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Christopher Hitchens on St. VIncent's

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"St. Vincent Hospital’s O’Toole Building—a six-story brainchild of the New Orleans architect Albert Ledner—originally opened in 1964 as a home for the National Maritime Union, and its design is intended to evoke the oceanic. Go and have a look while you can, because it is again menaced with demolition, along with perhaps a cluster of other West Village buildings, in order to make room for a monstrous alteration to Seventh Avenue, at just the point where the greatest number of quirky and individual streets converge. It’s difficult to imagine an architectural or development coup that could change more landscape, and alter more long-evolved atmosphere, at one blow." [Vanity Fair]