Culture on the Cheap
Greenpoint Hospital To Get A Facelift?
Earlier this week I finally got around to going to Cooper Park. Of all the parks in the Greenpoint vicinity it is by far my favorite. Not only has it been beautifully restored, but its public lavatories is by far the finest to be had hereabouts. There is always an ample supply of toilet paper and the facilities are clean. But I digress.
As I was walking down Maspeth Avenue I noticed the Greenpoint Hospital (which is located across the a street) has been given the Christo treatment.
I was pretty bummed out that the beautiful facade of this building is now concealed. On the other hand if this building is getting a top-to-bottom overhaul, I think this is terrific news! My only question is: What will it be used for? Per the Department of Buildings, it will be “community facility” with parking to accommodate seven cars. The fact St. Nicholas Neighborhood Preservation Corporation now calls the site of the former outpatient annex home definitely lends some credence to this.
It should also be noted that a large number of vehicles for the New York City Department of Homeless Services grace the premises. Perhaps this will be a support center for the unhoused? I suppose only time will tell. In any case I suspect I speak for many when I say I am dying to know what the future will hold for this terrific old complex and will be delighted to see it finally restored to some semblance of its former glory!