Health and Happiness
One is threatening to kill his newly-elected disciple’s signature campaign promise to raise taxes on the wealthiest New Yorkers to fund universal pre-K.
The other is trying to out-maneuver his old boss–one of the slickest political operators in the state–in a power play that has become the dominating drama of the post-election political season.
While some New York neighborhoods are fighting desperately to preserve their local hospitals, others are doing all that they can to stymie their expansion plans. Expanded access to health care in one’s neighborhood is, apparently, far from universally appealing. At least, so the vehement opposition to New York Methodist Hospital’s Park Slope expansion would seem to suggest.
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.