Empty storefronts in New York are transformed into free art exhibits

Empty storefronts in New York City.
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Barbara Anderson found a way to showcase New York City artists while also preventing blight.

A middle school teacher, Anderson lives in Manhattan's Upper West Side, and she told The Christian Science Monitor that seeing stores in her neighborhood shutting down because of the pandemic was disheartening. "Every day, seeing more and more empty storefronts, it was kind of just like, well, what do I tell my students?" Anderson said. "If you see a problem you can sit and complain or you can try to do something about it."

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