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Ephemeral New York delves into the bas relief gracing the Village Voice building at 34-36 Cooper Square (aka Curbed HQ). The 1895 Renaissance Revival structure was built as a warehouse in 1894, but curiously depicts a "Goddess-like woman lying back beside an oil lamp, an open book balanced on her knees." A tipster mentions an architectural salvage store operated here in the 1980s but we're otherwise foggy about the mystery readers attached to the facade. Anyone care to shed a little light via the tipline? [Ephemeral New York]