The nurse watching over West 12th Street

Cel mai frumos spital din New York devine un condo de apatamente de lux …

Ephemeral New York

stvincentsnursedoorwayThe scaffolding is gone and the construction vehicles have departed.

Now, the gleaming new condos (collectively called Greenwich Lane and fetching multimillion dollar prices) carved out of the former St. Vincent’s Medical Center on West 12th Street and Seventh Avenue are ready for occupancy.

Yet amid the landscaped courtyard, new bronze accents, and the cool marble lobby, a few lingering bits of the old Catholic hospital remain.

Take this nurse, carved into the facade above a doorway. Paying homage to the thousands of nurses who tended to St. Vincent’s patients from its opening in 1849 to its demise in 2010, she continues to look out solemnly for passersby on the West 12th Street side.

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With St. Vincent’s gone, this faded subway sign in the 14th Street IRT station is even more of a relic.

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