Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Grace Farrell, 35


The Daily News has more on Grace, the homeless woman found dead on Avenue B Sunday morning:

She came from Ireland half a life ago, a blue-eyed 17-year-old determined to make a splash in New York's art scene with her colorful portraits and vivid landscapes.

On Sunday morning — years after her life started to go bad in a haze of alcohol and a lousy marriage — Grace Farrell, 35, was found dead on the sidewalk in front of St. Brigid's Church on Avenue B in the East Village.

Her body was ice-cold from sleeping one too many nights on the street.

She spent her last night alive on a bed of cardboard in a church alcove. Thin blankets barely sheltered her from the brutal winter weather.

Read the whole article here.

Previously.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maybe REV BILLY, will get the People together and ask the city WHY something like this HAPPENS May her soul travel back to IRELAND with ST PATS COMIN UP THIS SHOULD BE A MAJOR CAUSE TO SEND HER HOME

Shawn Chittle said...

So sorry Grace. :-( You were my age and could have slept on my guest bed instead of the freezing cold, or in the hallway of my apt where it's certainly warmer than outside. I've had kids stay with me before when it is below zero. So sad, this was avoidable!

Anonymous said...

It's awful to hear this news about a Fellow Corkonian If you want to help look for ''Homeless Mike''or ''Irish Mike''.He can be found aroud The Workshop at St Monicas Church, 79st bet 2nd bet 1st and York.Mike is mostly a happy guy and likes American cheese on white bread.He has been asking for a dentist,Mike is also from Cork Ireland

Donal said...

Hi there, I am a journalist from Ireland and I am writing a piece on Grace. If anyone has any information on her or photos of her and her life they can email me at donallynch2004@yahoo.co.uk
Many thanks.

Goggla said...

So sad. No one deserves die - or live - this way. My condolences to Grace's friends and loved ones.

Marty Wombacher said...

A sad story. R.I.P. Grace.
@Donal: Who are you writing the story for? I'd like to read it when it comes out.

Anonymous said...

What a sad story. A beautiful young woman who could be a mother to her son or even take care of herself because of addiction. I know my share of addicts--drugs, alcohol--and too many stories end this way.

Jill said...

So sad, this could have happened to any of us save for one different choice or twist of fate.

TheBigLife said...

This morning;s New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/23/nyregion/23about.html?ref=nyregion

Anonymous said...

Donal be interested who you are writing the article for..

Donal said...

Hi there, I'm writing the piece for the Sunday Independent - the biggest newspaper in Ireland. I'm really just trying to get some information about Grace and her life and a photo of her if anyone has one. Again my email is donallynch2004@yahoo.co.uk I live in the East village, so I can also meet if needs be. Please get in touch. Donal.

B said...

A lot of the facts about Graces life are wrong, however, there are a group of us who think that the Grace you are writing about is our school friend.

Did anyone actually know Grace in New York and would someone (who knew her personally) mind identifying a photograph of our Grace.

Rest In Peace Grace, I hope you are happy now.