On Tuesday, The New York City Council Zoning and Franchises Subcommittee will be holding what is the last public hearing, where you can testify against billionaire Bill Rudin’s plan to turn St. Vincent’s Hospital into luxury condos.
- When: Tuesday March 6th
- Time: 8AM to 11AM
- Place : 250 Broadway, 16th Floor Committee Room
- Photo ID is needed to enter.
- In the meantime, please CONTACT PUBLIC OFFICIALS
THESE ARE THE BASIC FACTS: (click here to watch St. Vincent’s Hospital: Timeline of a Crime)
There is no hospital on the ever expanding west side of Manhattan from the Battery Park to 59th Street. Our lives as residents, workers, students and tourists are increasingly at risk. Minutes matter, life and death or disability are determined by the travel time to an east side facility. There is no facility for pediatric emergencies.
The substitution of an experimental 2-bed stand-alone-emergency room and a tiny triangular sod of green cannot and should not be considered an appropriate land use swap when compared to the magnitude of the loss of the public’s access to timely and appropriate health care services. These are significant public health needs that cannot and should not be ignored. Who speaks for the people in this situation?
The proposed rezoning basically hands most of the special zoning considerations from St. Vincent’s Hospital, which was granted them to build larger new hospital facilities, to Rudin, to build luxury condos. This is not acceptable for this site, and this is not acceptable for anywhere in Greenwich Village. Special zoning considerations granted to institutions which serve a legitimate public purpose should not be handed off to private developers when that institution ceases to exist. We need a hospital.