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Artistic Homages

In an effort to capture this ever-changing city, Hedy Pagremanski, an 85-year-old artist, spends her days sitting on the sidewalk, painting the streetscape around her. In the 1970s, she decided to "plop down an easel on the Lower East Side and start painting the buildings [she] loves," which just so happen to be buildings that are likely to be torn down. She's painted more than 80 landscapes of the area, and her most recent subject was a pair of Grand Street tenements that will soon be razed to make way for Essex Crossing. [NYT]