I’ve lived in Greenwich Village for almost 40 years. I’ve written to you in the past about the gentrification of what was once a bohemian village. I feel compelled to write to you again, this time regarding Ms. Pape’s front page article concerning specialists returning to what was once St. Vincent’s Hospital. I’ve written a long letter concerning care at LIJ’s ED (see page 1). I’m sorry for the length but because of a couple of experiences over the past two years I feel that not enough attention is being devoted to the need for a full-service hospital for our community. I know you have been on the right side of the debate ever since St. Vincent’s closed.
I don’t know why the electeds are not up in arms about the lack of hospital services for the various communities affected by St. Vincent’s closure. I believe pressure should be applied to our state assembly persons and senators as well as our city council members, especially Councilmember Cory Johnson. Especially in view of the fact that Beth Israel is downsizing. Anyway, I just wanted to share my thoughts with you and the West Village readers.
Since it is the season for giving thanks, I want to thank you for your long-time involvement in the community and especially for your efforts in saving St. Veronica from private development. I have enjoyed the few classical concerts held there and was happy to be a part of what Psalm 100 asks of us … to “make a joyful noise.”
Thank you for your service to the community and all the best for the holidays.