Since the year 2000, New York City has seen 19 hospitals close and shutter their doors. The City of New York has seen hospitals be figuratively gutted from neighborhoods. Now, St. Vincent’s Hospital has literally been gutted and torn down (condos are going up for rich folks who will likely not have to pay much, if any, property taxes on them).
We were shocked to see that the entire building that housed the emergency room of the hospital has been demolished and that not much is left of the others. But, New York City is all about change, we are changing towards a future where there are no hospitals left, because who needs to get sick and die when they are in the great city in the world. Right?
Many folks find themselves traveling to Israel in a pilgrimage to the Wailing Wall, aka the Western Wall, where they write down a prayer, fold it, and stick it into the cracks of the wall. (Because that’s the best way to talk directly to God, obviously.) What many fail to realize, is that the a Wailing Wall right here in Brooklyn.
Look, someone left a prayer with hopes of riches in the wall.
So head on out to the Kings Highway N train station in Brooklyn. There are plenty of cracks to be filled with prayers. Let’s all hope that someone will pray for the many large, vertical cracks to be fixed before the entire station literally falls apart and upon commuters.
We are as perplexed as ever by the second unveiling of the building at the 4th Avenue F train station in Brooklyn. This is what is looked like as of last week. Pretty, right?
But, let us take a stroll through the history of the confusing construction work on it. Prior to the Culver Viaduct rehabilitation project, the building was graffiti covered and looks like this.
Then, when the Culver Viaduct rehabilitation project got underway, construction crews knocked off the top portion of the building.
Then they took all of the brick off of it.
Then they bricked/rebuilt the building and left it to look like this for approximately one year.
Then for some odd reason construction crews took down all of the year old brickwork.
Finally, after being knocked down and rebuilt twice, it currently looks like this. We appreciate that they put up the old graffiti covered stones at the top of the building this time around.
We can’t help but wonder if there is room in the budget for the building to get torn down and rebuilt for a third time. Maybe even just to have the project go over budget. It would almost be a shame if it wasn’t.
Happy Veteran’s Day! Big ups to our g-pa in heaven for surviving the fight against the Nazis during World War II and for proudly wearing our nation’s uniform, despite it also being of the same uniform that was responsible for the murder our then elderly German great-grandmother after the end of the war (Thanksgiving dinners, YIKES!).
Remember vets, you went to war to make sure that some rich guy can safely park his giant and completely unnecessary sailboat at Manhattan’s in Battery Park.
Well done! We salute you!