It seems like hospitals are being eaten up left and right by developers hungry to make a profit by converting the large city buildings into pricey apartments. One of the only hospitals below 14th Street, Saint Vincent's, was mostly razed to make way for the mindbogglingly-pricey luxury condos and townhouses of The Greenwich Lane, and if things go according to the current plan, Brooklyn's Long Island College Hospital will follow with a conversion close behind.
The closures and conversions have ignited the anxieties of city dwellers who see their major health care facilities slipping away in exchange for properties not befitting the good of the general public, and politicians have reacted. In late June, assemblymember Jo Anne Simon and state senator Daniel Squadron proposed a bill that would require an assessment of community healthcare needs before hospitals are closed while also providing more transparency surrounding the closure process. Appropriately called the Local Input in Community Healthcare (LICH) Act, the bill that's already got the thumbs up from the state assembly is intended to forego another LICH exploit somewhere else in the city. Quite a few developers have eeked their conversions in prior to the bill's proposal. Here's a look at some of the city's former hospitals where people now make their homes.
With research and writing by Angely Mercado
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