The Day | More Details About Grace

Rachel Citron

Good morning, East Village.

We start the day with news on Grace Farrell, the homeless woman who was found dead on Sunday morning near Tompkins Square Park.  The Daily News reports Ms. Farrell, 35, was an aspiring artist who emigrated from Ireland at 17 to attend art school. Police are now trying to track down her family. Ms. Farrell was said to tell friends that her mother lived in the Bronx.  It is also reported that she was once married, and is survived by an estranged son who is about 9 years old.

Preservationists from various New York City organizations are expected to gather at 35 Cooper Square tonight from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in a last-ditch effort to prevent the demolition of the 185-year-old building, Nearsay reports.  The two-and-a-half story brick house is the oldest building in Cooper Square but was not granted landmark status by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.  On Jan. 28, a similar rally in front of 35 Cooper Square garnered more than 1,000 signatures asking for the landmarks commission to protect the building, but demolition plans are still underway.

Meanwhile, the weather is looking up. Sort of. According to Accuweather, today will be cold, with highs around 30, but milder the rest of the week, with temperatures creeping toward the mid-40s.