Holding On to the Past When Change Is All Around

This week’s Appraisal column travels back in time, looking at a Kips Bay apartment building. A lobby renovation there will cover murals painted by a tenant in the 1940s — a history that was kept alive by a long-time resident, Rachael Klaussner.

Ms. Klaussner, herself an artist, died over the weekend at the age of 100. Now, both losses — of Ms. Klaussner and the mural — are bringing great sadness to some tenants, who saw both as links to a long-gone New York and part of what made their building special.

The city, ever changing as it is, has many examples of such links to the past, and the people who have protected them. Please share the history — people, places and things — that you have cherished from the places you’ve lived.

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