Walking with my dog Mr. Butter, I came upon this willful destruction of the St. Vincent’s Hospital chapel. It was particularly poignant as I thought of how many times this non-believer sat in the chapel while waiting at the height of the AIDS pandemic for a friend or lover to die upstairs. Now, where so many memories and where I knew I could be in grief, it is being destroyed so blood condos can be built for the super rich. Particularly poignant, now post–Sandy, it would have been the only lower west side hospital with a Trauma 1 Emergency Room able to handle a pandemic crisis if it was still standing. Yet no. The politicians, particularly Mayor Wannabe, Christine Quinn-Billionsberg and State Senator Tom Duane who represent this District, stood by and with their silence and lack of political will let this hospital die and this chapel be desecrated. SHAME.