New Yorkers hate it when hospitals close, especially Manhattan and Brooklyn residents, who have suffered through a spate of closures and threatened closures, in recent years.
The shuttering of St. Vincent’s in the Village led one publisher to slap a state senator (“He’s a vacuous idiot,” slapper George Capsis said. “He never supported saving the hospital,” later admitting that he was upset because his wife died at a hospital in the Bronx, far from his home) and a Christine Quinn intern, who left in tears.
New York City, forever expanding its architectural and medical offerings, is about to add two contemporary healthcare centers to the hospital corridor along the East Side of Manhattan, in a prominent location right on the shore. It will further highlight the city’s position not only at the forefront of the nation’s medical establishment but also within the design leadership.
This morning, Mayor Bloomberg, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, CUNY and Hunter College announced plans to build two new science and medical facilities in a new millio-square-foot building on the Upper East Side. They reflect the Bloomberg Administration’s efforts to expand science and research activity in New York City at a timely moment when the city’s science, technology and research fields are flourishing.
Due to depleted funds from those hit by the recession, as well as a new $15 million initiative by Andrew Cuomo to keep the revolving door policy closed shut to hospitals’ recurring junkie patients, New York City is no longer the cocaine-fueled Wall Street joyride that it used to be.