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Celebrities, Architects Take Sides in War For Greenwich Village

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Glenn Collins' report for City Room on yesterday's St. Vincent's hardship hearing in front of the Landmarks Preservation Commission adds some fun details to the proceedings. In addition to the politicians that came out in favor of the plan, and the pro-St. Vincent's/Rudin Management rally by hospital employees going on across the street, Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon turned up to testify against the proposal. The couple live near the hospital, and after they both took some shots at the quality of care there, Sarandon urged the commissioners "to slow down here and look at what the alternatives are." But that wasn't the only wackiness. Architect Frederic Schwartz showed up with a plan of his own that would save the Albert Ledner's O'Toole Building from demolition. It would preserve the building and stick a twin circular tower on top (right), and he said it has Ledner's blessing. A lawyer advising the hospital said "anything that would meet the hospital's building program should be carefully considered," before, we assume, laughing hysterically. If you missed yesterday's hearing, don't worry: more sessions are planned!
· Actors Chime In on St. Vincent’s New Plan [City Room]
· Curbed's St. Vincent's Redevelopment coverage [Curbed]