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St. Vincent's Hardship Plea: It's the Tower or the Morgue

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St. Vincent's Hospital and developer Rudin Management brought their scaled-back proposal for St. Vincent's Greenwich Village campus to the Landmarks Preservation Commission yesterday, and the hospital argued that if the LPC did not grant them permission to tear down the O'Toole Building at Seventh Avenue between 12th and 13th Streets to make way for a modern new hospital tower (above), then St. Vincent's will become obsolete and be forced to close. No word on whether a tiny violin was played while hospital officials addressed the commissioners. The hardship plea appears to be bolstered by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who both opposed the original plan but praised the revisions in statements read at the hearing, the Times reports. The LPC did not rule on the matter, and more hearings are planned.
· St. Vincent’s Says It Will Close if It Can’t Build Tower [NYT]
· St. Vincent's Gets Shorter, But Will it Fly? [Curbed]
· Landmarks Commission Says No to St. Vincent's Plan [Curbed]