When Bill Rudin and St. Vincent’s were planning a row of massive towers for the corner of 12th Street and 7th Avenue, one of the bones they’d thrown to the community was turning the triangle the hospital controls into a park—it’s currently walled off by fences and a mechanical facility.
After St. Vincent’s went bankrupt, the Rudins teamed up with North Shore-LIJ health system to convert the O’Toole Building into a scaled down critical care center. Though this means no 280-foot hospital tower, the Rudins are still building their big condos, and they are still committed to the park.
Are the persnickety neighbors satisfied? This is Greenwich Village, so of course not.
Rudin Management presented new plans for St. Vincent’s Triangle last night, according to DNAinfo, and the locals were still unimpressed:
“This could just as easily appear next to a high-rise on the Upper East Side,” she said at Wednesday night’s meeting, sparking a round of applause.
The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation said in a statement read by Elizabeth Finkelstein that architects should look at Abingdon Square and Jackson Square for inspiration. “A design which fits in with and draws upon the historic character of the West Village, which is characterized by small, oddly-shaped but enjoyable green spaces, would be most appropriate for the site,” Finkelstein said.
Community members also expressed concerns about potential vermin problems, homeless people sleeping in the park and the design’s lack of a playground. “That’s a huge seating area with no activities and nothing for children,” said Tobi Bergman, head of the community board’s parks committee.
And here we thought, with its 60 percent abortion rate, the Village wouldn’t need a playground. What they need is an urgent care center to get their pregnancies terminated at.