at Community Board 5, an NYPL official presented with at least 6 architects and lighting designers, a scheme to light the exterior of the NYPL at night. The project involves a significant expenditure for new light poles, adaptations of existing ones, and of course lighting fixtures, (plus consultants' fees). What they proposed and got permission to do seemed inappropriate at this time to those in attendance who know about service cutbacks and reduction in staff at the libraries. No compelling safety or functional reason for the project was given, it seems to be simply a matter of aesthetics." Yes, Murano fever is catching! [CurbedWire Inbox]